Hello one and all. TomT has this road trip, so here I am back on the chat. Let's get to it.
I wouldn't read too much into it. The Blues are going for experience in the stretch run. Which is why Armstrong traded for Leddy. Mikkola has improved by leaps and bounds this season, but still needs to do better with his zone exits, and as you mentioned, avoiding silly penalties. But barring injury, I don't think we'll see much of him the rest of this season
Yeah, Leddy has been very solid. If you're talking about staying beyond thsi season, not sure how that happens what with the Blues' tight cap piicture. Remember, they have Husso to re-sign, and I would presume Perron, among others.
Well, the Blues are 23 games over .500, so that commitment has been there for long stretches of the season, just not consistently enough. I've mentioned this many times since the start of the season - the Blues (Berube) have been trying to mesh more speed and skill with the team's cornerstone principles of grinding, checking, defensively sound play. And it's been a bumpy ride at times. But I think part of what you're saying is true. The Blues realize what time it is. And they have responded.
I don't think Armstrong overvalues depth. When is the last time Auston Matthews or McDavid/Draisaitl won a Cup? Having a collection of good to really good players (as opposed to one or two superstars) worked for the Blues in the 2018-19 season. And it has kept the Blues highly competitve for most of the past decade - and without the benefit of high draft picks. We'll see what happens this time around. It just so happens that this collection of good to really good players is a little more skilled offensively, but a little less talented defensively. Defense and goaltending usually carry the day in the playoffs. But there don't seem to be as many low-scoring games thsi season league-wide. Scoring is up. I'm curious to see if that carreis over to the playoffs.
The Blues could be in position to clinch a playoff berth this weekend. But I would think they'd try to avoid a wild-card berth and and the prospect of facing either Colorado or Calgary in Round 1. So I think they will have to play into next week to clinch at least third place in the Central. And at that point, they'll have only a couple games left in regular season. So II believe the point is moot. I'm sure if having momentum at the end of the regular season helps in the playoffs. But I'd rather have it that way.
Sure looks that way. Faulk has been the Blues' best defenseman this year and last, in my opinion.
The Blues have only 3 home games remaining in the regular season. Unfortunately the Cardinals are on the road for two of them - April 16 and April 19; and they're playing at home on the day of the third game - April 29. The crowd at Enterprise sure got hyped up to see Pujols and Molina the other night.
I don't see the Sabres too much, so I don't have a feel for his game. In fact, I'm surprised to see him doing what he's doing this season. (He actually is at 33 goals now, having scored last night against Toronto.)
The period started out that way, but it seemed like the second Tarasenko goal really took the life out of the Bruins. They had a lot of one and dones. And I think their shot total overall was a bit misleading since Boston is one of those high-volume teams that throws a lot at the net, many of which are relatively harmless. But the Blues are doing better in the third period lately. I also think the Blues were helped by the fact that Boston was without two of its top six D-men, as well as Pastrnak due to injuries. And also lost another defenseman early (Carlo). The Blues caught the Bruins at the right time.
I really like the makeup of the Blues' top 3 lines right now. I think the mix of the physical, responsible Schenn and Barbashev with Kyrou is a good one. Kyrou's a little lost right now, in part because he's been bothered by that illness - and also it's clear that opposing teams are gunning for him (physically). But I think he'll be fine
Well, I think part of the reason for that is that the Blues have done so poorly in overtime!
Sure. But let's face it, Husso is a blank page in terms of playoff experience (I know, as Binnington was three years ago).
Agreed. But playing devil's advocate here, it's just a small sample size right now. Scandella looked very good in those 11 games replacing Jay Bouwmeester at the end of the 2019-20 regular season, and has since seen his share of struggles. Although he's playing very well lately.
The 1999-2000 Blues, which won the Presidents' Trophy with 114 points, was plus-83.
I'm sure the Blues will try to re-sign Husso. How they do this is another question.
I think that's a little harsh. But Bozak has not had a good season.
You know I'm not really up on the TV stuff. You might try contacting our media columnist Dan Caesar: DCaesar@post-dispatch.com.
True, and give Bill Armstrong - former director of amateur scouting now the GM in Arizona - some of the credit. I'm beginning to wonder about Kostin not working out as well. And the two most recent first-rounders - JakeNeighbours and Zac Bolduc - look promising as well. As for Leddy, I don't know how you make it happen, cap-wise, especially with Perron and Husso to re-sign.