Lots of potential. Wants to be an NHL player, which may seem basic, but is important. Perron has told us he's almost too apologetic when he makes a mistake on the ice. (Perron has told him - in so many words - to just relax and play.) I think Kostin is coming to the realization that his path to success in the NHL is as a power forward. The more he embraces that, the quicker he'll establish himself.
These things usually have a way of working themselves out.. Players will get injured. There could be more positive COVID tests. I'm sure the Blues will find a place for him in the lineup once he's healthy and cleared to play.
Yeah, that's the question, isn't it? I think the Blues have the potential to be a top 10 scoring team, but they're not going to keep averaging 5 goals per game. Conversely, the defense is playing better than expected in my opinion. On the heels of the Husso shutout, they're allowing only 2.20 goals per game, which is fourth-best in the league. Can they keep that up? I don't know. The goaltending has been awfully good so far.
Well, you saw where Berube moved him up in the third period against LA - actually I think it started even late in the second period. So it's possible. But I think Berube likes having a physical presence in Kostin, who also skates well for a big man, with Perron (and O'Reilly,, when healthy). I think it will be a fluid situation as we go forward here, against depending on Neal's play. Neal does get to the front of the net consistently, and you know Berube likes that.
I don't know if that's the case. Just not sure. In terms of the LA game, one of the reasons it looked like Husso faced easier shots is the fact that he allowed next to no rebounds. I think TomT tracked it, and said Husso allowed only 2 rebounds all night, which is very impressive.
I haven't seen the story. But are they upset over possibly damages one the case is decided? I'm not saying all NFL owners are evil, but in general they are a greedy arrogant bunch. And they love making money.
Do you mean over the course of the season? We'll see.what happens post-Olympics, when the games are really stacked up in March and April (slightly more than one every other day over two full months).But you never know. All it takes is a couple of injuries or a positive COVID test or two to make that depth disappear.
Yeah, a 4-1 lead against Colorado almost became a 4-4 game but for a disallowed goal; a 6-2 lead against Arizona shrunk to 6-4; and a 6-1 lead in the first LA game went to 6-3. All in the third period. I don't think the Blues are coached to sit on leads. Berube has said several times he doesn't want the Blues to play the score. It's nice to have big leads, but it is something they need to work on.
Needs to get stronger and stay healthy. And he's a different type of player than Neighbours. But yes, he could make a push for a roster spot.
To be honest, I haven't paid any attention to the mask situation. Has it been bad? Of course, it is seemingly impossible for the ushers to enforce. There's just not that many of them.
If I was going to pick, I would've picked Monday's game against the Kings. Smaller crowd. Husso in goal. Second game against the Kings. As for the next four games: I'm going to say at LA KIngs, just because of the familiarity factor _ the third meeting between the teams in little more than a week.
Coaches are superstitious. As long as the Blues are winning, I don't expect any changes on the D-pairings. But once they lose a game, that's when Mikkola comes in for Walman or Bortuzzo. (Again, barring injury, etc.) The Walman-Bortuzzo pairing has been very steady. Although it should be noted, Berube has limited their exposure. Neither is averaging even 14 minutes of ice time a game, which is low even for a third pairing.
No. Team is playing well. Third pairing playing well. If it ain't broke. . . .
Obviously, it was an encouraging start. But what I'm sure the Blues want to see from Husso is several good starts - 2,, 3, 4 - stacked together. I'm not saying a shutout every time out, but just some consistency in performance over several weeks. I still see him at this point in more of a 25-game role.
Unless I'm remembering this incorrectly, I thought the Blues were like $15K under the cap when Sundqvist was being counted on the active roster for that first day. So I think they're good. Barely.
I think he stays. He's Berube's type of player.
I would certainly think so. Although it could be Santini, if the Blues think Perunovich would be better served getting more minutes in Springfield.
Schenn has 1 minor this year, so not sure what you're getting at there. My pick would be Kostin. But the Blues traditionally have been among the league's least-penalized teams - at least in recent years. I think last year was an outlier.
Well, don't they achieve that just by sending a player out to create a roster spot for Sundqvist?