Here is the Blues' lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets.
In the first of seven exhibition games, the club will travel to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
At age 30, after winning back-to-back championships in Sweden, he's ready for a second shot.
Here's a guide to the team's line combinations and defensive pairings in training camp.
Nevertheless, 'it's really cool to be back' Tarasenko says as 60 players hit the ice for the start of training camp.
Both the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche will point to February 19, 2011 on the calendar and say it was a day that changed their respective franchises.
The remaining question is whether it changed for the better.
February 19 was the date that the St. Louis Blues sent defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a 2011 first round draft pick to the Colorado Avalanche for forward Chris Stewart, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and a second round pick. Though highly questioned on both sides, the early critics gave the edge to the Blues. Just ask Avalanche center Paul Stastny’s father, Peter.
“This young team was ready to challenge, almost, for a Stanley Cup this season,” Stastny told Kelly Chase of KMOX after the trade. “They were so good. All they needed was some more chemistry, and some synergies. Instead, they destroyed the team. I mean, that was a one-way deal. Mr. Armstrong will look like a genius. I don’t know what they were thinking in the Colorado organization. I should not have said this, but I’m so, so mad what they’ve done to this team. They’ve moved the team about two to three years back again.”
Looking at the trade on paper, it was easy to see why Stastny could not keep his opinion to himself. At the time of the trade, Stewart amassed 41 goals in 113 games spanning over two seasons. Shattenkirk was in the middle of his rookie campaign, scoring 26 points in 46 games, placing him second in rookie defensemen scoring just behind Anaheim’s Cam Fowler at the time.
A St. Louis Blues – Winnipeg Jets game does not sound too appetizing now, does it?
Give it about 3 years.
By December 9, 2014, the Blues and Jets will have played each other anywhere from 13-16 times. This is not even including any playoff matchups that may have occurred.
Under the new NHL alignment strategy, there will be four conferences with two of these conferences sporting seven teams and the other two conferences featuring eight teams. Within the seven-team conferences, each team will face-off six times throughout a season. In the eight-team conferences, each team will face each other five or six times, working on a season-by-season rotating basis.
Here are the four new conferences under the new alignment plan:
Conference A (8 teams): ANA, CAL, COL, EDM, LAK, PHO, SJS, VAN
Conference B (8 teams): CHI, CBJ, DAL, DET, MIN, NAS, STL, WIN
Conference C (7 teams): BOS, BUF, FLA, MON, OTT, TBL, TOR
Conference D (7 teams): CAR, NJD, NYI, NYR, PHI, PIT, WAS
This is where I think that the NHL did a genius job putting together each conference; some rivalries will stay intact. These include Anaheim – Los Angeles, Chicago – Detroit, Boston – Montreal and Philadelphia – Pittsburgh.
St. Louis Blues Radio, the only St. Louis Blues hockey podcast, will be taking a break from recording shows for an undeterminable amount of time.
It seems that the show has hit a bit of a snag at the moment.
Curt Price, creator of LetsGoBlues.com and one of three hosts of St. Louis Blues Radio, will unfortunately no longer be a part of the podcast. Curt has devoted a lot of his time to making the show top-notch. As well as providing edgy commentary, Curt is a big part as to why the show was created. He took it upon himself to create stlbluesradio.com while also getting the show to appear on iTunes every week. Curt handles recording the show as well providing and setting up the equipment each week.
I personally want to thank Curt for all of his help in getting this show off the ground.
A rather giant dilemma we all faced when starting up the show was finding a studio, including equipment, to record each week. Curt provided that, offering up his place of employment, SIUE, to use their recording studio.
With Curt out of the picture, St. Louis Blues Radio no longer has a technical guru who records the show and uploads it to the website. There is also no longer a set of equipment or a studio at which to record.
Remember that penalty-kill percentage just a few weeks ago? Yea, I am trying to forget it too.
Just under a month ago, the penalty-kill was uglier than Mike Ricci. Head Coach Ken Hitchcock saw his team surrender two power-play goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, one in which had NHL leading-scorer Phil Kessel wide open in front of the net. After that atrocity, the Blues ranked 30th in the league with a 73% kill-rate (only killing off 38 of 52 opportunities).
The Blues followed that up by shutting out the Lightning two nights later and stopping all five Lightning opportunities. The penalty-kill squad went on a roll from there.
Since the Maple Leafs game (eight games-played), the team has killed off 30 out of 32 power-plays (94%). If the Blues had this great of a penalty kill all season, they would currently be in the top-three among NHL penalty-kill percentage.
Why has the penalty-kill been such a success as of late?
Is there such a thing as reporter’s intuition? I sure hope so.
St. Louis Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford tweeted Monday that David Perron could be ready for Saturday’s contest against the Chicago Blackhawks. Here are Rutherford’s tweets about Perron:
“It's purely a guess on [Perron] being in lineup Saturday. But it makes sense ... couple more good practices, last line change at home, etc.”
So there you have it; Rutherford is giving hope to Blues Nation that David Perron could be ready for Saturday.
What does this mean for the Blues’ opponents?
In 19 career games against the Blackhawks, Perron has amassed 8 goals, 5 assists and 13 points while accumulating an astounding 43 shots-on-goal in that time. That may not be eye-popping numbers to you, but let’s take a closer look at what he did just before his knockout blow from Joe Thornton on November 4 of last season.