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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:37 pm 
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Blues back on The PP!

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Blues win! Blues win! 3 PP goals! 6-3! Like it! :mrgreen:

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How about that? Blais on the power play and it worked!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:31 am 
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Good win.

One thought about Allen- it seems like he plays fantastic until the Blues are several goals up, then his play loosens up a bit. Which is fine when we are scoring 6 or 8 goals and can afford to give up a few, but I'd like to see him get his GAA down closer to 2.00, or less even. We don't always blow out our opponent.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:30 am 
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Not really sweating that GAA thing. Almost everyone in the league who's played more than 10 games, with very few exceptions, has a higher GAA than last season. The consequence of defenders not being able to use their sticks like they used to.

Would it be nice to see it lower? Yes. Is it really something to worry about in the regular season? I don't think so. Why kill himself in the regular season making ridiculous saves when the Blues have games won? We all saw Allen elevate his game in the playoffs last season and won't be surprised if we see the same when that time rolls around again.

Heck, Corey Crawford has a 2.16 and is only 10-7-1. I'll take the increased offensive output and wins in exchange for a few more goals against

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I’m not worried about Allen’s gaa. An elevated goals against is the byproduct of a looser system that encourages an increase in offense. We’re fine, Allen’s fine, the boys are scoring (for the most part) and the system appears to be working.

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Yeah, I'm not worried- I know Allen is fine. Like glen said, everything seems to be working right now, so I'm mainly coming from the perspective of striving to make good things even better. Because when the time comes, I don't want Allen to be fine, I want him to be friggin' great.

And now that I think about it, more than Allen, our special teams could use some improvement. Looking at last night's game against the Wild alone wouldn't make you think so, but I think that game is the exception rather than the norm. Sounds like they are working on getting the puck down low on the PP rather than relying on cycling around the outside and taking the shot from the point, so that's good.

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Blais made a difference on the 2nd power play unit. His puck retrieval and knowing where to be to do so were outstanding. That's the difference between having a Paajarvi/Sundqivst/Jaskin type on that 2nd unit vice a skill player. At some point, they younger, more skilled players have to be allowed to play (more than a game here or there), even if it might cost you a SHG on occasion. That 2nd PP unit with one of those other three is simply ineffective. Opponents just just cover the points and Stastny and that PP unit does nothing. Add in Blais and that no longer works.

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Blais should not be heading back to the AHL ever again. If he had played in the Nashville game, with all those power plays we had early on, I think the game would have turned out differently. He's a major factor on special teams. You can't have any power play unit consisting of non-skill players, like Theo said. Adding Blais makes the power play worth the full two minutes when you can get the 2nd unit out there and have them just as likely to score as the 1st unit.

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Part of why Blais likely got sent back down - his advanced analytics simply didn't look good at all. Of course, Bennett's analytics looked good. Sometimes the eyeball test is more important than the analytics, IMO. Otherwise, one turns into the 2016-17 Florida Panthers who still haven't completely recovered from that off-season and in-season debacle (4th worst record in the league right now).

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