Pacioretty is the reason Subban wound up in Nashville. Just say no to Pacioretty.
On to the game as I watched it.
2nd period when the Blues 2nd power play unit with Barbashev in the middle being a complete disaster - I thought - stupid question time. If Brodziak is playing well enough to be on a regular offensive line, why isn't he on the 2nd power play unit over a clearly struggling Barbashev? Well, that got answered in the 3rd when Brodziak was on that unit over Barbashev.
As regulation was winding down, thought I really don't want this to go to OT. The Devils are a younger, faster team and the Blues will struggle to maintain possession in OT thanks to the lack of skilled offensive forward depth.
Overall, the Blues did an excellent job denying the Devils opportunities. One thing NJ does exceedingly well is get guys in front, shoot towards the front, and get deflections which go in - like the Hischier goal. The Blues took this away most of the game. Devils did a good job keeping the Blues away from the front of the net also. Solidly played 3 periods by both teams.
So, OT happens and the Devils pretty much dominate OT while one of the Blues players who a) wins puck battles, b) handles the puck well c) rarely turns the puck over c) passes well and d) has an excellent shot never sees one minute of OT ice time. Why? Yeo is too concerned about having a defensive forward on the ice on almost every shift and refuses to play the rookie, no matter how skilled, in critical times. It's not like Thompson and Stastny have chemistry or anything, like we keep hearing Panger say during broadcasts. This is as bad as when Hitchcock wouldn't use Fabbri in OT. Tage Thompson is the kind of skill player who should excel in OT, if the coach would even give him one friggin' shift. Meanwhile, NJ is rolling out at least one rookie in all of their 3-man OT lines. Why? Because it's about time, space, speed, skill, and maintaining possession for the best possible shot - not playing it safe with veteran checking forwards. This almost cost the Blues the win, but Hutton saved their bacon in OT. And Kinkaid was awful in the SO, while Hutton continued his brilliant play.
Well, at least we know the Blues can beat Eastern Conference teams not from Tampa Bay.
On to the Vegas game.
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