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He will play on a line with Stastny and Lindstrom.
First NHL teams looked at their kids. Then they gave depth guys their chance. Now coaches are locking in serious season preparation with their key players.
Blues forward will wear No. 17 to honor his late sister Mandi.
He will wear No. 17 this season in honor of his late sister, Mandi Schwartz.
First-round pick Fabbri, sixth-rounder Lindbohm have exceeded expectations to make the final 33 in camp.
For someone who was often a healthy scratch in Montreal, Matt D’Agostini has found a safe home in St. Louis.
D’Agostini, drafted in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by Montreal, was never expected to be a top-line talent. That showed while wearing a Montreal jersey, scoring just 25 points in 94 games played, including just 4 total points last season. Fans were upset and the coaching staff in Montreal was disappointed, earning him a reoccurring spot in the press box. But a change of scenery seems to be all the fourth-line mucker needed.
The then-23 year-old winger got a first-class ticket out of Montreal last March, when he was traded at the deadline for prospect Aaron Palushaj. Fans were constantly calling D’Agostini a nuisance to the Canadiens, gladly welcoming the trade. D’Agostini saw only seven games the rest of the season for St. Louis, recording no points. But after missing the playoffs, the Blues gave D’Agostini a chance. And boy did it pay off.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced in mid-June that the club reached a deal with D’Agostini, signing him to a one-year, $550K contract. Heading into camp, D’Agostini would have to battle the likes of Brad Winchester, Vladimir Sobotka, Cam Janssen and B.J. Crombeen for a secure spot on the third and fourth lines. Not only did he play hard and make the team, but he really got believers with his hard work and patience in the pre-season. After scoring a goal in the pre-season, D’Agostini continued his production in the Blues’ second game of the season. He scored two goals in a Blues’ route over the Anaheim Ducks, resulting in a 5-1 victory.
We’ve all watched it. We’ve all suffered through them. We’ve all ripped our hair out over it. That Blues power-play has been atrocious this season, hasn’t it?
Currently ranked 26th in the league with a 13.3%, things almost cannot get any worse. Factor in that the Blues have the third-worst power-play on home ice (10.9%), are currently on a 0-16 slide (including 0-9 at home) and you get a team that seems unbearable to watch. There has not even been a power-play goal since Alex Pietrangelo scored in the middle of the first period against the New Jersey Devils twelve calendar days ago. So what should the Blues do to fix this major problem? Here are a few ideas that could change things.
Ty Conklin and the Blues defense just could not stop the Blackhawk onslaught Tuesday night, despite an early third period comeback.
The Blackhawks, who came in to the game with a 13-11-2 record, opened up the scoring Tuesday when forward Jeremy Morin swarmed Blues’ defenseman Nikita Nikitin behind his net, forcing a sloppy pass that was cut off by Patrick Sharp of Chicago. He slid it to Tomas Kopecky, who cannot be loved by many as he is also a former Red Wing. He blasted it past Conklin for the 1-0 lead at 4:38 of the first period.
That wasn’t the only offense in the first though. St. Louis had an answer for the Hawks, when David Backes carried the puck into the offensive zone and slid it to line-mate Vladimir Sobotka. With an extreme amount of patience, Sobotka carried it low and threw it in front, as Patrik Berglund was there to bang in the pass for his sixth of the season and the 1-1 tie at 16:59.
The veteran forward guaranteed a happy Thanksgiving to Blues fans Wednesday night.
In a game that saw just 45 total shots, Andy McDonald took advantage of all of his chances.
Right off the opening face-off, the Blues drove the puck into the offensive zone and Alex Pietrangelo slid it over to McDonald, who skated to the top of the left face-off circle and blasted a wrist shot top-shelf over the helpless Pekka Rinne. In just nine seconds, the Blues had a 1-0 lead. The fastest opening-goal in the NHL this season was McDonald’s sixth of the season and his tenth point in the last seven games.
“We got a little bit lucky there,” McDonald said. “It came off the wall and I think it went off the defenseman’s stick [and] kind of came right to me and I got it in the slot there. A little bit of luck there but it’s good to get a good start.”
Two-Face said it best; it is always the darkest just before the dawn.
I doubt that the Blues players repeated this movie line before heading into the weekend, although it seems to fit rather perfectly. The Blues were driving down a dark road that had no glimmer of light. Giving up 29 goals in five games (all resulting in four losses and one overtime loss), the St. Louis hockey team looked like they would never pick themselves up. But back-to-back games at home can do wonders.
Friday night the Blues welcomed the Ottawa Senators to town. Davis Payne noticed a problem, or he just simply read the home page for LetsGoBlues.com before announcing his starting line. Erik Johnson was taken off of Eric Brewer’s pairing and was placed with Carlo Colaiacovo on the back line, while youngster Alex Pietrangelo replaced him on Brewer’s pairing. Simple proof that what is written here is the most important information for hockey fans (ok, maybe not the most…)