On this edition of Lets Go Blues Radio, we tell you about the Blues signing a goaltending prospect and discuss the remaining teams in the NHL playoffs. We also tell you about a Hall of Famer who will be coaching the Colorado Avalanche next season. All this and more on this episode of Lets Go Blues Radio.
On the first off-season edition of Lets Go Blues Radio, hosts Jeff Ponder and Justin Wilson break down the second round of the NHL playoffs as well as tell you about the firing of an NHL head coach. All this and more on this edition of Lets Go Blues Radio.
On our season recap show, Jeff, Curt & Bill breakdown game #6 and the series as a whole vs. the Kings, discuss highlights of the season, hand out season awards, discuss/debate the offseason possibilities, radio rants, the Pablo St. Clair Tweet of the Week, & more!
NOTE: Lets Go Blues Radio will continue to do shows in the offseason...so keep listening!! Hockey talk lives on in the offseason! Jeff Ponder will continue to host the show, along with his co-host from his Storm the Crease Podcast. Any Blues news will be discussed, along with other news from around the NHL. Bill will periodically join the show during the offseason. Curt is taking the summer off...but shoud be available for the NHL Draft Special Show in June. Jeff, Curt & Bill will be back full time during training camp next season.
On this special edition of Lets Go Blues Radio, Curt, Jeff and Bill discuss the past two games of the Blues' series with the LA Kings and preview Game 6, set to take place Friday night in LA. We also have a Pablo St. Clair tweet of the week.
The Blues and Kings are now deadlocked at 2 in their opening round Stanley Cup Playoff matchup. Most Blues fans would agree that the team should be leading 3-1 if not for unfortunate bounces and lack of execution during game 3. After weathering the storm in the first period, the Blues outplayed the Kings and Jonathan Quick, but missed too many open nets. In game 4 as with the series, the Blues had a 2-0 lead and blew it; leading Blues fans to lament and argue over how the team could play itself into this position.
As both of my Twitter followers probably could tell, I have not been happy with the play of two Blues in particular in this series: to say the least the play of Andy McDonald and Chris Stewart has been subpar. McDonald had two glorious opportunities in game 3, whiffing on a wide open net on a rebound and then moving out of position to below the goal line while the Blues were positioning for a shot late in the third. McDonald was two strides too deep and missed a chip pass through the crease for what would have been a tap in.
But his missed offensive woes aren’t the entire story. His play on the breakouts has been awful. He doesn’t handle pucks near the top of the zone and bails too easily when pressured. His backchecking has been solid, but he appears to start the backcheck early and has diffused a couple of rushes by moving against the flow. He has the hallmarks of a guy trying to too much.