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.
It has been 10 games since Ken Hitchcock has taken over the St. Louis Blues’ on-ice product. He has gone an impressive 7-1-2 and is making Blues GM Doug Armstrong look like a genius for the change behind the bench.
But how much can 10 games really tell us? It is not even 1/8 of a full NHL season.
This is not the first time that a coaching change has happened mid-season. Far from it. So how have the last five coaches that took over mid-season faired the rest of the way?
Here are the last 5 changes that have occurred behind the bench in the middle of the season:
1. New York Rangers – John Tortorella replaced Tom Renney on February 23, 2009.
2. Philadelphia Flyers – Peter Laviolette replaced John Stevens on December 4, 2009.
3. St. Louis Blues – Davis Payne replaced Andy Murray on January 2, 2010.
4. New York Islanders – Jack Capuano replaced Scott Gordon on November 15, 2010.
5. New Jersey Devils – Jacques Lemaire replaced John MacLean on December 23, 2010.
Much to the dismay of Blues fans, Drew Doughty was not given a suspension for his illegal hit on Blues forward T.J. Oshie.
I am not implying anything by using the term “illegal.” While Doughty was not suspended for his actions, he did receive a small $2,500 fine from the NHL.
Don’t know about the hit or the punishment? Here is all that you need to know.
The Los Angeles Kings had a 3-2 lead on the St. Louis Blues late in the 3rd period of their game Tuesday, November 22 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. With just under two seconds remaining in the game, the Blues defense fired the puck toward a swarm of Blues forwards. T.J. Oshie received the puck and carried the puck into the zone. He skated along the boards and was watched closely by Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. The young King skated with Oshie along the boards until Oshie turned his back to Doughty and faced the boards, still skating with a head of steam. As Oshie turned his body, Doughty met him with a shove to the small of his back that sent Oshie into the boards head/shoulder first. Oshie was estimated to be about 2 ½ to 4 feet away from the boards at the time of the hit. Doughty was given a two-minute minor penalty for cross-checking on the play.
When asked about Oshie’s status after the game, Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said, “He’s good.”