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The St, Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in front of 46,556 fans today.
Game notes supplied by the NHL are below...
ST. LOUIS, MO. (January 2, 2017) – The National Hockey League announced today that the start time of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Busch Stadium between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will remain at Noon CT. The decision was made after consulting with meteorologists regarding the latest weather reports, which while the weather forecast is unpredictable, the original start time should provide the best opportunity to play the game.
The following are the weather-related GAME procedure contingencies for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®:
Viktor Arvidssson beats Jay Bouwmeester then Jake Allen. The Predators defeated the Blues 4-0.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 21, 2016 – NBC Sports rings in the new year with a pair of outdoor NHL Classics, highlighted by NBC’s annual presentation of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, when Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues host Patrick Kane and the rival Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday, January 2, at 3 p.m. ET.
In addition to the NHL Winter Classic, NBC presents a clash of young American NHL stars on New Year’s Day at 3 p.m. ET in the NHL Centennial Classic, when rookie sensation Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings at BMO Field in Toronto. The NHL Centennial Classic represents the start of the league’s year-long Centennial celebration.
By Tim Dolan,
The 2017 NHL Winter Classic is rapidly approaching, set to be played on Monday, January 2, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. This year, the game will feature two Western Conference rivals, with the St. Louis Blues taking on the Chicago Blackhawks at the home of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In October, the Blues acquired Yakupov for forward prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third-round pick, hoping that a change of scenery would help the 23-year-old, who floundered during four seasons in Edmonton.
Yakupov had a decent start with the Blues, with four points in his first six games, but soon his ice time diminished and he was dropped to the fourth line before becoming a healthy scratch for the first time Nov. 5. He’s sat out seven of the Blues’ past 12 games and isn’t expected to be in the lineup when they host Tampa Bay on Thursday at Scottrade Center. But apparently that doesn’t have the club second-guessing the deal.
“We felt it was a worthwhile gamble,” Armstrong said. “We gave up a third-round draft pick and he’s come in, and quite honestly, someone like Dmitrij Jaskin is really playing great hockey right now and he’s taken away his ice time. That’s just the nature of competition. You’ve got to push and prod and find your way in, and other guys are trying to do it.
“I have a lot of confidence in Yak that he’s going to keep his nose to the grindstone and when he gets his opportunity, he’s just got to make the most of it. We look at it from how our team is doing, not how each individual player is doing, and our team is doing well. He’s part of our team.”
from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
I think it’s fair to have an honest discussion about this now.
Should the Blues remove Ken Hitchcock and promote Mike Yeo to head coach?
If this weekend goes as bad as the past couple weeks have, man, the Blues brass should consider it.
Hitchcock is a delightful fellow and a smart hockey mind, sure to be enshrined. But because of the current circumstances, the team isn’t disciplined, the team isn’t scoring, the team isn’t meshing and the team isn’t inspiring. The Blues are still clinging to a playoff berth, but a fear is if something doesn’t change, the season could become a lost one.
from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
There are only so many points you can expect to get when you score as little as the Blues are right now. They snuck out one point on Wednesday against Chicago when they scored just one goal but on Thursday, one goal was not enough to get anything.
Even though the Blues took a rare early lead, scoring less than four minutes into the game, they never scored again and gave up three goals in about 6 ½ minutes spanning the second and third periods and fell 3-1 at Bridgestone Arena.
“I think after a while you start living on one goal, you’re not going to win many games,” coach Ken Hitchcock said.
“We had chances to score more than one goal,” said left winger Jaden Schwartz. “We couldn’t find a way and only end up scoring one. It’s tough to keep winning when you only score one or two goals.”
It has become the theme of this season for the Blues, and considering the struggles have spanned pretty much the whole season, this may soon no longer be a slump and start being the team’s identity.
Watch highlights from the 3-1 loss by the Blues to the Predators.
“It’s not my decision I’m not playing, obviously I couldn’t be happy about it. So, it’s a coach’s decision and nothing I can do about it.”
“I’m not shocked, I just want to play. The four lines are playing good, winning the games and it’s coach’s decision to not put me in the lineup. So I can’t say anything. But the team played good, guys are working hard ... but I couldn’t be comfortable with that.”
-Nail Yakupov after being scratched by the St. Louis Blues for three straight games. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has more.
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