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The St. Louis Blues May Be Playing Not To Lose

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After Saturday’s 4-1 victory in Toronto, the Blues talked about finding their game. Re-discovering the hard-working, strong-checking, focused style of play. Blues hockey, that’s what it was.

But what was found, is now lost. The Blues flew home late Monday only three points the richer from their six-day, three-city tour of Canada. A 5-4 defeat on Jacob Trouba’s goal 2 minutes, 54 seconds into overtime left their record at 2-3-3 with a seven-game homestand awaiting at Enterprise Center in St. Louis....

St. Louis came out strong, led 3-1 after two periods, and then after Winnipeg tied things at 3-3 early in the third, took a 4-3 lead on David Perron’s fifth goal of the season.

But it was not to be. For the fourth time this season, the Blues failed to hold a third period lead, and for the third time this season they lost in OT.

“I think we’re scared to lose games right now,” goalie Jake Allen said. “We’re behind in the standings. We know that. We know that each point’s crucial. We’re playing in the third period like we’re scared to lose the game.

“If you lose you lose, but we gotta go down swinging. I think we’re just giving teams opportunities. Teams as good as Winnipeg, if you give them chances they’re gonna bury them.”

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Videos- Skow Start To The Season For The St. Louis Blues

from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have now lost consecutive games to start a season for the first time since 2006-07. That team missed the postseason. I know, I know. It’s early. This is a postseason team. We think. Right?...

What followed from the post-game podium down the hall from a quiet dressing room was a direct challenge to the players who were trickling out.

The Blues, according to their coach, are not playing “real hockey” so far this season. They are not doing the little things it takes to win. They are too concerned with scoring and not concerned enough about taking care of the puck, playing sound defense and helping embattled goalie Jake Allen. They are surrendering their game plan to their opponents. Their breakdowns have breakdowns. Their minds are not in the right place.

Yeo even tiptoed right up to the edge of calling his own players soft. How else would you describe his scathing description of a lack of interest in blocking shots and corralling loose pucks. Who was he talking about, specifically? It might be a better exercise to eliminate the players he was not talking about.

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Morning Line- Doug Armstrong

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Is This The Year For The St. Louis Blues?

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Assembling viable scoring lines was a challenging task for Blues coach Mike Yeo last season. So was scrounging up a second power-play unit.

Game after game, he had to deploy too many placeholder forwards — guys just filling a spot while waiting for injured players to return or better players to arrive.

Yeo will face no such problem this season. The Blues arrived in training camp with about twice as many potential scoring threats as they employed last season.

At the very least, the new-look Blues will be far more entertaining. And if all goes as planned, this offensive depth should fix the team’s sputtering power play, create more puck control at even strength and vault the franchise into Stanley Cup contention.

Expectations are soaring, and rightfully so.

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Video- Robert Bortuzzo Suspended For One Regular Season Game Plus Remaining Preseason

The explanation.

 

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Video- Robert Bortuzzo Will Have A Hearing With NHL Player Safety

 

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Questions The St. Louis Blues Need To Answer

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

At least temporarily, the sting of a rare Blues playoff miss has been replaced by the rampant optimism of an offseason filled with player acquisitions.

Center was a trouble spot last year. It should be a strength this season. On paper, there’s more depth and more scoring punch. All of that should help the Blues compete with the big boys in the Central Division, Nashville and Winnipeg, plus the rest of the NHL....

So yes, another Blues hockey season is upon us, with camp starting Friday and the first exhibition game on the horizon — Sept. 18 in Dallas. Of course, between now and the regular-season opener, Oct. 4 against Winnipeg, there is work to be done and questions to be addressed: 

1. IS EVERYTHING JAKE (IN GOAL)?

This is a big year for Jake Allen — general manager Doug Armstrong said so way back in April. The team cannot afford another prolonged midseason slump by the 28-year goaltender.

From the start of last season through the end of December, Allen had a 2.57 goals-against average and a save percentage of .913. From early March through the end of the season, Allen posted very similar numbers — a 2.51 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

You can win with those numbers, especially with what figures to be a better offensive cast.

The problem was that stretch in January and February (3.74 goals-against average and a .875 save percentage).

“What we have to do is make those five weeks go away,” Armstrong said in April.

The team also must overcome the loss of backup Carter Hutton, who signed a free-agent deal with Buffalo after a career year. His replacement, Chad Johnson, is coming off a career-worst year in Buffalo.

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The Plan For Ryan O’Reilly In St. Louis

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Yeo said he doesn’t want to name any line combinations just yet. He said there’s a good chance the combos will be different from the first day of camp to the second. The Blues have more depth and more flexibility up front, so there could be more mixing and matching during camp and once the regular season starts.

“We’re going to have a lot more moving parts,” Yeo said.

But if he does put O’Reilly on the same line as Tarasenko, you won’t hear any complaints from O’Reilly.

“Obviously, I hope to get the opportunity,” O’Reilly said. “He’s one of the most elite scorers in the game. Playing against him for years now, seeing what he does, the way he shoots the puck, his sense out there — just a dangerous hockey player. You’ve always got to be aware of what he’s doing on the ice at all times.

“And to be playing with him, on the same team as him ... I hope to be setting him up and working hand in hand with him.”

Beyond that, Yeo said it’s possible you could see O’Reilly and Schenn, who are both centers, on the No. 1 power play unit.

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Martin Brodeur Leaving The Blues Organization

from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

After​ four years in​ St. Louis —​ a stay​ that​ still seems​ unfathomable​ —​ Martin​ Brodeur​ is​ leaving​​ the Blues’ organization, multiple sources confirmed to The Athletic.

Brodeur played seven games with the Blues, capping a 22-year illustrious career that will land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. He’s spent the past three years as an assistant general manager under Doug Armstrong, but Brodeur’s contract expired in June and the 46-year-old decided to move on.

Brodeur’s next stop apparently isn’t finalized yet, but it’s long been believed that, whenever his time in St. Louis ended, he would be interested in returning to the New Jersey Devils, where he won three Stanley Cups and four Vezina trophies.

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Jake Allen In The Spotlight For The St. Louis Blues

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Given the roster the Blues have been able to assemble throughout the summer, too, some projections have St. Louis safely in the post-season, if not as one of the Central Division and Western Conference’s top contenders. That isn’t without reason, either.

On paper, the Blues have the out-and-out scoring talent to be a threat on a nightly basis. In Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, not to mention O’Reilly and Perron, there should be more than enough pure offense to run with the best and brightest in the league. And defensively, the Blues have assembled a solid group. Captain Alex Pietrangelo and young stalwart Colton Parayko give St. Louis one heck of a one-two punch on its top two pairings, and there’s enough depth — be it Joel Edmundson, Vince Dunn or veteran Jay Bouwmeester — that the Blues need not worry about defensive deficiencies.

But as St. Louis aims for a return to post-season play, it’s not Tarasenko or O’Reilly or Pietrangelo or Parayko who stand to make or break the coming campaign. We know what to expect from all four, and chances are each will either meet or exceed expectations. It’s not even Schwartz or Schenn or Bozak or Maroon who hold the key to St. Louis’ playoff return. Rather, that responsibility falls on the shoulders of No. 1 netminder Jake Allen, who enters the 2018-19 season with considerable pressure to ensure the Blues make good on a truly successful summer.

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