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The Blame Game In St. Louis

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Although it may be unfair to place all the blame or credit on one player, Allen could and should have made life much easier for his teammates. He must accept responsibility for the Blues’ failure to reach the playoffs this year.

Allen had a decent performance in the season finale. Fittingly, though, it wasn’t enough to beat the Avs, who beat the Blues to earn the Western Conference’s second wild card.

When you lose more than 30 games in a season, there are many instances to regret in a season. That must be stated. How about if general manager Doug Armstrong had hung on to center Paul Stastny at the trade deadline?

What if defenseman Jay Bouwmeester hadn’t missed half of the season or been hampered when he was deemed “healthy” enough to play? There’s no denying that the Blues were hurt all season by a roster that was missing at least one but most likely two legitimate Top 6 forwards.

How many points did the Blues’ miserable power play cost them?

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Below, highlights of the Blues' 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

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Clinching Scenarios Today

via the NHL PR department,

The Flyers (41-26-14, 96 points) and Panthers (42-30-8, 92 points) remain in contention for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

* The Flyers can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and reach the postseason for the second time in three campaigns if they earn a single point in their matinee game (3:00pm ET, NBC) with the Rangers. Philadelphia would also clinch if the Panthers lose to the Sabres. 

Meanwhile, the Panthers – who have already reeled off wins against the Hurricanes, Predators and Bruinsthis week – aim to push their winning streak to four games as they continue their pursuit of the Flyers and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) hold a one-point lead over the Avalanche (42-30-9, 93 points) as the teams face off at Pepsi Center in Colorado with the final playoff berth in the Western Conference on the line.

* The Blues will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they earn at least one point against the Avalanche.

* The Avalanche will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Blues in regulation.

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Four Teams Still In A Battle For Two Playoff Spots

 

Below, the Western Conference playoff picture.

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The St. Louis Blues Dropped An Important Game To The Chicago Blackhawks

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

In a game the Blues absolutely had to have Wednesday, they squandered a 3-1 lead and then squandered the game and perhaps a playoff berth with a 4-3 loss before 18,935 at Scottrade Center.

Duncan Keith's power play goal with just 8.5 seconds remaining in the third period did in the Blues, who stayed at 92 points _ one point behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Both Colorado and St. Louis have just two games to play, with the Avalanche playing at San Jose on Thursday and the Blues traveling to Chicago on Friday.

The Avalanche and Blues then close out their regular seasons on Saturday in Denver.

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Big Game Tonight - St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you have nothing to lose or everything to lose, you’re better off fully committing to the fight and using that fear to your benefit.

Coach Mike Yeo noted last week that the Blues played with a sense of fear during their recent six-game winning streak. That sense of uncertainty helped propel them back into playoff contention.

While the Blackhawks eagerly attempt to sink their season, the Blues must find that balance between playing with fear and under control once again to end their three-game winless streak.

Some teams can be frozen by fear. Others can be motivated by it. The Blues must strike a healthy balance and push themselves out of a funk that threatens to derail their playoff hopes.

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The Blues host the Blackhawks at 8:00pm ET on NBCSN.

Below, a snapshot of the playoff race in the West...

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Head Hits Continue

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Goaltender interference controversies will not diminish by substituting one subjective opinion from an officiating supervisor based in Toronto for another subjective opinion from a referee on the ice, but the peril of incurring brain trauma will persist as long as both the NHL and NHLPA mutually tolerate blows to the head — such as the one St. Louis’ Brayden Schenn laid on Boston’s unaware David Krejci on Wednesday.

You can argue Krejci, who looked down momentarily to move a puck out of the corner on his backhand, should have been aware he was in imminent danger. Clearly, he had placed himself in a vulnerable position. You can also believe, as did the Department of Player Safety in declining to prosecute Schenn, that the hit was unavoidable because of the Bruin’s body position.

Upon review, however, it certainly seems as if Schenn could have avoided a direct hit to Krejci’s head. But then, according to the rules adopted by the league and codified by the union, that wasn’t Schenn’s obligation. There is no rule in the book that turns primary contact with the head into an automatic penalty, let alone a suspendable offense.

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Gary Bettman believes the coaches’ challenge for goaltender interference should be used only “when it’s a completely blown call.”

Apparently because in the commissioner’s world, there is such a thing as partially blown call.

If you missed or want to review the Schenn hit, watch below.

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Carl Gunnarsson Out For The Season With ACL Tear

(Mar. 23, 2018) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced tonight that defenseman Carl Gunnarsson will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear in his left knee during the first period of the Blues’ 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.  After leaving the ice, Gunnarsson was evaluated by Dr. Matt Matava and Dr. Matt Smith before being taken to Barnes West County Hospital where an MRI revealed the tear.  He will undergo surgery once the swelling in his knee subsides and will be re-evaluated in six months.

Gunnarsson, 31, has dressed in 63 games for the Blues this season, posting nine points (five goals, four assists) and 22 penalty minutes.  The 6’2, 198-pound defenseman is currently in his fourth season with the Blues after the club acquired him via trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 28, 2014.  Overall, the Orebro, Sweden, native has appeared in 556 career NHL regular season games, amassing 122 points (25 goals, 97 assists) and 151 penalty minutes.


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GIF- Brayden Schenn 2 Minutes For Charging

 

added 10:07am 3/22/18, Video is below...

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The Frustrating St. Louis Blues

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Just when their fans start believing in them again, the Blues find a way to let the boulder roll back down the hill against them.

Desperately in need of momentum, the Blues continue to sputter along on the road to an early vacation. They’re just good enough to frustrate you because there’s no doubt they can and should play better.

Playing the closest thing to a must-win at this time of the year, the Blues had more than enough chances to beat the Avalanche on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. They couldn’t capitalize, though.

And when you don’t capitalize you usually lose. The Avs beat the Blues 4-1 before a disappointed sellout crowd that saw the home team miss the net 22 times while outshooting Colorado 82-42.

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The St. Louis Blues Are In A Race For The Playoffs

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

With just a baker’s dozen of games remaining in the regular season, the Blues can see the finish line.

Heck, they can see the standings, posted every day in the hallway at the IceZone in Hazelwood.

And what a mad scramble it is. Assume, for now, that Nashville, Winnipeg, Vegas and Minnesota are secure, playoff-wise.

That leaves seven teams in the Western Conference jostling for four playoff spots. Three of those seven reside in the Central Division: Dallas, Colorado and St. Louis. Four of those seven call the Pacific Division home: San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Calgary.

A measly four points separated all seven of those teams entering Wednesday’s play in the NHL. It’s chaos. It’s madness. It’s cats living with dogs.

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Below, a snapshot of the Western Conference race...

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