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Goaltending Is Not The Only Problem For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Fixing the Blues’ goalie situation is priority No. 1, but here’s the thing — remember when the Blues were still considered good? They still had some major issues, which persist today.

And these issues are quandaries.

Consider that the Blues have been shaky on defense. Struggling to get the puck out of their zone, to get bodies on opponents, or even, as we saw with Carl Gunnarsson against Washington, to stay upright (to be fair, it is slippery out there). Coach Ken Hitchcock continually mixes up his pairings. St. Louis must improve at defense … yet a smart move is to, effectively, make the defense worse by trading Kevin Shattenkirk, a free-agent-to-be.

Also, the Blues could use a sturdy centerman. But to get one who could truly make a difference, such as the desirable Matt Duchene from Colorado, the Blues might have to trade one of their young pieces, a piece they hoped to build around (and part of the reason they didn’t feel the need to sign David Backes long term).

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Video- Jake Allen’s Night

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“There’s a lot going on right now,” Hitchcock said. “There’s a lot in his head, he’s kind of locked up mentally and he’s going to have to fight through this. So beating it up any more isn’t going to do us any good. We’ve got to get him unlocked, he’s just locked right up.

“If we can help him get unlocked, then that’s what you do, that’s part of coaching. Nobody anticipated this, nobody on our team, nobody in this city anticipated this, but we got it and we’re going to have to figure it out because there’s no help wagon coming.”

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Video- Highlights Of The Winter Classic Game In St. Louis

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...

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Video- You Can’t Have A Ceremonial Puck Drop Without A Puck

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Weather Conditions May Come Into Play For Today’s Winter Classic Game

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®:

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Video- Goal Of The Night Goes To Viktor Arvidsson

Viktor Arvidssson beats Jay Bouwmeester then Jake Allen.  The Predators defeated the Blues 4-0.

 

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Coming Up On NBC, Two Outdoor NHL Classic Games

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.

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Blackhawks, Blues Set To Square Off In NHL Winter Classic, Tickets Are Soaring

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.

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The St. Louis Blues Still Believe In Nail Yakupov

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.”

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Ken Hitchcock’s Job

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.

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