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via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,
I don't ever remember walking around a locker room and seeing so many walking boots, casts, ice bags and ace bandages in my career
It's sounding as if Berglund's injury is serious, and the #stlblues will be without seven of their top 12 forwards Sunday.
Here's the Patrik Beglund injury...
Katie Strang just completed an online chat at ESPN...
What player has the most pressure on him entering this years playoffs?
Katie Strang I think St. Louis' Ryan Miller will be one player shouldering very lofty expectations. The Blues went all in to acquire their No. 1 netminder in Miller and the long-time Sabre has been struggling between the pipes as of late. He was yanked in last night's loss but will get another chance to get his confidence up against the Dallas Stars tonight. Lot of pressure on him and the Blues to get it together
How worried should bruins fans be about their inability to close out games recently? I know players are getting rested, but conceding tying goals with under 2 minutes left in the 3rd in back to back games isn't a good omen for the playoffs
Katie Strang I actually think resting some of those guys is a good idea. Remember how gassed Zdeno Chara looked at points last spring? Listen, the Bruins have the deepest team in the East and it's not even close. If I'm a B's fan, I'm worried about very little right now. In fact, I think they'll be the ones hoisting the Cup come June.
via Wes Walz tweets,
listening to self proclaimed "hockey experts" call MIke Rupp a goon is wrong! MR never susp EVER and has been honest player his whole career
Tough play with Osh last night,love him as a player BUT don't forget 2 weeks ago when Blues wanted to "send a message" to Wild #livebysword
Moral of the story....play hard ALWAYS and be a TOUGH team to play against but do so....quietly. #headsupwhenheadingintoforest
via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,
Hitch: “The comments by Wes Walz, knowing the (Wild) coaching staff the way I do, I don’t believe they would condone those comments.
Hitch cont'd: "... and quite frankly with a player getting hurt like that, they’re just disgusting."
If you missed the hit from Rupp on Oshie, watch it here...
Mike Rupp will have a phone hearing today with the NHL for this hit on T.J. Oshie.
Oshie is listed as day-to-day byt the Blues.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So maybe we've been just a bit hasty in ceding first place in the Central Division to the St. Louis Blues.
The Colorado Avalanche continue to exceed even the wildest preseason expectations, moving to within two points of the division-leading Blues with a 4-1 win over the sad-sack Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Both Colorado and St. Louis have three games remaining, and the Avs have three more regulation/overtime victories, giving them the advantage in a tiebreaker.
What does this mean? Well, for weeks we've been talking about an assumed first-round matchup between Chicago and Colorado. But with the Blues slumping badly -- three straight losses, including a disappointing 4-1 loss to Washington at home on Tuesday -- we could be seeing a Blues/Blackhawks matchup earlier than anticipated, with the Avs looking to secure home ice through at least the first two rounds.
What's more impressive is that the Avs continue to pile up wins without top center Matt Duchene. Tuesday's win also came with rarely called upon backup J.S. Giguere in goal. Oh yeah, the Avs are also just a point behind Anaheim in case you're thinking about the top seed in the conference.
read on for Custance on the Blue Jackets and LeBrun on the Leafs....
Listen, do me a favor, tell Patrick (Roy) he can talk to you Adrian (Dater). Don't come in here and comment on him. So I've done my commenting on him. He can say whatever he wants. He always has something to say after every game, so...
-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues during his post-game conference which I watched.
Patrick Roy made a few post-game comments, here is one...
added 8:26pm, Watch the Hitchock conference below...
The Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 today.
This hit started some of the action in the 3rd period.
Bordeleau and Jackman both received unsportsmanlike penalties on the play, then the rest of the 3rd period went like this...
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres played most of the game a man short after Marcus Foligno left just 1:58 into the contest with what looked like a severe right knee injury following a collision in front of the Blues’ net. Nolan said the injury is “not as ‘bad bad’ as we think” but that Foligno would miss the final six games.
more on Buffalo's 2-1 loss to St. Louis...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There are some who felt the Blues would wait to see how Miller performed in the playoffs before making that decision, but not so. They’ve already decided they want to keep him but won’t begin contract talks until after the year is over.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Miller gives it some serious thought. St. Louis is an awfully popular city with players, and the Blues will be a contender for a few more years to come.
On the flip side, July 1 isn’t that far away and he’s never been on the open market.
He’s been linked rumor-wise in the past to Anaheim in part because Miller’s wife is an actress in Los Angeles and the netminder works out in Southern California every summer.
But the Ducks have Frederik Andersen and John Gibson -- two young netminders they’re very high on -- plus, who knows what happens with Jonas Hiller (UFA on July 1).
read on for more hockey topics including Hemskey and Vanek talk...
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