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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...
Watch the play below...
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The final horn hadn’t yet sounded Wednesday on the Blues’ 4-0 loss to Chicago, and many panicking fans were sounding off with predictions about what will prevent the club from winning its first Stanley Cup this season.
The defeat was the Blues’ first in regulation in their last 10 games, but after legitimate fretting this season over the inability to beat the three California teams, an outcry that they can’t beat the NHL’s top squads continued after a loss to the defending champions.
“Well, we’re 3-1 against Chicago this year,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo countered. “People can say what they want but we’ve outplayed them when we’ve played them. They outplayed us last game. It’s going to happen. We believe in what we have in this room. We’ve been playing some really good hockey all year. A loss is a loss. Unfortunately it came against them and the way it happened. We’re moving on.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
With a chance to be the first NHL team to punch their playoff ticket in 2013-14, the Blues proved that they’re not quite ready.
Chicago, which improved to 11-1-3 on the second night of back-to-back games, recovered from an overtime loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday and polished off the Blues 4-0 in front of a crowd of 21,640 at United Center.
“Good wake-up call,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re the Stanley Cup champions for a reason. They know when to turn the temperature up. No matter what happens in the regular season, everybody in the West, to even give (Chicago) a go, you’re going to have to dial it up. They’re getting ready and it’s up to us to get ready. That’s the task. They dialed it up and we didn’t play well.”...
The loss to the ’Hawks was the Blues’ first in regulation this season to a division opponent (20-1-2), and it marked the club’s first regulation loss with goaltender Ryan Miller in net (7-1-1).
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