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Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
Blues’ defenseman Ian Cole faces a disciplinary hearing Sunday for his illegal check to the head penalty on Red Wings’ forward Justin Abdelkader in the first period of Saturday’s game.
If you missed the hit, The Malik Report has all the videos…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch,
The NHL-imposed deadline for the sale of the Blues to Matthew Hulsizer is less than 48 hours away and it’s unlikely, but still possible, that a deal will be completed in time according to multiple sources with knowledge of the process.
“It could go either way,” one source said.
Almost two months ago, the league gave Hulsizer until Dec. 31 to finalize the purchase. And despite sources’ claims that a closing had been imminent in recent weeks, nothing has materialized. The hang-up appears to be the ability of Hulsizer and Dave Checketts to provide sufficient equity and perhaps secure the necessary bank financing to guarantee the viability of the ownership group.
Make sure to catch the stick swing by Hartnell at the very end of the video.
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
As a veteran NHL coach, there aren’t too many things that surprise Ken Hitchcock any more when it comes to hockey.
After taking over the Blues last month, one of those rare surprises presented itself in the form of 6-foot, 225-pound defenseman Roman Polak.
“Polak for me is the biggest surprise,” said Hitchcock, who has marveled at Polak’s strength, superior skating and shut-down defender ability that eliminates scoring chances at a rapid rate. “I didn’t know much about him, but he’s a very, very strong player. He plays a very physical game than can really wear people out.”
Polak and the Blues begin a two-game road trip at 8:30 p.m. today in Colorado, then travel to Phoenix for a Friday game.
While the Blues are blessed with some top-flight young puck movers on defense in players like Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ian Cole, there is plenty of room for gritty veterans like Polak and Barret Jackman.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have defeated the Red Wings twice on coach Ken Hitchcock’s watch. These high-level victories validate this Note as an emerging power.
Believe it, people: The Blues have arrived.
“When you play Detroit, you decide you’re either all-in, because if you’re just a little bit in, they push you right out,” Hitchcock told reporters after the game. “The thing that has impressed me is that for two games now, we’ve had an all-in mentality and we’ve been competitive against them and that’s a really good sign.”
Indeed it is. The Blues are using their impressive blend of size and skill to dictate play. As they get healthier, they should only get better.
First game back, David Perron adds a goal to the delight of his teammates and fans.
“I think over the last 13 months I went through all kinds of emotions. It was really fun to get the green light to be back in the game. Just the fact that so many people have helped me throughout the whole time is going to make it that much nicer.
“My parents are coming in for the game, so that will be fun. I’m really excited.”
-David Perron of the St. Louis Blues on his return to the lineup tonight. More from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today Blues forward David Perron will return to the lineup when the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. CT at Scottrade Center. Including tonight’s game in Colorado, Perron will have missed the last 97 games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4, 2010 against San Jose.
Prior to his injury, Perron had recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in 10 games in 2010-11. Overall, he has accumulated 131 points (53 goals, 78 assists) in 235 games with the Blues since being drafted by St. Louis in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Currently, the Blues are 14-8-2 and sit fifth in the Western Conference.
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
“We’ve got to continue to have our players enjoy the ride, but don’t get up off the ride,” Blues President John Davidson said. “We’ve found a formula here. Now we need to stay with it.”
The Blues are learning to win the close ones. Airtight goaltending and improved defense have allowed only 13 goals in 11 games under Hitchcock.
“Most games in this league are one-goal games, maybe an empty-netter on top of it,” Davidson said. “I know we’d like to score more, and we might when the power play kicks in. But we also have to understand that this is how you’re going to win games when you’re tired, when the schedule catches up to you, when you play in the playoffs.
“This is what it’s about.”
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