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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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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Blues Lose Jay Bouwmeester For The Season With A Hip Injury, Scottie Upshall Out Too

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the remainder of the season with a left-hip injury.

Bouwmeester will be sidelined for four to six months.

In addition, Armstrong announced that forward Scottie Upshall will be re-evaluated in four weeks after suffering a left MCL sprain during the game against the Dallas Stars last Saturday.

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Losing Streak Hits Seven For The St. Louis Blues

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

Their longest losing streak in eight years now stands at seven games (0-6-1) after a defensive meltdown of near-epic proportion against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena.

"You know what? It's a matter of pride as far as I'm concerned," Yeo said. "You give up eight goals, c'mon. We've given up 16 in the last three games. We've always been one of the top defensive teams. The turnovers that we have and the lack of respect that we have for our goaltenders and for the game of hockey _ that's ridiculous."

A fuming Yeo mentioned Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Brodziak, Scottie Upshall and Dmitrij Jaskin as players who he had no problem with on Tuesday.

Everybody else, he said he was not happy with.

"I like what those guys brought," he said, referring to the names he mentioned. "But we have too many guys that didn't match that. . . .The level of play of some players needs to come up, it's that's simple. Too many guys right now that aren't giving us a chance to win hockey games."

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Paul Stastny Traded To Winnipeg

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a conditional first round pick in 2018, a conditional fourth round pick in 2020 and forward Erik Foley from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Paul Stastny.

Foley, 20, was drafted 78th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 2015. The 6-foot, 185-pound forward has dressed in 32 games for Providence College this season, posting 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) and 14 penalty minutes. Overall, the Mansfield, Massachusetts native has collected 87 points (37 goals, 50 assists) in 104 career games for Providence.

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