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Poor Goaltending A Big Issue For The St. Louis Blues

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

To be fair, it seemed like a decent gamble to trade away veteran goaltender Brian Elliott so that Allen could become the undisputed starting goaltender.

Nonetheless, there’s no denying that there’s a big difference between sharing the load and being asked to carry most of it. On the ice, the young Blues have shown some great signs at times. There’s no doubt that Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo, Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko and Jaden Schwartz give the Blues a good, young core to build on.

Unfortunately for the Blues, they are paying dearly for what is clearly a lack of confidence in the crucial goaltending position. You cannot underestimate the pressure that falls on the entire team when they know the final line of defense is struggling badly.

“I think it’s only natural to have that in your head that you don’t want to let up one shot in the whole game,” Kevin Shattenkirk said. “That’s the easiest way to keep goals out of your net. I think that becomes a dangerous game when we try to be perfect, when we’re trying to make sure that every pass is made the right way out of our zone, every shot is blocked.”

Hitchcock notes that the Blues don’t have the needed balance because too many players are overworking from the red line in and not working enough from the red line back.


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Video- Mike Condon With The Bad Goal Of The Night On Sunday

The Blue Jackets went on to win 7-6 in OT.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 1, DETROIT 0 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 5, Boston 1
Columbus 7, OTTAWA 6 (OT)
Philadelphia 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)
CHICAGO 4, Vancouver 2
Nashville 4, MINNESOTA 2

The line of Sidney Crosby (1-2—3), Bryan Rust (1-2—3) and Conor Sheary (2-1—3) combined for 4-5—9 as the Penguins extended their home winning streak to a season-high seven games, improving to 13-0-1 in their last 14 home contests and 20-2-2 overall at PPG Paints Arena.

Evgeni Malkin (0-2—2) posted his 16th multi-point game of the season to extend his point streak to a season-high seven games (6-5—11). With 22-32—54 this season, Malkin sits tied with Crosby (28-26—54) for second place in NHL scoring behind only Connor McDavid (16-40—56).

Matt Murray made a career-high 44 saves, surpassing his previous mark of 41 set earlier this season (Dec. 14, 2016 vs. BOS). Murray has won four straight games and improved to 17-4-1 overall this season.

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The Avs At The Trade Deadline

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Here’s what I think is going to happen: As the March 1 trading deadline approaches, whether that means in the final weeks or the final minutes, the Avalanche will have decent — not great — offers on the table for Duchene and Landeskog.

By “not great,” I mean a package that doesn’t qualify as a mouth-dropping difference maker. A great “offer” is: Did they really offer that? To qualify as great, it would have include an eventual long-term, standout defenseman for the franchise. And more.

I’ve brought this up before, but I feel stronger about it than ever.

Then will come the acid test for Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic.

Does he make an inadequate deal for the sake of making a deal, for the appearance of doing something major to avoid leaving the impression he is fiddling while Rome burns … to the ground?


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Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Topics of discussion on Saturday Headlines include the future of Sam Bennett in Calgary, Brad Treliving on the last year of his contract, Patrick Laine is now cleared for practice and the decision to shut down Clarke MacArthur for the season.

Also discussed were the St.Louis Blues including Kevin Shattenkirk and their goaltending issues and other topics including the size of goalies.

Watch at Sportsnet.

On Coach's Corner, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry talked about "The Russian" on the Leafs, Jeff Carter, don't shoot the puck too hard on a dump in along the boards, and small pucks for youth hockey.

Cherry then pointed out the play of a few players and talked about Henrik Sedin.

The segment can be watched here.

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 5, St. Louis 3
COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2
Ottawa 3, TORONTO 2 (SO)
Buffalo 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
ARIZONA 5, Tampa Bay 3
Washington 4, DALLAS 3 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Anaheim 3
Edmonton 7, CALGARY 3
SAN JOSE 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
Washington overcame a 3-1 deficit and Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime as the League-leading Capitals (31-9-6, 68 points) extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2).


Philipp Grubauer turned aside 32 shots – including an incredible blocker save on Stars forward Tyler Seguin in the third period – to extend his personal point streak to nine games (7-0-2). Grubauer improved to 9-1-2 overall (2.05 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO).
Nicklas Backstrom (4-12—16 in 9 GP), Alex Ovechkin (4-8—12 in 7 GP) and Andre Burakovsky (4-3—7 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks.
* Washington earned their first win vs. DAL since Oct. 25, 2008 (6-5 OT W), snapping a nine-game slide (0-8-1).

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Video- Robin Lehner With The Save Of The Night

Possibly the save of the year too.  The save was in OT and the video also contains the game winning OT goal by Buffalo.



Below, Carey Price made two key saves near the end of regulation to force OT.

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Video- Two Minutes For Clipping On Radko Gudas

Eadko Gudas gets 2 for clipping

Wayne Simmonds 2 for unsportsmanlike

The Devils scored 16 seconds into the 5 on 3.

Gudas may be a marked man by the refs.  He has not been the same player since his return from suspension, although he said he would not change his game.


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Questioning The Top 100 NHL Players Of All Time

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend.

And as such, I would expect current toss-ups — including Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, Carey Price and maybe John Tavares or Steven Stamkos — to be named at the expense of others long retired and out of the public eye.

That’s OK, it is about promoting the league. But by the way, if Price is named, then Henrik Lundqvist most certainly should be on the list of honorees as well. Current bias is one thing, Canadian bias would be another.

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No Quit In Claude Julien

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The losses pile higher, the hope of a playoff berth grows slimmer, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said Saturday that he is fully aware of the ongoing rumors that have him on the verge of being cashiered from Causeway Street.

Sounding somewhat philosophical about his future, and resolute about his commitment to improve his club’s faltering record, the 56-year-old Julien made clear that he’s committed to the job and intends to remain here until or unless told otherwise.

“My job is to coach this team and do everything I can,” said Julien, less than 24 hours after his club fell again at home, 1-0, to the Blackhawks. “And if I become one of the reasons that we are not doing well, then I think management has to make that decision — it’s not my decision to make.

“So I am not quitting on this team. I am not quitting on anybody, I am not quitting on management.


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