February 28 2012 09:41AM
We all sat and watched as Jay Feaster made what we thought was a shot across the bow of this team, and specifically the vets that lead it. It was somewhat cathartic to hear him be so indicative and precise that many of us don't even recall what happened in the third period of that game against Phoenix. It didn't matter anymore because according to Jay and all his intellectual honesty, it was apparent that finally change was coming as the players looked to be forcing Feaster's hand and he was going to be active on Deadline Day.
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February 27 2012 10:35PM
That's how the St. Louis Blues win hockey games. They take a lead and choke things off, which is exactly what you saw on Monday night in their final meeting this season with the Calgary Flames. After Calgary opened the scoring for the fifth consecutive game, they allowed three straight and mustered next to nothing the rest of the way. The alarming thing is, the Flames have lost four of their last five games even when taking the first lead of the game.
February 27 2012 10:04PM
Final Score: 3-1 L
February 27 2012 06:05PM
After the non-event of the trade deadline for the Flames, there isn't any sort of disruption to worry about for the game versus the Blues tonight.
St. Louis has finally taken the next step this year and spending years and years in the weeds. A lot of this will be attributed to Ken Hitchcock because the team took off after Davis Payne was fired, but the truth is the Blues had solid underlying numbers last year and similarly better than average possession rates this year before Hitchcock was hired.
The Blues are good because they have several lines of quality ES players. McDonald, Steen, Berglund, Oshie, Backes, Perron and Sobotka make a up a nucleus supported by Arnott, Stewart, D'Agostini and Langenbrunner. There's no superstars there, but that's at least three lines of forwards with no real weak spot. Particularly because Backes has moved from a middle tier power forward to one of the premier two-way skaters in the league.
Having a Selke quality guy makes everyone elses life easier and that's what's happening in St. Louis this season. That and Brian Elliot has gone from a replacement level 'tender to amazing without cause or warning. That's the part of this meteoric rise that probably won't last long term. Still...the Blues are really good and the Flames have a huge challenge on their hands this evening.
February 27 2012 01:17PM
The Calgary Flames executed zero trades today, which isn't too surprising given their lack of assets and tough position in the standings. Although Jay Feaster made some suggestions the other night during a intermission interview that he'd be interested in making some real changes, the fact is he was most likely just trying to put a scare into the dressing room.