Hi, my name is Christian Koebel and I'm the newest blogger brough on by The Checking Line. It seems that, like NHL.com, The Checkling Line had to scramble when they realized the Blues might be a real time. Unlike NHL.com, they've decided to bring people on to cover them, instead of totally ignoring they exist. I'm one of those people.
I've been a Blues fan all my life, ever since my father would watch games on KPLR. The first names I remember hearing are Oates, Janney, Hull, and Riendeau, which puts me at about 1991ish, or when I was seven years old. I've been "bleeding blue" ever since (though I really don't like that phrase...
Well it has been that kind of fairy tale year for the St. Louis Blues and their faithful fans, something we have all been waiting for, as the Blues ride right back to the top of the NHL standings (don't want to jinx it, but this fan thinks they will comfortably stay there). After last nights win against central division foes, the Nashville Predators, the Blues climbed to the top of the league, two points ahead of the East leading New York Rangers, who still sit with a game in hand however.
That was not all the Blues had to celebrate about last night, as the team also set some very impre...
The St. Louis Blues have announced that they have signed 2010 first overall pick (14th overall), Jaden Schwartz, to an entry level deal. He is set to join the team on Tuesday night when the Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Schwartz's Colorado College dropped their best-of-three series against underdog Michigan Tech, losing two straight games. The last, in a 4 - 3 overtime loss to the visiting Huskies on home ice at the World Arena in Colorado.
Jaden Schwartz, the Blues first round pick in 2010, will join the team after his Colorado College Tiger's lost in the Playoffs. Schwartz signed an entry level deal with the Blues today.
The goaltending in St. Louis this year can not be described as nothing less than spectacular. Today it gained another notch in the belt, as the team gears up for a playoff run, when Jaroslav Halak was named the third star of the week by the NHL.
Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has gained more recognition, other than the praise of his teammates, after being named 3rd Star of the week by the NHL.
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Halak's accomplishment adds him to the short list of Blues players who also have been named one of the third stars throughout this season by the NHL. Back in November, other Blues goaltender Brian Elliot was named the third star and so was...
When the Blues take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus in a few minutes time, where they are playing their first of a seven game road trip, they will be looking to win their fifth straight game for the first time this year.
After beating Columbus last night, as well as the Ducks, Hawks and Sharks in the past week, a win will mean the first time all season that the Blues can string a five game winning streak together. Even though they have had plenty of chances to do so throughout the year.
Surprised? Well your not the only one.
What makes matters worse is, of the six times that they have had chances to put five wins together the only non-playoff team that has stop...
The Blues' rise to the top of the Central Division, second in the Western Conference, and third overall in the whole of the NHL, all started with a win against the Blackhawks back in early November, and, coming into tonight's game against their central division rival's they hope to keep the momentum they have built up continuing.
Although the 'Hawks have gotten the better of them the last two outings, a 3 – 1 loss on the road and 5 – 2 loss at home, a win tonight would even the season's match up at two games a piece. T...
The Flames and Blues head into the dome tonight for a game probably not many fans have had their mind on all day. Both the Flames and Blues decided to stay pat, as neither one made a single trade today. Regardless there is a game to be played and more importantly two points on the line. The Blues have been one of the surprises this season, not the fact that they are in the playoff race but more of the fact that the Blues are competing with the Red Wings for the Central Division crown as they sit just two points back. The Flames on the other hand are trying to just prove that they are a playoff team as they are currently on a 3 game skid and sit 3 points back of the 8th place Dallas Stars.
According to TSN, the St. Louis Blues have dealt their young gun goaltender Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
Bishop, who is currently playing for the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen, has put up 24 wins in 38 games played, including 6 shutouts. He also was named the MVP of the AHL all star game this year.
Considered one of the best young goalies not playing in the NHL, Bishop was in a sticky situation in St. Louis. With the signing of both Halak and Elliot for two more years, Bishop needed to play in 17 games this year for the big club for at least 30 minutes, or else he ...
With the NHL trade deadline looming upon us, less than a week away, it is time to consider what options the Blues have. Although, in my humble opinion, and the thoughts of many other Blues fans I presume, it may be enough to sit back on this team and let the return of injured players account for any adjustment they may want to make. Because the worst thing that can come from any trade at the deadline is a rut in established team chemistry. Either way, whatever route the Blues decide to take, it is always fun to consider some trades that they could make.