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Blues Looking to Improve on Road Record for Second Half

 

More important than the return of Alex Steen and Andy MacDonald, more important than the impressive play of their two goalies, more important than the extra long break they got after the All Star Break, nothing is more key to the Blues keeping pace atop the Western Conference standings than improving their road record. The Checking Line's Taylor Giffin takes a look at the road woes that St. Louis has had and if the second half presents an opportunity for change.

 

Coming out of the All Star Break holding down one of their best positions in the Wes...

Detroit Hopes To Stop Singing The Blues

The Red Wings are coming off a strong showing last night in Nashville and seek a similar result tonight against another divisional foe, St. Louis. Detroit can start a winning streak by ending their losing streak against the Blues. The Wings have lost their past three games against St. Louis going back to a 10-3 rout last season.

The teams' two meetings this season have been decided by one goal margins that frustrated Detroit. In both games St. Louis was buoyed by a surprisingly solid performance by an area of its special teams. In their November come from behind victory their PK was uncharacteristically stingy, denying the Wings on six power play attempts, including a five minut...

November Notes

We are in mid-November, and it is time for my look at the Canucks this month thus far. The 'Nucks have played 7 games up till now (1 home, 6 road), and have managed to get 8 of 14 points. Brian Raiger takes a look at what the Canucks have done correctly and what they need to do for their remaining 6 games of the month and season ahead.

NOV. 1 - CANUCKS @ FLAMES - SCORE: 5-1 W

The key to any game is to have a successful first 20 minutes, come out hard hitting, get the puck deep, draw a penalty, and convert. This is what happened for the Canucks, scoring 3 goals in the first 20 minutes (2 of them with the extra man, and one of these PP goals coming with 19 seconds left in th...

Central Focus: St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues took the offseason with a grain of salt this year. Overall, the team has more depth and more veteran presence. They lost some players that were fixtures on the fourth line and gained some guys that have some skill and leadership to help the younger players develop.

Departures

 PLAYER2011-12 TeamTyson Strachan, DFloridaDave Scatchard, CFree AgentChris Porter, LWFree AgentNathan Oystrick, DPhoenixCam Janssen, RWNew JerseyTy Conklin, GDetroitDean Arsene, DPhoenixGraham Mink, LW

Free Agent

Paul Kariya, LWretired

 

Arrivals

 PLAYERFROMJonathan Cheechoo,...

Blues and Avalanche Make A Massive Trade

So here I am in bed, when I happen to notice the red light flashing on my blackberry. I noticed it was a text, so I read it quickly. This is the message at 2:33 AM ET: "TSN.ca ALERT: Blues trade Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and con. pick to Avs for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkrik and con. pick." Dazed and confused, I had to read it again, then again and again. I'm both shocked and confused. This is easily the biggest trade of the season, perhaps the biggest trade in a while. What's even more amazing is that no one saw this coming. Then on top of that, you have this deal randomly going down at roughly 2am ET? My initial and current reaction is complete shock as to what GM Gr...

Blues trade Brewer

It appears as though Tomas Kaberle will not be the only big name defencemen moving Friday, as the St. Louis Blues announced they have traded their captain Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brewer, 31 has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Lightning. In return, the Blues will receive defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom and a 2011 third round draft pick. Eric has eight goals and six assists from the blue line this season. The Vernon, British Columbia native has played 11 NHL seasons between the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and the Blues. In 736 total games he has 64 goals and 144 assists. The former 1st round, 5th overall selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Dra...

Blues Can't Climb Back Up the Mountain, Drop 7-5 Goalfest to the Hawks

The Blues brought their two game losing streak to the United Center last night and played what the Versus announcers’ aptly described as a seesaw battle. The Blues fell behind 5-1 midway through the second against the surging Chicago Blackhawks, but were able to scrap all the way back into the tilt. Brad Boyes made it 5-4 with plenty of time left in the third, but unfortunately, the tying goal was not to be had. Pesky Patrick Kane banged home his second goal of the game off a rebound at 13:42 of the third to make it 6-4. Two minutes later Jonathan Toews also scored his second of the game, putting the game out of reach. A David Backes goal at 17:21 was not enough and the game ended 7-5. ...

Wheels Come of the Blues' Bus in the Third

I am a superstitious fan. A very superstitious fan. I will wear the same lucky shirt under my suit at work every game day until my team loses. And then I’ll move on to the previously lucky shirt if they lose. I will sleep in a different shirt on other game nights. I will watch games from the same seat during hot streaks. And these are the superstitious actions I’m willing to divulge. But, during cold losing streaks, I’m like a ship lost at sea. Why am I telling you this? Because I didn’t want to write another blog until they won. Since I started here, the Blues have lost five in a row. After I nearly crowned them Stanley Cup champions in November, they’ve hit the skids. And m...

Ineffective PK Leads to Third Straight Loss for Blues

In front of an announced "crowd" of 9,412 in the Arizona desert, the Blues dropped their third straight contest in a close one. While they fought back time and time again, outshooting the Coyotes 38-27, their ultimate demise resulted from inopportune penalties and the inability to kill them off. A hat-trick from former Canes' sniper, Ray Whitney, and stellar goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov certainly didn't help either. At the end of the night, the once red-hot Blues lost 5-3, are now staring directly in the face of a three-game losing streak and sit two points back of the division leading Detroit Red Wings. The Blues came in to this game without T.J. Oshie and decided to ...

Blues Drop First at Home to the Predators after the Gimmick (I mean shootout)

After getting the news that T.J. Oshie is going to miss three months recovering from ankle surgery, the Blues looked to put last night's debacle behind them and continue their undefeated stretch at home. They accomplished the former, but not the latter, losing in a shootout to the Nashville Predators. The Blues definitely tightened the ship and Jaroslav Halak rebounded from last night's performance, but the Blues coughed up the lead in the third period and couldn't win in regulation. Marcel Goc's sweet move ended the shootout after Pekka Rinne made all the saves he needed to. At least there were no pre-game scuffles over the warm-up soccer game.