Dunn would give away size to a lot of guys in the room. He'd have trouble getting inside on a lot of guys with a longer reach. I'd avoid Bortuzzo. If Parayko were in a bad mood, I'd avoid him too, but I've never known him to be in a bad mood. Dunn can bring it when he has to though.
He is at certain things. The marketplace, however, does not agree with you.
Three home jerseys aren't enough for you? No.
Berube said Tarasenko is progressing well but probably won't play this weekend
After this weekend, Blues play on Tuesday in Philadelphia
I think playing in empty arenas works right now. It avoids bringing big crowds together, with the inherent hazards of that, while allowing the season to continue. I don't know that logistically you could push the pause button on the season and then restart it in a few weeks or a month. Playing games in empty arenas will hit some teams hard, but I don't see another alternative
The team's centers, particularly O'Reilly and Thomas, are very big on playmaking and passing, which hasn't been ideal at times as they pass up decent scoring chances in favor of making the extra pass. And, if you always make that pass, defensemen know how to defend the play. So they need to shoot. It's as simple as that. Thomas recently went three games without even a shot attempt. The Blues are a case of the perfect being the enemy of the good. Some of those chances are plenty good opportunities, but they don't lead to a shot so we'll never know.
For broadcast purposes and for stats purposes, they would need to be played in NHL arenas. Centene isn't equipped for those situations. There aren't the broadcast positions, the camera setups, the locker room facilities. You could in a pinch, I suppose, but it would be seriously lacking.
No moreso than in any other game. Isn't any Detroit Red Wings game the rest of the season have the potential for a player not to be at 100 percent intensity?
It would make the crowded Summer Olympics even more crowded, create the need for another big arena (or two), take away potentially a big event from the Winter Olympics and be out of season for the NHL, so probably not
More consistent scoring. If they hit one of these droughts in the playoffs, that will be the end of it
Two seasons ago, there were no coaching changes in the regular season. This year, gobs. The Blues are no doubt a contributing factor, teams looking for that jolt of lightning to get them going like the Blues got with Berube. Teams probably would have done a lot of them anyway, but the Blues factor of turning it into a Stanley Cup no doubt made it that much more appealing to teams.
I can't say for sure on the Towel Man -- our paths seldom cross. There were, I think, three categories of rings, starting with the big ones for the players and coaches, with smaller ones for other staffers, depending on years of service. (The security guys, for instance, got them.) Kelly Chase is still on the Blues payroll, so he got a ring. Which one, I don't know.
Perron took a puck to the mouth in Edmonton shortly after the All-Star break and had to have some dental work. That coincides with his drop, but I don't know that I can say there's a correlation between the two. But he clearly hasn't been as productive since the break. He committed penalties in seven of the first 11 games after the All-Star break, and even if some of them were bad calls, not all of them were. He's been better at that, and hasn't been called for a penalty for a while. His shot attempts look to have been down a little, so he's been a bit hesitant there. He's one of the players the Blues need to step it up. For a long stretch, the most productive player on that line was Sanford, which not many saw coming.
Too many variables right now. If Pietrangelo doesn't come back, do the Blues try to bring back Scandella? He's fit in well. Mikkola is ready, as we've seen, and Walman's game has come on at San Antonio, I'm told. (Reinke not so much). You could have a seven of Pietrangelo, Parayko, Faulk, Gunnarsson, Bortuzzo, Dunn and Mikkola, or it cold be Parayko, Faulk, Scandella, Gunnarsson, Bortuzzo, Dunn and Mikkola, or Parayko, Faulk, Gunnarsson, Bortuzzo, Dunn, Mikkola and Walman. The only trade possibility in there would seem to be Gunnarsson.
Teams seem to always break out a new jersey for the Winter Classic, though the Blues closets are going to be getting pretty crowded soon
I was talking with Ivan Barbashev on this recent trip and asked him what he did on his off day in New York, when the team didn't practice. He said he stayed in his hotel room the whole time. On that Tuesday, the Blues didn't practice but they still time set off for treatments, such as massages, at the hotel. (During the playoffs, the Blues bring in an extra masseuse because the demand is high.) A lot of the time, it's just rest and fluids, and then a nice dinner out. Hockey players are big on naps too.