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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, Talk to an NHL general manager about what it takes to win the Stanley Cup and the mantra is depth, depth, depth.
The Stanley Cup playoffs are a war of attrition. The teams that can best replace their fallen or ineffective players will thrive. Look how the Philadelphia Flyers are struggling because their big star, centre Claude Giroux, appears to be playing hurt and was no match for the New Jersey Devils’ Zach Parise on Thursday night.
When you are filling key positions by committee, the need for depth is more acute. That’s why the St. Louis Blues, the league’s textbook defensive team this season, are going to lose their second-round series to the Los Angeles Kings barring a medical miracle.
Under head coach Ken Hitchcock, the Blues were a defensive powerhouse this season. Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott copped the Jennings Trophy by allowing the fewest goals-against during the regular season.
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The St. Louis Blues could have Alex Pietrangelo (lower-body) back in the lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the defenseman himself will decide if he's able to go. "He feels OK," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after Pietrangelo took part in full practice Wednesday. "If he feels OK (Thursday), and...
In St. Louis, what was once a strength is now a weakness. A first round injury knocked former playoff standout and current Blues starter Jaroslav Halak out for an undetermined amount of time, leaving unlikely All-Star netminder Brian Elliott to hold down the fort.And hold down the fort he has not.Following a breakout regular season in which Elliott won 23 of 38 appearances, posted...
LA KINGS 40-27-1595 pts, 8th in Western Conference, 13th in NHLvsST. LOUIS BLUES49-22-11109 pts, 2nd in Western Conference, 3rd in NHL
Kings Won Regular Season Series 3-1
Kings Lead Playoff Series 2-0
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After a strong first round performance by the St. Louis Blues, resulting in four straight wins in five competitive games, expectations were high for a rollover into the semifinals.
Why wouldnât they be? Right?
Since the November coaching change very few teams have been as consistent as the boys in blue. Their stature in the final standings as evidence. Inexperienced? How...
Sigh. Whether New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise will hit the open market as a free agent this summer is up for debate, but what is not is the fact that the NHL’s press corps is even more excited about the prospect of Parise signing with a team other than the Devils than the teams that would happily line up with Brinks trucks in tow to court Parise’s services already are....
Like I've said all along - this was the series I wanted.
I know. I'm a broken record.
I don't want to hear from Blues fans whining about how "If Halak was here, it would be a different story." Guess what, folks. The Kings nearly beat San Jose last year WITHOUT Kopitar. We didn't.
Now it's OUR year.
Brian Elliott hadn't started 5 games...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) David Backes was grateful the St. Louis Blues were out of their homes and comfort zones Wednesday, practicing in an opponent's practice rink just a few slap shots from the Pacific Ocean.
Still reeling from the shock of two home playoff losses, the St. Louis captain realizes that a strong road trip is the only way to save his team's season.
I would like to see none of this tomorrow afternoon. Please. For dignity's sake, please.
Believe it or not, I'm not writing this as my usual eternal pessimist self. I'm writing this as a realist: the Blues stand a very good chance of ending their season on a four game losing streak and being eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings. It will not be pleasant...
The Los Angeles Kings playing their first home game of the series, defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-2.
The Kings now lead the Blues 3-0 in the series which forces the Blues to win the next four games. The two teams play again on Sunday at 3:00pm ET.
Will the next game be the last one for the Blues?
13 days ago, Claude Giroux sent a statement to the hockey world in Game 6 of the Flyers' opening round series with their hated in-state rivals from Pittsburgh.
Giroux, who asked head coach Peter Laviolette to start the game and then told Danny Briere to "watch this" seconds before faceoff, laid out Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby and fired a shot past Marc-Andre...
This is the reason former Fighting Sioux forward Zach Parise is going to make a lot of money on the free agency market during this summer. I predict that the future Wild forward is probably going to be making somewhere in the 7-10 million dollar a year range.
The Devils star Parise scored this beautiful goal in last night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Parise...
As the saying goes, it's playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back, that's most crucial for success in the NHL playoffs.
But in the case of the New Jersey Devils, it seems the additional letter on the front -- the "C" or "A" stitched into the upper left corner, just above the heart -- means a little something extra, too...
The Flyers are now down 2-1 in the series, and tonight is a must win situation for the Flyers. Going into this series, Flyers fans were very positive about the Devils, stating that if we play our game, we have a striaght route to the cup. Wells Flyers fans, they aren't playing their game...yet.
With the overtime loss on Tuesday, I think the Flyers received the Devils message...
It was to be their final line change of the game. With Erik Gustaffson and Brayden Schenn caught, Ilya Kovalchuk launched a nifty long pass down the ice and found Alexei Ponikarovsky streaking toward the net 1-on-1 against Andreas Lilja. He took one shot that Bryzgalov stopped, but the puck bounced back to him and he slid it into the net for an overtime winner.
Just like that the...
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