Found October 14, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Blues' starting goaltender is playing better than he has in years and the team has four wins to thank him for. Does this mean that Brian Elliott's time is numbered? Jaroslav Halak is off to his best start in his career wins-wise. He like the Blues has never started a year 4-0-0. He's also just tied Craig Johnson for third all-time for wins at home and he's passed Glenn Hall for most Blues' shutouts. His GAA is just 1.75 and his save percentage is an impressive .934. Regardless of how the Blues' defense has looked - and occasionally defensive pressure has left the building - he's stood tall in net just oozing confidence. You can tell in his body language and posture that his off-season workout routine that dropped 14 pounds from his already wiry frame worked. He's not tentative at all - the groin injuries of last season aren't a cloud over him anymore. They're not even a concern.

Refocused Halak is off to best start of his career

ST. LOUIS -- Following an off-season full of trade speculation and uncertainty, goaltender Jaroslav Halak is off to the best start of his career. And, at 4-0 for the first time in franchise history, so are the St. Louis Blues. "He's more engaged in everything he's doing. He's focused," says Blues defenseman Barret Jackman. "You can see his confidence right...

News flash: David Backes is sizzling out of the gate

ST. LOUIS -- You remember that first paper you had to do in the new school year: "How I spent my summer vacation." Well, a funny thing happened to David Backes last summer ... Team management urged the 6-foot-3, 221-pound captain of the St. Louis Blues to tone down the weightlifting. To limit the weight training to hockey-specific tasks -- more on the ice and feeling...

Today’s 5: Halak is back, Reimer could be back, Pronger will not be back.

Today’s 5 observations on current events in the National Hockey League. 1. Jaroslav Halak revitalizes career for the St. Louis Blues Jaroslav Halak was awful last season – there is no other way to say it. By the second half…Read more →The post Today’s 5: Halak is back, Reimer could be back, Pronger will not be back. appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Alexander Steen is making a strong case for a larger contract

A recent survey of NHL players from ESPN revealed that Alexander Steen is one of the most underrated players in the league. This isn't exactly new information as Blues fans have known Steen is one of the best forwards in the game for quite some time now.  Steen's current contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 season. What sort of impression would he leave the Blues...

It's time to bench Max Lapierre and release the Cracknell

Max Lapierre is off to a rocky start in St. Louis. Heading into the year, Lapierre was supposed to bring additional grit and aggressive play to the team's fourth line. Instead, he has brought reckless play and stupid decisions. Lapierre's poor decisions have directly led to power-play goals by the opposition.  With a potential suspension looming for his hit on Dan Boyle...

Preview: Blues look to cap a perfect homestand against the Sharks

Thanks to their high-powered offenses, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks are two of the three undefeated teams in the NHL. Judging by recent history, St. Louis appears to have a good chance to hand San Jose its first defeat. The host Blues seek their seventh win in eight meetings with the Sharks on Tuesday night. San Jose (5-0-0) and St. Louis (4-0-0) are first and second...

GIF: Brent Burns' brutal hit on Brenden Morrow

The Sharks were a little upset with the Blues after Maxim Lapierre's hit on Dan Boyle. So angry that they decided to take their frustration out on the Blues physically. Brenden Morrow was the recipient of a nasty cheap shot from Brent Burns. The guilty party here served just two minutes for his infraction even though the hit was well deserving of a larger sentence. You could...

St. Louis Blues eye perfect 5-0 homestand in showdown with San Jose Sharks

After a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, the St. Louis Blues are off to their first 4-0-0 start in franchise history. The San Jose Sharks come to town Tuesday night to battle the Blues, where both teams head into this showdown undefeated, two of three undefeated teams left in the NHL along with the Colorado Avalanche. The Blues are looking to cap off a perfect...

Sharks beat Blues 6-2 for sixth straight win

With added motivation after an illegal hit from behind sent defenseman Dan Boyle to the hospital the Sharks hammered the St. Louis Blues 6-2 Tuesday night to keep their record perfect while knocking St. Louis from the unbeaten ranks. Boyle had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher after the hit by Blues forward Maxim Lapierre drove the veteran face-first into the top edge of the...

Better effort, same result in St. Louis as Rangers fall to Blues

(AP Photo/Bill Boyce) The Rangers lost their third straight last night, falling to the unbeaten St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-3. This game, unlike the two in San Jose and Anaheim, was not an unmitigated disaster. New York was not completely dominated by the Blues, and managed to put control the puck a lot more. There were some defensive miscues, but there weren’t nearly as many...

Elliotte Friedman's Three Thoughts on the Senators

When hockey’s best columnist devotes three of his thirty thoughts to the Ottawa Senators, it’s second nature to examine what he wrote and break it down further. Let’s take a look: 1.Obviously, the biggest debate in Edmonton is what goalie the Oilers should chase. They are at 49 contracts, so signing a free agent or trading a draft pick for a player  completely eliminates...
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