(video) Bryan Bickell smokes Vladimir Sobotka

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell absolutely smokes St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka with a good, hard, legal check.guess who is back? back again? vladdy’s back. tell a friend pic.twitter.com/PbTppi3bHf— Steph (@myregularface) April 24, 2014
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss


The St. Louis Blues could put themselves in a very good position tonight with a win over Chicago. Up 2-0 and in the Windy City, Ken Hitchcock's no-name crew might knock off the defending Cup champions in four straight. There's a long way to go before that happens, and my guess is Hitchcock has put those thoughts to bed among his crew long ago. No matter the rest of this...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitchcock says every injured player will play in the first round

Are you worried about all of the injuries on the St. Louis roster? Maybe you shouldn’t be. While it’s unclear who will return and when, it’s pretty interesting seeing Hitchcock make such a bold statement. It’s a telling comment, but it leaves him a bit of wiggle room. Hitch says that every injured #stlblues would play before the first-round series is over. — Jeremy Rutherford...
Via Frozen Notes
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues-Blackhawks: Meet me in St. LouBARF

The Chicago Blackhawks start their Stanley Cup Championship defense against America’s Sweethearts: the St. Louis Blues.  The drive down I-55 is enough to hate this match-up, but the (lack of) respect shown by the Blues for opponents is unmatched in the NHL, and Chicago is aware of that. Patrick Kane was injured in a 4-0 win over the Bloos (that’s spelled correctly) in March...
Via The Sports Bank
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues' Patrik Berglund joins half a dozen teammates on the shelf

Boy, when the St. Louis Blues fall apart, they don't screw around.Losers of five straight, the Blues have also lost David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Tarasenko, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Vladimir Sobotka - and now they can add centerman Patrik Berglund to the growing list, as the second-line dish man left Friday night's loss to the Dallas Stars in the third period...
Via Sports Injury Alert
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Re Wings Saturday practice post: Alfredsson out, Howard starting vs. ornery Blues on Sunday

If the Detroit Red Wings plan on rebounding from yet another frustrating outcome (see: Friday's 3-2 loss to Carolina and three of their past four games) when they battle the St. Louis Blues on Sunday (12 PM EDT--11:30 AM CDT local start--NBC/97.1 FM), the Wings had better pick up their individual and team games in a hurry. In theory, the Blues represent "easy pickings...
Via Kukla's Korner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues' T.J. Oshie leaves game after hit to head from Mike Rupp

Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp returned to the lineup last night after 23 games as a healthy scratch and was assessed a match penalty for intent to injure and a five-minute major. Midway through the second period, St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie was carrying the puck up the boards and passed it off to teammate Vladimir Sobotka on the point. Oshie curled to the inside of the...
Via Sports Injury Alert
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues call on Ty Rattie

It’s Ty Rattie time! The St. Louis Blues have called on their best prospect as they take on the Dallas Stars on Friday night. With numerous forwards injured (David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka, Vladimir Tarasenko, Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow), the Blues brought up Adam Cracknell, Keith Aucoin and the previously mentioned Rattie. The list of injured skates is a depressing...
Via Frozen Notes
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Inconsistent offense results in yet another disappointing day for Blues

Time is running out for the St. Louis Blues if they are going to fix their recent maladies before the start of the playoffs. The Blues' 4-2 loss to the host Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday was their second in successive games, third in six contests and fifth in 10 games and made it apparent they weren't able to find any magic elixirs on their quick trip to the Windy City. ...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Who sits when Vladimir Sobotka returns?

Vladimir Sobotka's leg is almost fully recovered. The versatile St. Louis forward has been on the shelf ever since he suffered a broken kneecap on January 14th. Now that he's nearing a return to the lineup, the Blues will have to make a difficult roster decision.  When Sobotka returns, who sits? It's a great problem to have. When Sobotka is cleared to play, the...
Via Frozen Notes
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues look to complete their first-ever season sweep of Predators

A potent and deep offense, solid goaltending and outstanding team defense are all reasons why the St. Louis Blues are leading the race for the Presidents' Trophy. Their success against the Central Division can also be added to that list. St. Louis seeks to remain unbeaten in regulation against the Central and complete its first-ever season sweep of the Nashville Predators on...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sobotka's return boosts Blues over Oilers

The Blues are atop the NHL standings right now, and that’s as good as it gets. But it was George Bernard Shaw who wrote, “As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.” And the Blues can relate. They underlined the point with a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday at Scottrade Center. Over the past two weeks, the Note have collected...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues' Sobotka to return to the ice tonight against the Oilers

ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Sobotka will make his return to the lineup for the St. Louis Blues tonight after missing 12 games over the past six weeks with a broken kneecap. "I feel good," Sobotka said following the morning skate Thursday. "I've been skating hard for the last four days and I feel pretty good. So I'm ready to play tonight." The 26-year-old center...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Who sits when Vladimir Sobotka returns?

Vladimir Sobotka's leg is almost fully recovered. The versatile St. Louis forward has been on the shelf ever since he suffered a broken kneecap on January 14th. Now that he's nearing a return to the lineup, the Blues will have to make a difficult roster decision.  When Sobotka returns, who sits? It's a great problem to have. When Sobotka is cleared to play...
Via Frozen Notes
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Randall Ritchey: Blues Deadline Day : What Do They Need?

Looking at the Blues roster, there is one position that is in dire need of an upgrade, and that is the center position. David Backes will hold down the number one center position for the Blues, but there is a big hole in the second center position. Vladimir Sobotka has done a very solid job of holding down the fort on the second line. Ideally, he's a third line center who...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Randall Ritchey: Sobotka To Skate, Leopold Out, Jaskin Recalled, And More

With the regular season gearing up for a return, the Blues are set to catch a flight tonight headed to their next destination, Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Blues will open the season back up against the Canucks on Wednesday night and they will be without Vladimir Sobotka. Sobotka injured his knee just prior to the Sochi Olympic games and unfortunately had to miss the tournament...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Out at least a month, Sobotka will miss Olympics -- and his Blues teammates share his disappointment

ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Sobotka's teammates feel for the injured St. Louis Blues center, who will miss the Winter Olympic Games in Russia after suffering a broken kneecap Friday. "It's awful," T.J. Oshie said. "I hit my knee in Edmonton a couple weeks ago and right when it happened I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to miss the Olympics.' That'...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues' Sobotka out with bum knee; will miss Sochi Games

A bum knee will keep St. Louis Blues' centerman Vladimir Sobotka from participating in the Sochi Olympic Games.Sobotka suffered the injury when he struck the dashers in an awkward fashion after being tripped up inadvertently by Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk during the Blue's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday night and has been placed on the teams' Injured Reserved...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Sobotka injury may open door for Hudler on Czech roster

Vladimir Sobotka landed on injured reserve for the St. Louis Blues with a leg injury that will knock him out of the Olympics. That opens the door for another player to join the Czech Republic roster and it could be Calgary’s Jiri Hudler. Olympic coach Alois Hadamczik told TV NOVA in the Czech Republic (via Roman Jedlicki) that Hudler may be the leading candidate to replace Sobotka...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sobotka Placed On IR By The Blues, Will Not Play For The Czech Republic At The Olympics

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Vladimir Sobotka on injured reserve with a left leg injury.  Sobotka, who was recently named to the Czech Republic’s roster, will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics and be re-evaluated in four weeks. Sobotka, 26, has dressed in 46 games, posting...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Vladimir Sobotka on IR, will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks

Fans held their breath when Vladimir Sobotka hobbled off the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes. Things looked bleak, but the feeling immediately after the game was that Sobotka would be classified as day-to-day and at worst might miss a couple contests.  Unfortunately, the situation is much more severe. Sobotka was placed on the IR by the Blues and will be re-evaluated in...
Via Frozen Notes
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Injured Sobotka will not play against Nashville tonight

In addition to a 3-1 loss at Carolina Friday, the Blues left town with what appeared could be a serious injury to Vladimir Sobotka. With 1 minute, 22 seconds left in regulation, Sobotka was hunting down a puck behind the Carolina net and was inadvertently tripped by the stick blade of Hurricanes' Justin Faulk. Sobotka crashed into the boards awkwardly, banging his left knee...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Enemy: Predators vs Blues Preview

The Nashville Predators (25-23-8) will hit the road on Saturday in hopes of taking down division rival St. Louis Blues (36-12-5) in their third meeting of the regular season. The Predators are coming off a come from behind victory Friday night in Nashville defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime.  As of late the Blues have struggled to gain momentum.  In four of...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Preview: Blues end three-game Canadian swing against slumping Canucks

A seven-game winning streak has left St. Louis perched atop the Central Division. The Blues will try to extend that run and take sole possession of the division lead Friday as they close a three-game Canadian swing against the slumping Vancouver Canucks. After Thursday's 5-0 win at Calgary, the Blues (31-7-5) are in position to post their longest winning streak since a nine-game...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Halak, Blues shut out ice cold Flames, win 7th straight

Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for his 28th career shutout and third this season to lead the St. Louis Blues to their seventh straight victory with a 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Chris Stewart, Vladimir Sobotka, Ian Cole, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored goal for St. Louis, which hasn't been defeated since losing in a shootout to the Flames...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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