He may not have recorded any hat tricks thus far or any of the other magnificent feats we’ve grown accustomed to, but Vladimir Tarasenko has been just fine this series against Minnesota. No complaints here.
In fact, Bernie tells you why Vladdy has been the Note’s best forward in this series despite not yet scoring a goal. Assists count as points too. Yahoo Sports hockey writer Greg Wyshynski joins to talk Blues-Wild and why many were wrong about Jake Allen.
And is there some hypocrisy present in Mike Matheny’s lineup construction? Bernie discusses this with our Cards insider Jen Langosch and gives some keys to a Cardinal turnaround.
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Blues ride Allen’s hot streak to 3-0 series lead
Minnesota has outshot the Blues 117-79 through three games, but Jake Allen has stoned 114 of said shots for a .974 save percentage.
Allen now has a .943 save percentage since Feb. 1 and the Blues are 25-7-1 in that stretch under Mike Yeo.
DOA Cardinals get swept in the Bronx…How bad is it?
Adam Wainwright surrendered a 1-0 lead Sunday and the Cards never got it back en route to being swept by the Yankees. Their 3-9 start is the worst in 12 games since 1988.
The Cards have also lost their first four series for the first time since 1973. Things aren’t great. Bernie goes through the less than stellar numbers.
Goal prevention is nothing new under Mike Yeo
Yeo and his assistants have given the Blues sounder defensive structure with less skating around. Jake Allen has faced far less danger shots and Note defenders are clearing the zone much faster.
This goal prevention is nothing new. It’s just being noticed more in the postseason and there’s no ‘soft schedule’ excuses.
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Cardinal keys for turning things around
It’s really quite simple…The best players must play as such and Mike Matheny has to put the best lineup out there every day.
Matheny has to get over his insane Matt Adams obsession. Things won’t get better if these things aren’t done in a hurry.
Tarasenko is providing Schwartz and others with opportunities…
And they’re capitalizing. Vladimir Tarasenko has 2 assists, no goals and is plus-1 through these three playoff games. Already you can hear whispers he needs to find his game.
This, despite his having the helper for the Game 1 OT winner and the Wild swarming him after being burned too many past times. He’s been the team’s best forward this series.
Interview w/ Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy blog editor – Greg Wyshynski
Wyshynski mentions being wrong about Jake Allen and compares the goalie’s position to Martin Brodeur’s in his playing days.
Cards rotation not holding up their end either
Neither Carlos Martinez nor Adam Wainwright could be slump-stoppers in their weekend starts. The Cards’ overall pitching is currently 29th in MLB ERA.
While the defense hasn’t helped much, this team is going nowhere with the starting pitching we saw Easter weekend. This needs to change in a hurry as long as the offense isn’t carrying their weight.
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Pietrangelo continues leading the D’s way in Shattenkirk’s absence
Blues defenders have blocked 41 Wild shots with Petro leading the way at 10 and Colton Parayko with 8. This has no doubt frustrated Minnesota skaters.
Note defenders have also scored 3 goals and shot 25 times. This is for those who thought the season was over after the Kevin Shattenkirk trade.
Interview w/ MLB.com Cardinals reporter and 101ESPN insider – Jen Langosch
Langosch talks the “double standard at play” with the Cards’ lineup construction and those who are struggling.
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