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Five Things the Blues Need to Do Better If They Want to Beat Nashville

By Randy Karraker | April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the Blues prepare for the Predators in their Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round matchup, it seems apparent we’re going to see a low scoring series. In the first round, Jake Allen was second in goals against average at 1.47, trailing only Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne’s 0.70 GAA. Rinne leads all playoff goalies with a save …

St. Louis’ Lawsuit Against the NFL: Seven Questions Answered

By Randy Karraker | April 16, 2017 | 8 Comments

Word came down Wednesday that the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority had filed suit against the NFL and all 32 owners, alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation and tortious interference with business expectancy. What does it mean, and what should we expect?  Here …

Do’s and Don’ts to Make or Break Blues With Playoffs Near

By Randy Karraker | April 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

On March 5, the Blues were in the midst of a five game losing streak and had a record of 32-27-5, in danger of falling out of the NHL playoff picture altogether. On the same date, the Minnesota Wild were 42-15-6 and in commanding position to win the central division. After that date, the Blues …

If Molina Wants to Retire as a Cardinal, He Has to be Reasonable

By Randy Karraker | March 26, 2017 | 8 Comments

Over the course of the last week, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his brother Bengie have said, among other things, that; 1) Yadier wants to end his career as a Cardinal, 2) wants a four-year contract, 3) wants to be the highest paid catcher in baseball, 4) and isn’t afraid of testing free agency. And, …

Five Reasons the Blues Are Enjoying a Western Conference Standings Resurgence

By Randy Karraker | March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Blues were reeling from five-game losing streak on the morning of March 5, sitting with a 32-27-5 record, good for 67 points and trailing the Nashville Predators in the Central division by six. Worse than that, they were a point behind the Los Angeles Kings for the final wildcard spot, so with 36 days …

As Playoffs Approach, Blues Show Multiple Personalities

By Randy Karraker | March 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

As the wildly inconsistent Blues head out west to try and maintain a hold on the second wild card spot in the NHL’s western conference, there are several points fans can feel good about heading into the final fifteen games of the season. As the trip to Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Arizona and Colorado begins, …

Blues’ Season Is Just the Latest Case of the Club’s ‘Insanity’

By Randy Karraker | March 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results-Albert Einstein I will admit that I am insane. And, unfortunately, so is Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. The organization saw a Blues core quit on coach Andy Murray and get him fired in January of 2010, thinking that would spur his group …

Berglund Is the Big, Defensive Center the Blues Need in the NHL Central

By Randy Karraker | February 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

We got word late Friday morning the Blues had re-signed center Patrik Berglund to a five-year contract extension worth $19.25 million, a raise from his previous average annual value of $3.7 million to $3.85 million. The new deal makes Berglund the 49th highest paid center in the NHL, one spot behind the comparable Mike Fisher …

Blues Should Sell Shattenkirk to the Trade Deadline’s Highest Bidder

By Randy Karraker | February 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

We are down to single digits in days remaining until the NHL trade deadline on March 1, and Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong has a conundrum. His team has been red hot since the coaching change that promoted Mike Yeo and jettisoned Ken Hitchcock. After a loss at Buffalo on Saturday, the Blues are 7-2 …

Matheny Should Lose the Excuses and Let the Leaders Lead

By Randy Karraker | February 13, 2017 | 6 Comments

Cardinal manager Mike Matheny made headlines, especially here at last week in an interview with our friend Mark Saxon of Colleagues Bernie Miklasz and Kevin Wheeler took the skipper to task for some of the things he said about his young players, and his criticism of the media. I will admit that I’m …