Game Time Prospect Sunday, March Forth! 2012

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By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department


Cavalryman skullThis is the only day of the year that is a direct command.

The Blues have heard it, as the 5-1-0 road trip shows; the rest of the organization needs to hear it as well. Especially our Baby Blues 120 miles northeast of the Arch...

Gentlemen of the St. Louis Blues organization, from the NHL club down to the lowest level of junior, the playoff push for your clubs -- and for each of you as individuals -- commences now. March Forth!!!

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PROSPECT PROMOTIONS / DEMOTIONS:

None to report this week.

PROSPECT TRADES:

None to report this week.

PLAYERS ON SICK CALL:

02-24-12 -- D Jani Hakanpää (Blues Espoo/SM-Liiga) out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. (LINK, in Finnish).

01-09-12 -- F Jay Barriball and D Jake Gannon (Peoria/AHL) remain on IR with concussions. (LINK).

01-08-12 -- C Jori Lehtera (Sibir Novosibirsk/KHL) out for the season with a broken leg. (LINK).

PLAYERS RETURNED TO DUTY:

None to report this week.

PLAYERS ON SUSPENSION:

None to report this week.


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RIVERMEN NEED MUCH MORE OF THIS DOWN THE STRETCH:

As noted above, the playoff push for the Peoria Rivermen is well and truly under way now.

We'll go into greater detail about the Rivs' playoff push at 2:00 Central today, but here is a taste of what Peoria needs to do -- and a look at one of the teams against whom they need to do it -- in order to earn a spot in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs.

Here's some video from Peoria's impressive 4-2 victory over Western Conference leaders Oklahoma City on Friday night. This game was essentially The Danny Syvret Show, as the veteran AHL defender scored once and added a pair of assists, but pay close attention to the play that develops at 0:25 of the video.

Prospect center Brett Sonne (55 GP, 7-9-16, 40 PM) lugs the puck up the middle through traffic, dishing to Syvret who then makes a sweet tape-to-tape goalmouth pass to prospect winger Tyler Shattock (53 GP, 7-6-13, 8 PM) for an easy tap-in goal.

Shattock and Sonne have both rounded into form as reliable third-liners for the Rivermen this year, and this is just a taste of what they're capable of offensively. The Rivermen will need much more of this kind of play from these two guys in order to hang with the big dogs like OKC down the stretch.

Another player that Peoria is relying upon for offense, center Phil McRae, bangs home his 20th goal of the season at 1:15 of the video. With Brett Sterling now out of the picture in AwesomeTown, McRae's 20 goals is second on the team behind veteran Derek Nesbitt with 21. McRae's assist totals are not quite up to snuff (9 on the year), and a lack of demonstrated playmaking ability is a concern for a center prospect, but the Rivs will need to keep getting goals from McRae's stick to have any real chance of playoff success.


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St. Louis is home to the Blues, both the hockey club and that uniquely American style of music that draws on the sorrows and pain of everyday life.

Country music is sort of the third cousin to the blues. Both genres share many of the same roots, and the subject matter upon which the lyrics draw is often very similar as well.

Today's offering is the blues with a country flavor; the chords may not be Mississippi Delta blues, but the subject matter qualifies. This song was written by the great John Prine, and this version is performed by the late, great John Denver... who could sing a sad song like no one else, and who had a lot of personal experience with the blues in his life.

Have a listen (sorry for the ads; that's YouTube for ya):

We're not playing the lonesome blues today -- well, not really, anyway -- but as always, this feature is dedicated to someone very special and always on the mind and in the heart of your GTPD.

If you're interested in the blues, check out "Those Lowdown Blues" on the 'Net every Sunday night from 7 to midnight (St. Louis time). Your Game Time Prospect Department heartily endorses this program.


FEATURES THIS WEEK:

River Readings headerRIVER READINGS

The 2011-12 season has now become The Year of the Snake, and Jake "The Snake" Allen is responding; the Rivs need more results at the other end of the ice, however. Details at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Trending Up headerTRENDING UP

Vive la Quebecois! Four of the Fab Five this week have strong ties to the QMJHL, and all but one are still junior-age players, which bodes well for the future. Details at 3:00 PM Central Time.

Weekly Stats headerWEEKLY PROSPECT STATISTICS REVIEW

The most complete weekly source of Blues' prospect scoring and goaltending stats available anywhere in one place on the Internet. Details at 4:00 PM Central Time.

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