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Stars At Blues Open Thread 1/10/08

Tkachuk needs to keep putting the biscuit in the basketÂ

By Brad Lee

Busy time for the Blues with three games in four days. Up next are the Dallas Stars. Here's the Yahoo! Sports preview. We don't know which goalie is starting for either team with both in the middle of games on consecutive nights. Marty Turco played last night, so we'll probalby see Mike Smith. The Blues play tomorrow in Columbus, but with Emmanuel Legace making the All-Star team today, coach Willem Dafoe might want Legace out there to soak in the addulation from 13-15,000 fans.

As much as some fans are critical of Blues coverage in the Post-Dispatch, we're big fans of Jeremy Rutherford's Morning Skate blog. Insightful, timely and filled with little nuggets like these:

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    • The Blues will be without forward Mike Johnson for the remainder of the season. Johnson has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will have surgery. Johnson’s injury leaves the Blues with only 12 healthy forwards. Blues coach Andy Murray said there are no current plans to bring up somebody from Peoria. “I think when we go on an extended road trip, we’ll need to have an extra body” Murray said. “I think it depends what we need . . . the type of player that we need.”

    • Here’s a stat for you: in the Blues’ first eight games this season, they had 30+ shots in five of those games. In their last 32 games, they’ve have 30-plus shots in only six of them.

    • So the Stars will be playing on back-to-back nights, which brings up an unbelievable tale from this morning’s talk with Murray. You want to know how detailed this guy is? This won’t help any in the game preparation, but Murray told reporters that the Stars landed at 1:18 a.m. this morning. Not 1:15 a.m. . . . 1:18 a.m.

Now that's good stuff. Feel free to leave your thoughts before the game and then come back during and after and keep it going. I'll be hunkered in the Lee family bunker, so I might play along. Remember to come back Friday for the live blog during the game at Columbus.