A lot has happened in the last 24 hours. And with the Nashville Predators coming to St. Louis tonight for a Central Division showdown, there's a lot to talk about. But the most pressing thing that comes to mind is that Gwyneth Paltrow is a country and western singer now? Isn't she British? She sounds like it. You gotta think the Nashville fan base is up in arms over this travesty of music. If you like that stuff.
Oh yeah, T.J. Oshie broke his leg, Jaroslav Halak is human, the Blues were dominated in an 8-1 loss at Columbus and the Blues and their fans have less than 24 hours to regroup. So all that's going on. Plus there's the retribution that could be coming Jordin Tootoo's way after he concussed Carlo Colaiacovo Oct. 28.
Here's what we know right now: Oshie isn't coming back anytime soon. The Blues are expected to talk about his prognosis sometime before the game. The Blues have called up Chris Porter and Nicholas Drazenovic. I have no idea how to pronounce his name, but I hope it ends in a "vitch" sound. Henceforth, he might be known and Vitches and Hoes. I can't wait.
Halak was first off the ice during the morning skate which according to people on Twitter means he's the starter. There's a good chance the Blues go back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen lineup, according to Jeremy Rutherford.
Look, we won't know how this season is going to turn now just a day after the Oshie break. We don't know how these young guys are going to respond. We don't know how the veterans like Brad Boyes and Andy McDonald will respond. What we do know is that with or without Oshie, this team plays hard and fast. Except on Wednesday nights in Ohio. But otherwise, they play balls to the wall. Don't think for an instance that the guys in that dressing room don't realize they have a lot to prove tonight. It could be a really interesting game. At least we hope it's a lot better than last night.
This is your game day thread. For the love of Pete, don't break a leg.