Hi. Remember us? And those guys that wear the Blue Note, remember them too? We're back, baby.
Let's keep it simple: 20 games, down five points, four teams they have to pass. That's all it take for the Blues to extend their playoff streak to two straight seasons.
The Blues last played back on Feb. 13. Cam Janssen sits out the next five games. Keith Tkachuk had finger surgery and didn't make the trip to Phoenix tonight. The trade deadline is tomorrow and guys like Paul Kariya, Brad Boyes and Carlo Colaiacovo might be on the move. Wish there was more to write about...
So the Blues are in the desert with the Coyotes. They're much better this season than in recent years. They have a bunch of guys you've never heard of yet they're probably making the playoffs.
We chatted for a few minutes with
Odin Mercer Travis Hair with Five For Howling last night. He gave us the low down on a few Phoenix issues.
Brad Lee: Was it all just Gretzky?
Travis Hair: 78% Gretzky. 22% No one else knowing what to do because he couldn't tell them. We knew it'd be different just seeing Ulf Sameuelssson run the team in the preseason. He had those guys working hard. I don't know that Gretzky knew how to do that because he never really had to.
BL: How's attendance with a better than expected team?
TH: Attendance has been gradually increasing. The beginning of the year was absolutely brutal. I think the last time the Blues came to town there were something like 6,000 in the arena. But the past few games have either been sold out, or really really close. The team spent half the year just getting the word out that they, in fact, had not moved anywhere
BL: "In case you haven't noticed, and judging by attendance, you haven't, but the Indians are threatening to climb out of the cellar."
TH: Exactly. But people are starting to notice. The media has actually be reporting on the games at the top of the sports section rather than burying a score at the end. The paper has had a few big features on the team too.
BL: And and easy one: where will this team be in say two years.
TH: In two years this team will be a perennial contender here in Phoenix. We have a ton of talent in the AHL as well as guys in Juniors that will keep the cupboard stocked for some time. Guys like Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Turris, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Brett MacLean will be stars here some day.
That's it. Game time is just after 8 p.m. St. Louis time. Unless you hung out during the Olympics, you might be a little rusty at this. So get warmed up and break some shit. Now is no time to take these games lightly. This is your game day thread. Use it. Abuse it.