I know it's sometimes fashionable around these parts to rag on baseball or the Cardinals. That's fine. I went to game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday and there was a stretch I got kind of bored. Totally get it. But the World Series is thrilling. So if anyone is distracted by the baseball game tonight (which now starts at almost the exact time as the Blues game), well no one will begrudge that.
And for anyone googling "Cardinals World Series," Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, Tony La Russa and Matt Holliday. (I love SEO-related humor).
In the Useless Trivia Department, the Blues public relations staff reports that the Blues, Cardinals and Rams have never all played on the same day...before today. There's a new category for Blues Record When in the Game Time paper (you buy the paper, right?)
So Brian Elliott probably kept Jaroslav Halak up last night. Goalies usually stick together, especially on the road. Even money says they are roommates. And after Elliott got the win in San Jose Saturday with a Save of the Year-type save on Dan Boyle, I bet he was bouncing off the walls of the airplane, team bus and hotel room whatever time they checked in this morning.
Which brings me to the issue that the Blues could have some challenges tonight. It's not terribly far from San Jose to Anaheim, but it's not like they played the Kings last night. That's issue one. More importantly, it's not like they've had time to improve the penalty kill or the power play. The man advantage looked more dangerous last night, but it's not there yet.
Hearty welcome to the NHL for St. Louis native Pat Maroon. The former St. Louis Bandit was traded from Philadelphia in the offseason and was promoted to the big club from the AHL this weekend. When he was younger, he had the nickname Fat Pat. Now he's on the cusp of beginning an NHL career. There is hope for us all.
No. 1 goal for tonight: No concussions.
This is your game day thread. Comment like you have a head injury. Well, more than normal.