Jaden Schwartz is back and in the lineup tonight after missing most of camp and the pre-season working on a new contract deal. The bridge deal has been built, Schwartz is getting his "you showed us now really show us" money, and now it's time for Schwartz to catch up to the rest of the team.
One guy that he may not be able to catch up to is his draft-mate Vladimir Tarasenko. So far this pre-season Tarasenko has four goals, and has been a force on the ice. Tuesday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes was the Tarasenko Show, and not being able to see games like that, pre-season or no, reinforces the fact that some sort of video feed for Blues' preseason games would be appreciated.
There's no playoff baseball tonight, so at least we'll be getting a KMOX feed starting at 7:00.
The Wild're playing well this pre-season, so far going 2-1-1. They dismantled the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Monday night thanks to a Jason Pominville natural hat trick that I'm sure he wishes would've been scored during the regular season. It's easy to fall back into the old "Wild are boring and can't score" mindset sometimes, but with Pominville, Zach Parsie, Thomas Vanek, and Ryan Suter, I don't think underestimating them is a good idea.
Here's tonight's line-up from STLBlues.com:
Forwards: David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Paul Bissonnette, Robby Fabbri, Maxim Lapierre, Jori Lehtera, T.J. Oshie, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko
Defense: Jay Bouwmeester, Ian Cole, Jordan Leopold, Petteri Lindbohm, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk
Goalies: Jake Allen, Brian Elliott
Is it just me, or is anyone else getting the feeling that Fabbri will be here to start the season?