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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues
Your team’s identity? THIS GUY. Embrace it.
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports


  • DAL 3 STL 4 (OT) [SLGT]
  • TBL 4 STL 5 [SLGT]
  • WPG 3 STL 2 (OT) [SLGT]


  • Could there be a Blues AHL affiliate in Kansas City playing at the Sprint Center next year? It’s possible, but there’s a lot of denials at the moment. [SLGT]
  • Mr. Buffa was busy this week . . . writing pieces about how good Jake Allen has been this season [SLGT] . . . how bad Jori Lehtera has been this season [SLGT] . . . and a better David Perron, which we’re witnessing with his re-entrance to St. Louis. [SLGT]
  • 2017 NHL All-Star Game voting started on Thursday. Let’s vote Ryan Reaves in! [SLGT]
  • Some thoughts From The Cheap Seats with JMBlues83 [SLGT FanPosts; SLGT FanPosts] . . . and some Sunday Funday from him as well. [SLGT]
  • Episode #140 of Beyond Checkerdome looked at the week that was from when the Blues were winning shit-tons of games. Which they still are, but whatever. [SLGT]
  • The Blues have a franchise value exceeding $300MM. Dave Checketts wants in on this shit. [SLGT]


  • Despite the fact that most of their offense runs through Vladimir Tarasenko, the coach says the team is still searching for an identity. I HAVE IDENTIFIED YOUR IDENTITY, KIND SIR. [In the Slot / Lou Korac]
  • Jori Lehtera was made a healthy scratch Saturday. Surely, the coach will say his scratch was the reason why they lost and will put him back on Tarasenko’s line Tuesday. Guhhhh. [StL Today]
  • Former Blues forward Terry Yake believes the Winter Classic will be like a Super Bowl. Uh, sure. [CBS St. Louis]
  • As you probably know, Vladimir Tarasenko netted a hat trick Thursday night. So what happens with all those hats, anyway? [Blues / NHL]


  • The Predators had a shit start to the season, but they’ve gotten better. [Puck Daddy]
  • As noted last week, the Panthers fired Gerard Gallant over last weekend . . . but then he hailed a cab to the airport, which made the whole thing dumber. [Deadspin]
  • Apparently the United States Army is not a big fan of the Vegas Golden Knights being named . . . well, the Vegas Golden Knights. But they’re not sure they can do anything about it. [The Sporting News]
  • “Would the Canadiens ever consider trading Max Pacioretty?” Well, they fucking traded P.K. Subban, so . . . YES. [Sportsnet]
  • The Flames season has been garbage (no help from our old friend Brian Elliott on that regard thus far) . . . but at least their most exciting forward is returning soon. Johnny Gaudreau says he’s ready, ahead of schedule. [TSN]
  • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had an emergency appendectomy over the weekend and will be out two to three weeks. [USA Today]
  • So because of this (and a scramble made more complicated by salary cap rules), their backup yesterday in Philly was a lifelong Flyers fan named Eric Semborski. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made 58 (58!) saves in a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. [theScore]
  • Our old friend, Avalanche(s) defenseman Erik Johnson, will be out six to eight weeks after fracturing his leg. Eh. At least he didn’t fuck it up on the golf course this time. [NBC / Pro Hockey Talk]
  • JM alluded to Canadiens forward and eternal jackwagon Andrew Shaw acting like a ginormous fuckstain this week. Well, here are the GIFs. (At least he didn’t repeatedly call the official a f****t this time, I suppose.) [SB Nation]


  • John Schuerholz, sure. Hall of Famer. Bud Selig? Fuck outta here, Eras Committee. [Deadspin]
  • Ahhhhhh, the Rams . . . different city, same shitty taste. [SB Nation]
  • Meanwhile, in Canada, the Ottawa Redblacks pulled off a huge upset over the Calgary Stampeders, 39-33 in overtime, to win the 104th Grey Cup. [CBC]
  • Eight British expressions, explained. [Mental Floss]


  • In the mood for a strong IPA? Sam Adams has one . . . their Rebel Rouser Double IPA. 8.4% ABV, 85 IBU. Damn tasty, too. [Untappd]


We’ve been watching a lot of old Archer lately. Reminded me of this:

“Benoit.” “Balls.”


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