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zachws6 01-05-2012 11:15 AM

#40 Blues host Oilers
 
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...GZNB_gSBHPYZ3t VS. http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...VXVIV0DsvEvjRy

Both teams Playing game 40 tonight in St. Louis, MO.

Blues sit at 5th in the west with 49 points. 22-12-5

Oilers at 13th with 35 points. 16-20-3

RNH is out with a shoulder injury.

Steen apparently still having concussion symptoms.

This is meeting 2 of 4 against Edmonton. The Oilers took the first match 4-2 back on October 30th on their home ice.

BigB 01-05-2012 11:30 AM

Hoping this to be a sure thing in the bag.

Mike Liut 01-05-2012 11:35 AM

Blues played one of their worst games of the year the last meeting. This is a winnable game. Need this one.

SirPaste 01-05-2012 12:20 PM

Bummer RNH is out, was hoping to see him play in person tonight. This is a game that we should win but as Liut said last time we played awful, we need to build from the win on Tuesday and come out with a bang. Go Blues!

Dustin Peener 01-05-2012 12:55 PM

Is Elliot starting today?

Mike Liut 01-05-2012 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 99 Problems (Post 41949231)
Is Elliot starting today?


Halak is in net.

2 Minute Minor 01-05-2012 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigB (Post 41944973)
Hoping this to be a sure thing in the bag.

Not sure why you'd say that. Edmonton is inconsistent, but they're a very talented team that can win on any given night. The Blues have to take them seriously, but should win at home (especially with how well the Blues played last game).

The Note 01-05-2012 01:58 PM

Their speed is a killer but if we can grind them down physically and play like they did Tuesday the Blues will be alright

BlueDream 01-05-2012 02:20 PM

They are without probably their best player, and we are a dominant team at home. Halak looks to be in the zone so frankly there's no reason we should lose this game. No disrespect to the Oilers, as they are a young and fast team who can be dangerous, but we are just simply better and need to get these 2 points.

2 Minute Minor 01-05-2012 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueDream (Post 41953765)
They are without probably their best player, and we are a dominant team at home. Halak looks to be in the zone so frankly there's no reason we should lose this game. No disrespect to the Oilers, as they are a young and fast team who can be dangerous, but we are just simply better and need to get these 2 points.

I agree. The biggest weakness I see when I watch them, is that they can be overwhelmed with size and strength. I don't think they respond that well to a physical game, so the Blues ought to fare well against them. (However, they won last game and seemed to have good results vs the Blues last year too).

h22prelude93 01-05-2012 03:00 PM

Going to go with a 3-2 Blues Win baby!



Blues Goals: Perron, Stewy, Backes

Edmonton Goals: Eberle, Hall

BigB 01-05-2012 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2 Minute Minor (Post 41951493)
Not sure why you'd say that. Edmonton is inconsistent, but they're a very talented team that can win on any given night. The Blues have to take them seriously, but should win at home (especially with how well the Blues played last game).

We are home and they have a 7 game road trip. There away games have been lacking in the win department this yea (6-14-1).

Nugent-Hopkins who is second in points on their team is IR.

We started to play solid hockey again. Some of our players are seemingly producing a bit who haven't this season.

Our physicality should wear down their speed skates and pay in dividends by 2nd and 3d period.

I think there is a LOT in our favor going into tonight's game. And I think Elliott is in net which the team seems to respond better and willing to have more confidence that he will keep the puck out(my personal opinion).


Besides, I said I am hoping. ;)

2 Minute Minor 01-05-2012 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigB (Post 41956257)
We are home and they have a 7 game road trip. There away games have been lacking in the win department this yea (6-14-1).

Nugent-Hopkins who is second in points on their team is IR.

We started to play solid hockey again. Some of our players are seemingly producing a bit who haven't this season.

Our physicality should wear down their speed skates and pay in dividends by 2nd and 3d period.

I think there is a LOT in our favor going into tonight's game. And I think Elliott is in net which the team seems to respond better and willing to have more confidence that he will keep the puck out(my personal opinion).


Besides, I said I am hoping. ;)

I think its Halak, but all of that is true. I just don't think there are too many auto-win games in this league. Edmonton isn't one of them.

CarvinSigX 01-05-2012 03:51 PM

I say another big win and performance from Halak. Blues win 5-2.

Blanick 01-05-2012 05:26 PM

This is a game that scares me. People overlook the Oilers too much, lots of speed and creativity even with RNH out. We gotta be tight defensively or they could easily put 5-6 up on us.

Multimoodia 01-05-2012 05:38 PM

On a positive note, the Blues will be playing on better ice than they did in Edmonton which now has, by my reckoning, possibly the worst ice in the entire NHL.

On a negative note...Edmonton plays much better on good ice.



Perhaps not so much a positive note after all.

BigB 01-05-2012 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Multimoodia (Post 41964203)
On a positive note, the Blues will be playing on better ice than they did in Edmonton which now has, by my reckoning, possibly the worst ice in the entire NHL.

On a negative note...Edmonton plays much better on good ice.



Perhaps not so much a positive note after all.

I think everyone plays better on good ice....

CarvinSigX 01-05-2012 07:10 PM

Scratch my 5-2 prediction...We usually stink against large goalies.

ItsOnlytheRiver 01-05-2012 07:13 PM

I love me some Sobotka. Wish Arnott would have buried that.

BigB 01-05-2012 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarvinSigX (Post 41970529)
Scratch my 5-2 prediction...We usually stink against large goalies.

That's because we might actually need to shoot at a small target and not a whole net. :laugh:

CarvinSigX 01-05-2012 07:15 PM

Should have been a trip on that break away too.

EastonBlues22 01-05-2012 07:19 PM

It's brutal that the Blues kept trying to force that puck back to the point when the Oilers were gassed on their PK. Arnott, I'm looking at you in particular.

ItsOnlytheRiver 01-05-2012 07:20 PM

What an effort to keep Edmonton from clearing 4 or 5 times on the PP, but just no creativity at all and eventually an ill advised pass by our veteran leads to a 2 on 1 the other way. Just awful.

PietroOshieLo* 01-05-2012 07:20 PM

For the people wondering why the Blues are boring, that PP was the prime example

Blanick 01-05-2012 07:20 PM

that PP was ugly


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