Chris Mason is looking more and more like the goalie whom couldn’t hold down the starting job in Nashville and was traded for a 4th round pick and less like one of the hottest goalies of the second half of the 09-10 season. His save % was 21st in the league at the beginning of the game. Giving up five goals on 15 shots didn’t help tonight. In most cases I would give the benefit of the doubt. For a 33 year old playing in a contract year, I’m all for looking somewhere else. The Stastny backhander was a questionably soft goal. The unscreened Yip shot from 12 feet out was flat out bad. Goalies are mentally fragile. Mason seems to be made of porcelain right now. I remember seeing him give up 7 goals at Savvis center while playing for Nashville in 2002. The crowd was chanting his name and I felt for the guy as a person. Watching the Blues crap their pants at Pepsi Center tonight, I had the same ho-hum feeling I had watching the 05-06 Blues play their way to 1st overall in the draft. If the Blues decide to negotiate an extension with Mason, I would highly advise JD to have tonight’s game playing on a TV in the background.
Brad Boyes is either horribly snake bitten or was a flash in the pan. He scored the majority of his goals in recent years on cross-ice one timers from the left slot. That play has been snuffed out nearly 100% of the time this season and his stats reflect that.
Jackman went down awkwardly tonight and left the ice in the 3rd period. He returned to the bench and I’m not sure if he took a shift after returning to the bench. I’ve been a die hard Jackman fan ever since he debuted in Detroit nearly 10 years ago and went toe to toe against Federov and Stevie Y in their primes. He has played through injuries and kept a straight face through all of it. He is a dying breed of hockey player in the NHL. In a pre-lockout NHL he would be a Norris candidate. He’s a real character guy who has had to modify his game and play with an edge in a league that has come down hard against defenseman infractions. Lets hope he’s okay.
As of today (Monday February 8, 2010) the Blues are actively shopping defenseman Carlo Coliaicovo. While on a Toronto radio show several years ago, coach Ron Wilson was asked why Carlo was not able to crack the Leafs line up and was constantly injured. Wilson stated that Carlo needed to focus on his conditioning and that the majority of his injuries stemmed from that. Looking at this season, the majority of his healthy scratches have been after he was “injured”. When you look at the fact that he hasn’t been able to beat out guys like Daryl Sydor and Mike Weaver, that’s an indicator that you’ve played your way out of the lineup (and the door). You can likely add UFA’s Paul Kariya and Mike Weaver to the list of soon to be ex-Blues.
Ryan Getzlaf went down awkwardly in a game against the LA Kings tonight and did not return. It was very similar to what happened to Mike Cammalleri’s in a collision with Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov that landed Cammalleri on the IR for 6-8 weeks. I’m not speculating or suggesting Getzlaf is out for any period of time, but I am open to debate who may take his spot in Vancouver in two weeks if he is not ready to go.
Jonas Hiller was hit in the collar bone area tonight on a Drew Doughty slapshot almost exactly how Anderson was hit on McDonald’s rising wrist shot. Goalie’s padding is thinner in this area in order to provide movement of the head and upper torso. Koho may want to rethink things before they have a PR nightmare.
Team USA Olympian Chris Drury has played his way down to the New York Rangers’ 4th line. With TJ Oshie showing great chemistry with St. Louis Blues line mate and Team USA forward David Backes, it’s expected that Oshie will replace any USA forward who goes down with an injury prior to the roster freeze on February 12. Team USA GM Brian Burke stated that leaving Oshie off of the roster was a hard decision, but that he would be the first call up if a Team USA forward were to get injured.
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Written by Patrick McLellan