NY Islanders: early season dominance fading away

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All good things come to an end.

It’s a little dramatic but I’m purposely exaggerating what’s been going on with the Islanders since the second period of last Saturday’s home matinee against the St. Louis Blues. By the end of the first period, the Islanders were up 3-0 and it appeared their November dominance was not going to be halted in December. I mean, the Blues are one of the best teams in a western conference that looks unbeatable right now. But that’s exactly it-

the Islanders became complacent and the final 40 minutes was all Blues, all the time in a 6-4 loss.

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NHL Central Division Week in Review

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As the Columbus Blue Jackets are positioning themselves in 242 days for either top amateur prospects Nail Kabulov or Filip Forsberg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and as I primarily cover the Blue Jackets, I am left with little to write about in a positive manner.

Therefore, as part of a continuing series, here is a summary of the NHL Central Division for the first two weeks of the season (in order of the current Central Division standings):

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St. Louis Blues 2011 NHL Draft Picks

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2011 St. Louis Blues NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the St. Louis Blues drafted, after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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St. Louis Blues Need to Realize Money is Power

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Let me begin by quoting a great American, Gordon Gekko.  “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”.  At some point, the Blues must adhere to these words of wisdom and take the advice of this Wall Street felon.  Note to Blues ownership, get greedy and obsess about winning  a Stanley Cup.

But first, let’s dive into some of the real issues the Bluenote are experiencing.  Anybody with half a hockey brain is fully aware of the injuries which have plagued the team so far this season.  They have been without three of their top forwards for much of the campaign.  So until they see the shining faces of T.J Oshie (broken ankle, expected back near the All-Star break), David Perron (concussion, no timetable set for his return) and Andy McDonald (see David Perron), this squad will continue to struggle lighting the lamp.

The power play is a bigger joke than the United States Government.  Try to digest some of these numbers.  The team ranks 26th in the league at a 14.9% success rate.  Only Edmonton, New Jersey, Columbus and Florida are weaker.  To put into better perspective, Vancouver leads the league at 25%.  For those of you who did not finish grade school, that’s 10%  better than the Blues.

Here’s some more disturbing facts.

By Dave Frederick

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Why the St. Louis Blues Don’t Need to Make a Major Trade

Everybody who claims to be a hockey expert is expecting and demanding the bewildered Blues management group to make a trade, and make it happen soon.  One would think this would be an obvious way to go.  With the team missing their three top forwards in T.J. Oshie (broken ankle), David Perron and Andy McDonald (concussions), there is no question the Blues are hurting for offense.  But the Blues were hurting for offense with them in the lineup.  That my friends is the whole point of this upcoming brilliant article.

By Dave Frederick

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St. Louis Blues are Missing Shots and Missing them Badly

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Are you, my beautiful, loyal, faithful audience growing tired of reading my articles blaming the St. Louis Blues management?  If so, then definitely continue reading.

I am going to place new blame on what is happening with the injury-riddled Bluenote.  Ready?  Here you go.  It’s their vision.  Yes, that’s right.  Eyes.  You know, those two balls (not those, you morons) that God (or Mike Keenan) gave us to see incredible sights with such as Girls Gone Wild Part 12.  Allow me to explain, please.

Have you not noticed how many times the Blues shoot the biscuit wide?  Way wide?  I’m not talking about 40- foot shots either.  Shots from the slot, shots from the dots, shots with nobody in front of them to screen their vision!  Please tell me you have seen this ugly trend.  This disturbing, repetitive behavior finally caused me to do some research.  Or at least it forced me to tell my intern to do the work for me.  What, you really think I’m going to waste my time looking up numbers to educate you future felons?  Trust me, there are numerous advantages to having 19-year old interns.  Female interns.

By Dave Fredericks

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