Emotional pre-game ceremony and puck drop on Veterans Day to honor Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz. Cpl. Jared Schmitz was 1 of 13 soldiers who were killed in a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan this past August. All 13 service members were honored featuring their names on military-themed jerseys worn during warm-ups. The jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit H.E.R.O.E.S. Care and the Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz Memorial Fund.
It’s been a rough couple of games for Ryan O’Reilly after returning from covid protocol so it was important that he wins the ceremonial puck drop. Despite my bad jokes, the Blues were off to a hot start in the first period leading 2-0 after back to back goals from Jordan Kyrou.
Nice to hear Panger and JK back in the booth after Panger has been busy over on TNT. Jamie Rivers did an excellent job filling in last game for Pang and I look forward to the future of Rivers and Kelly. If Panger isn’t available Jamie Rivers will always be there to fill his “small” shoes.
While we are talking about St. Louis you can’t forget the Luke Kunin parts. The Chesterfield, Missouri product was drafted 15th overall in 2016 by the Minnesota Wild. Fast forward to October of 2020, Kunin was traded to the Preds for Nick Bonino. Kunin finished last night’s game with two points and scored his first goal against his hometown Blues while also being named first star.
It was a good night for Tarasenko to score as there were Russian Olympic scouts in the building. Not only did 91 score but he also ties Keith Tkachuk for 18th in games played for the Blues. 543 games played and every single one of them for STL. I wrote about the trade request and felt it was time for Tarasenko to move on but now it seems like he wants to stay in St. Louis. Either that or he knows if he doesn’t play well the chances of him getting traded become even less likely.
Following Tarasenko’s tying goal we were off to overtime. Is Matt Duchene still in the league? Scoring his second of the game to steal a point from the Blues and the Preds escape in OT. Good thing I don’t root for the mustard cats because this goal call is pretty horrendous. At least the Blues get a point.
For those of you not aware Jake Neighbours played nine games for the Blues before being sent back to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Sending Neighbours down to juniors means Dakota Joshua comes up from the AHL. This also means Neighbours won’t burn a year off the entry level contract. The move might surprise some people but is more related to a salary cap issue versus is he NHL ready? If there was anything we learned during the nine game stint is that Jake Neighbours is ready for the NHL but sending him back to juniors is only going to help grow his game.
Don’t be upset by this decision because we might see another prospect make his NHL debut soon. Lots of hype coming from the left handed defenseman Scott Perunovich.
Lastly, your Blues injury update: Brayden Schenn won’t be headed to LT-IR which is good for the Blues hopefully he will be back soon. Oskar Sundqvist will make his season debut very soon. Krug, Clifford, and Mikkola are still in covid protocol. Next game comes Saturday in Carolina.
P.S. Jordan Binnington has been absolutely lights out!