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PHT Morning Skate: It’s been Backes or bust in St. Louis lately

Oct 31, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

Alexander Steen, David Backes, T.J. Oshie AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

David Backes has averaged over 24 minutes per game over the past three games. Those are normal numbers for a top-pair defenseman, not so much for a forward. Are they relying on him and his line a bit too much? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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The Red Wings are loving what they’re getting from Danny DeKeyser. (Detroit Free Press)

Not to make this an all-Blues update morning but, apparently they’re choosing to be respectful over youthful goal celebrations in St. Louis. Hey, remember when players had fun? (Post-Dispatch)

Give it up to Richard Bachman for providing the Edmonton Oilers with some competent goaltending of late. (Edmonton Sun)

Oh yeah, it’s been the worst start to the season for the Oilers in almost 20 years and the fans want answers. (Edmonton Journal)

The Nashville Predators are really hoping their rookie goalies, Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg, can hold up for them over their upcoming road trip. Gulp. (The Tennessean)

  1. polegojim - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Danny has been great for the Wings… and Ericsson having some down time has helped them explore and discover a few more possibilities.

    They’ve relied too much on E, who is capable of good play… but also some brain dead mistakes and bad decisions.

    Time to groom a couple world class D-men.

    • polegojim - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      PS – Quincy and Smith at -7 reveals where the D issues begin! Soft Soft Soft

      Keep DeKeyser rolling and get Ouellet into NHL action more frequently. O played 17 quality mins against a VERY tough SJ team and did well.

  2. comeonnowguys - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Didn’t take long for the St. Louis media to switch gears from Baseball The Right Way to Hockey The Right Way.


    • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      what’s your point? they were in the world series dude. you think they aren’t gonna cover it? or would you rather them take a week off before covering another sport?

      • comeonnowguys - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Of course not. It’s the tone of coverage. It’s the tone.

        but, apparently they’re choosing to be respectful over youthful goal celebrations in St. Louis.

        Seriously, the article’s second paragraph looks like they scratched out Cardinals from a scrapped “Cardinals win Game 6” article and inserted Blues.

        In this age of end-zone dances, home-run bows and slam-dunk poses, it’s a hard to imagine, hard to fathom professional athletes would opt for substance over spectacle.
        But the Blues are doing just that.

        I just had hoped for a week or two get the food down that kept trying to come back up every time I read one of those articles. But we also have articles on how the Red Sox winning the World Series makes the events of April all better now, so I already gave up on that before I saw this.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        ohh so you’re just against giving teams credit for not showboating? I struggle to keep my food down when I see front flips into end zones, you struggle when you don’t see them?

      • comeonnowguys - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Great point. Good thing St. Louis has never had any beloved sports stars anyone doing flips on the field. That would make their The Right Way narrative even more obnoxious.

        And there’s a wide gap between celebrating and doing what Golden Tate did Thursday. It’s not either/or.

  3. jhaegs - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    It’s the LOCAL MEDIA. Of course they’re going to brag on every little thing the team does. You act like it’s the fans, coaches, and players saying they’re doing things the right way. I guarantee it’s just a new rule Hitch instilled in order for the players to stay focused and not let up on the pressure. Blues have had a knack for giving up a quick goal after they score. I live in STL and take local sports media with a grain of salt. Chill out…

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