Aside from rooting on whoever is playing against Chicago (ew) and Detroit (yuck) during the playoffs, there are plenty of things St. Louis Blues fans can do with their non-Blues-TV-watching time. While many take to Twitter, read the varying opinions of the teams struggles and positive surprises via blogs, newspapers and the like, there is plenty of action going on in the playoffs to satiate any Blues fans hunger for action. Playoffs time is still hockey time; there is plenty of hockey to be had – several games on each night, each individual round of hockey leading up to the big contest for Lord Stanley and for us? A chance to watch those traded long ago (Pronger to Philly), those just recently traded (Brewer to the Lightning, Boyes to Buffalo, Winchester is a Duck) and those we saw only momentarily who were going through the system (Lars Eller, anyone? Seriously? With Montreal…for Jaroslav Halak. Last year). Let’s take a look at how they’re doing, shall we?
Perhaps the hottest ex-Blue in the playoffs at the moment is former defenseman, Eric Brewer. While seemingly on the decline with the Blues this season, Brewer calmly played essentially the same season as 2009-2010 – this year (in less games, mind you) only having 14 total points compared to 2009-2010’s 15 total points. Brewer had also been pretty quiet in his 20-odd games with Tampa Bay, that is until Friday night. In Friday’s Game 2 against Pittsburgh, Eric Brewer bolted out of the gates (no pun intended) firing on both cylinders. Game 2 saw Eric Brewer score the opening goal and adding to that, 2 assists which put him at a +2 by the end of the night. With his help Tampa Bay took Game 2 with a final score of 5-1.
Brad Boyes has stayed “even” at a 0 rating and hasn’t been as clear cut as Brewer with the Lightning, but has stayed active and useful, especially in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia when he set up 3 of Buffalo’s 4 goals and registered 1 shot on goal. Unfortunately for him, the Sabres lost 5-4 and the series is now tied up at 1 game a piece.
Youngster Lars Eller is making quite the impression during this playoff time with the Montreal Canadiens. Eller’s regular season stats were nothing to sneeze at, especially taking in to consideration the trade from St. Louis to Montreal as well as his (obvious) young age. Though he had 7 goals and 10 assists, Eller was a -4 on the season. Much like Eric Brewer for Tampa Bay, though, Eller made sure his impressions weren’t for naught and he added to his postseason stats with a beauty of an assist, 2 shots on goal and ended the game with a +1 rating. Lars Eller showed his flashes of brilliance and impressive physical play in the few fleeting moments he spent donning the Blue note and it’s exciting to see him taking the puck and skating with it in the playoffs. While I don’t fancy myself a Habs fan, I’m definitely a hockey fan and it’s awesome watching Eller develop and grow in to a great player.
Brad Winchester hasn’t seen much ice time in the playoffs but still gets more ice time than BizNasty.
And that’s your Blues News Playoffs Report for today.