RECORDS: Hawks 23-11-5 Blues 19-13-5
PUCK DROP: Noon, or so they say
TV: W-ENN-BEE-SEE! W-ENN-BEE-SEE! Waste not want not, Robyn.
EVEN BUSCH STADIUM WON’T LET THEM IN: St. Louis Gametime
ADJUSTED TEAM CORSI %: Hawks – 49.7 (16th) Blues – 51.5 (11th)
ADJUSTED TEAM xGF%: Hawks – 46.9 (26th) Blues – 50.5 (15th)
POWER PLAY %: Hawks – 19.0 (15th) Blues – 21.6 (8th)
PENALTY KILL %: Hawks – 75.0 (28th) Blues – 86.0 (4th)
For the most part, I’m positive on outdoor games. While most of us Inside Baseball have soured on them, citing the disappearance of the novelty, the lack of interesting, first-time venues, the continued use of the same teams, and whatever else, the NHL season is long and monotonous. Whatever can break it up, whatever can spike the meter here and there, is welcome. While it isn’t by the books that some teams will play a game with different conditions than all the rest, one out of 82 shouldn’t really queer things to a noticeable point.
And yet this one is shaping up to be a giant mess. Then again, that’s kind of perfect for St. Louis, isn’t it?