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Hurricanes at Blues, airing at 7pm CST on FSMW.
Ok. Look. We all know how the Blues have been playing. We know just how frustrating it was to stay up way past our bedtimes to watch them absolutely blow it against the Kings.
We’re also aware that apparently the hockey gods just didn’t want us to see much live hockey this month, so we have to savor that sweet, sweet* Scottrade Center air (*Sweetness unconfirmed).
So tonight we look forward to taking on the Hurricanes, who have been playing really well lately. Everything I’ve read gives quite a bit of credit to goalie Cam Ward. Let’s recall just how much I love goalies. I don’t quite have the effort to link to all the Tim Thomas posts individually, but there are a lot of them.
Last year I was impressed with Ward, even though Carolina missed the playoffs by a measly two points. His performance this year has already been more impressive. Kid’s good, man. Kid’s real good.
Goalie love aside, the Blues just absolutely have to be better than they have been. Special teams have to improve, Elliott has to stop shots, our blue liners have to get in the way of Carolina’s forwards, our forwards need to crash the crease and get many, many shots on goal, and for goodness sake, they need to play the full sixty.
The thing that I’m most interested to see tonight, though, is the duel between the Stewart brothers. All the Twitter chirping has left me endlessly amused. It also refreshes my memory of just how intense competition is between siblings.
Let me tell you a tiny non-hockey story. Every year for homecoming in high school, the junior and senior girls competed in a Powder Puff Flag Football game. In my senior year, my sister was a junior, so we were going head-to-head. During one play, I was running the ball down the field and out of NOWHERE my sister tackled me. Layed me out. I’m imagining this will be the same type of competitive spirit the Stewart brothers will find themselves in the midst of.
Sibling rivalry is alive and well, I promise you.
All of that said, I would love to see the Blues take this one (obviously). We all need this: team, coaches, and fan base alike. Get it done, boys.
LET’S GO BLUES!!
Curious about the Hurricanes’ perspective? Head over to Eye on the Storm.