Ramblings: Blues, Capitals, Sharks Win; Drake Caggiula (May 8)

Ian Gooding

2016-05-08

Blues and Sharks gain advantage, Capitals survive, Drake Caggiula signs in Edmonton, plus more…

Linemates Paul Stastny, Troy Brouwer, and Robby Fabbri each scored a goal in the Blues’ 4-1 win over Dallas in Game 5. The playoffs have been a coming-out party for Fabbri, who has collected 10 points in 12 playoff games. This output shouldn’t be as much of a surprise as you’d think, as Fabbri scored 19 points in 25 games over February and March combined.

The Blues made one small yet effective roster move for Game 5, removing Ryan Reaves in favor of Dmitrij Jaskin. The young Russian forward scored a goal in the win.

Brian Elliott has simply been outstanding in the playoffs. As a Jake Allen keeper owner, I’m beginning to wonder where the value of the two goalies sits next season. My early take is that I think it’s going to be more of what we’ve become used to over the past few seasons in St. Lou. Allen won’t be rendered obsolete with this playoff run, yet Elliott has proven he is still very much in the picture.

The Stars’ goaltending was shaky yet again. Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 21 shots, so does Lindy Ruff return to Antti Niemi in Game 6? Unless unexpected major changes are made, you’ve got that goaltending tandem under contract for two more years, Stars’ fans. The two goalies have combined for a 3.09 goals-against average during the playoffs. Not surprisingly, that number is the worst among teams that made it to the second round.

In spite of the 4-1 loss, the Stars were better in shot attempts (65-45), shots on goal (28-22), and faceoffs (60 percent) (Dallas News). So the Stars have a great chance of bringing this series to seven games. But as I said before, if the Stars made it to the second round, they weren’t getting past either the Blues or Hawks. The Stars can score with any team, but the goaltending simply isn’t getting it done.

Here’s one more reason to like the Blues at this stage (and the Sharks, for that matter):

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For once in their second-round series with the Penguins, the Capitals were on the lucky end of the shots on goal number. Although they were out