Ramblings: Kyrou Shines at Winter Classic, Bellows, Tuch, Jeannot, Demko (Jan 2)

Ian Gooding

2022-01-02

With the exception of the irregular schedule of last season, January 1 on the NHL calendar means Winter Classic. This year's battle was in frozen Minnesota, where the temperature was about minus-22 Celsius (minus-8 Fahrenheit).

In front of the Minnesota faithful, Jordan Kyrou stole the show. The Blues forward scored two goals and two assists – all in the second period, where the Blues scored five of their six goals. Kyrou has been blazing hot since the holiday break, accruing seven points over his last two games. He's now over a point per game (32 points in 29 games).

With a power-play goal and an assist, Ivan Barbashev is on a four-game multipoint streak. In other words, two points in each of his last four games. Kyrou should be universally rostered in Yahoo leagues by now (but at 69%, he's not). Barbashev is already up to 61%, which could be explained by the fact that he offers a whole lot more than Kyrou in bangers categories such as penalty minutes and hits.

It was assumed that Cam Talbot received the mercy pull after two periods and six goals allowed. However, the main reason turned out to be a lower-body injury. Kaapo Kahkonen took over in the third period, stopping all four shots he faced. Kahkonen is worth an immediate speculative pickup and is worth starting should Talbot miss any time.

In spite of the loss, Kirill Kaprizov did his part for the hometown fans, scoring a goal while adding two assists.

The Wild brought out some appropriate winter attire for the occasion. But the Blues might have stolen the show with theirs.