Latest Doug Armstrong News

Injuries derail Blues, contribute to 2nd-round playoff exit

May. 31, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

Brayden Schenn described how he came away with broken ribs: an unlucky stick in one of his skates the first time and an elbow and forearm into his back the second time. Along the way, he tore an oblique muscle. “It’s the reality of the sport,” Schenn said. “I’m not the only...

What it takes for NHL playoff contenders to win Stanley Cup

May. 02, 2022 02:27 AM EDT

The path to the Stanley Cup is rarely a straight line. Sometimes it’s the direction a puck takes when it banks off the post and in — or out. Four years ago, Artemi Panarin clanked a shot off the post late in regulation that could have put Columbus up three games to none in the...

Blues-Wild take rivalry to stacked-as-ever 1st-round series

May. 01, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues were two of the best teams in the NHL down the stretch of the regular season, with these long-running rivals locked in a relentless heavyweight fight for second place in the Central Division. After nudging ahead of...

Playoff hockey 'changes everything' from NHL regular season

Apr. 30, 2022 02:31 AM EDT

Jon Cooper doesn't get much sleep from September through June, even less when the NHL playoffs begin. After coaching the Tampa Bay Lightning to the league's best regular-season record in 2019, getting swept in the first round in stunning fashion and then winning the Stanley Cup back...

No longer battering ram Blues, St. Louis now relies on skill

Apr. 27, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

These are not the St. Louis Blues that marched to the Stanley Cup in 2019 by plowing through opponents and wearing them down. If the Blues are going to make another long run this spring, it will be predicated on speed, skill and scoring — a lot of scoring. After watching hockey...