E.J. Hradek makes a list of 10 observations about the NHL every Monday. This week, his entire list is about the St. Louis Blues, who are playing stunning hockey behind Alex Pietrangelo, Erik Johnson, Alex Steen and others.
The first big move of the 2010 offseason has happened: Jaroslav Halak is a member of the St. Louis Blues. So, what does E.J. Hradek think about it? There's only one thing we know for certain right now, and it doesn't involve any of the players.
Pacing your players is essential in the slog to the Stanley Cup. But down the stretch, it's time to go to the whip, just as the Flyers did Monday night by riding their top-four defensemen to a conference-finals-clinching victory over the Habs.
It's natural for the Washington fans and media to look for someone to blame after a devastating series defeat to the Montreal Canadiens. Is Bruce Boudreau's dismissal the best call at this stage? E.J. looks into the factors involved.
What should the Devils do in regard to free-agent super sniper Ilya Kovalchuk? Let him walk, says E.J. Hradek. Plus a look back at the Coyotes and Red Wings and a preview of Wednesday's Game 7 between the Caps and Canadiens.
E.J. Hradek lends his insights into the New Jersey Devils' coaching vacancy after the retirement of head coach Jacques Lemaire. Plus, his three stars for Monday night and a look at Tuesday night's Game 7 in Phoenix between the Coyotes and Red Wings.
E.J. Hradek was on hand to witness the Flyers' dominant Game 1 victory over the Canadiens. He gives his 10 keys to the win and a shout-out to Antti Niemi, the star in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.