Hockey teams must possess the puck to score and a good way to accomplish this is by winning face-offs. This is why the Blues need Paul Stastny back for the playoffs.
While this is obvious, Bernie puts numbers to this rationale on Thursday’s show and welcomes insider Jeremy Rutherford to talk hockey and whether we will see Vladimir Sobotka back in St. Louis this season.
Your host also welcomes ESPN baseball writer Jayson Stark to talk the general shape of the game and dedicates another segment to Lance Lynn’s 2017 high hopes. PowerMizzou.com’s Gabe DeArmond also joins to talk Tiger hoops.
7 a.m. Hour
Confidence level is high for Lynn after Tommy John
Lance Lynn can make a big difference in elevating this 2017 rotation. We can’t be precise on what to expect from the big fella this season, as most hurlers returning from TJ surgery have control issues.
We do know the guy’s a bulldog when healthy and he has yet to show signs of missed-season vulnerability. Lynn will be a free agent after the season and could be poised for a big year.
The Masters tee off today: Who to keep an eye on
Masters contenders are typically excellent and well known players before they win at Augusta. The last five winners have had a average 10.6 world ranking heading in.
Recent history says your ideal picks are big-hitting, highly-ranked players who have played in the United States. This makes Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and J.B. Holmes smart choices.
Interview w/ PowerMizzou.com publisher – Gabe DeArmond
DeArmond talks Mizzou recruiting and whether they could be headed for a top-3 class in Cuonzo Martin’s first year.
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8 a.m. Hour
The Matt Adams-left field experiment continued
Adams reshaped his physique and increased his mobility this offseason, earning the chance to try his hand at left field. It’s one of the least demanding positions and where teams often put their least mobile players.
Will this work out for Mike Matheny and the Cardinals? Defense was supposed to be paramount this season, but Adams has always been a solid first base defender. Will it carry over?
Interview w/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blues beat writer and 101ESPN insider – Jeremy Rutherford
JR speculates on whether we may see Vladimir Sobotka back in a Blues uniform this season.
How Hall of Fame voters see Tony Romo
Based on input from several Football Hall of Fame selectors, Romo doesn’t stand much chance at reaching Canton. It’s not looking like he’ll have to skip any CBS broadcasts during HOF week.
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9 a.m. Hour
ESPN.com senior baseball writer – Jayson Stark
Stark talks the state of baseball and why one of its biggest issues is a tendency to suppress players’ individualism.
Now’s your time to shine, Bernie listeners…Your host takes your questions via texts, tweets, voicemails and emails.
The Blues need Stastny for a playoff run
Paul Stastny’s absence hurts the Note worst off the draw as they’re 60-for-141 in face-offs since his injury. Stastny has won 53 percent of his offensive zone face-offs this season.
Minnesota, a very likely first-round opponent, is sixth in the NHL in face-offs won. The Blues’ strengths are defense and goaltending and they need all the offensive help they can get.
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