Darren Pang believes the system the St. Louis Blues use could help them as they begin playing without forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who will miss at least five months because of surgery on his left shoulder.
Pang, a former NHL goalie who is an analyst for Blues broadcasts on Fox Sports Midwest, joined Dan Rosen and Shawn Roarke on this week's episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast to discuss the impact losing their leading scorer for each of the past five seasons will have on last season's Stanley Cup champions.
"In those tough mucking and grinding games where you need that one shot, that one quick release, he's a difference maker, so automatically I thought where are they going to find the goals from?" Pang said. "Guys will come in and step in, especially in the short term, and make up for his loss, but you don't replace a player like that in the long term if you're expecting the kind of play that he gives. So, automatically it's a bit of a shock to the system, but the Blues play an ultimate team game and I know there is going to be some opportunity for some other guys."
Pang also shared opinions on the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks.
Rosen and Roarke were also joined by another former NHL goalie, Mike McKenna, who is in his first season as an in-studio analyst for Vegas Golden Knights games on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
The conversation with McKenna featured his thoughts on his new career in television, the Golden Knights and their goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the two-goalie systems in the NHL and why more and more teams are applying it and the benefits of the American Hockey League.
Rosen, NHL.com senior writer, and Roarke, NHL.com senior director of editorial, also gave their thoughts and at times debated about a myriad of other topics.
Those included the injuries to Tarasenko and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, the red-hot Boston Bruins top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, the issues facing the Sharks, the learning curve for New York Rangers rookie forward Kaapo Kakko, Sidney Crosby vs. Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin's comments on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ryan Getzlaf approaching 1,000 games.
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