Mike Poepping

Mike has covered the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning in depth for The Hockey Writers since 2013. He is also a contributing writer for KSDK News Channel 5, the St. Louis area NBC affiliate, and a co-host of the St. Louis Blues Face-Off Show on KSDK.com. Follow him on Twitter @pep30.


Recent Articles by Mike

Dan & Margaret Hickling

Dissecting the Blues 2015 NHL Draft Options

The St. Louis Blues have come to a lull in picks heading into the 2015 NHL Draft this summer. A series of trades sent most of their picks to other teams, […]

by · May 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Prospects, St Louis Blues
The Blues have a long offseason ahead (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

The Blues Best & Worst Case Scenario for Next Season

The St. Louis Blues once again overshadowed an impressive regular season with another early playoff exit, which leaves everyone from the front office out wondering exactly what moves need to […]

(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Into the Crystal Ball: What the St. Louis Blues Could Look Like Next Season

The St. Louis Blues and their fans are undoubtedly pondering every situation over the past 3 seasons, wondering what went wrong. 3 straight 1st round postseason exits is not how […]

The Blues have a long offseason ahead (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Change Imminent as Blues Make (Yet) Another Early Playoff Exit

The St. Louis Blues just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to playoff hockey. Regardless of who they play or who’s on their roster they are either too injured, […]

(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Playoffs are a 7-Game Series for a Reason

There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding the St. Louis Blues most recent “implosion” in game 3 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, where the Wild took […]

Vladimir Tarasenko (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Blues Look to Repeat Playoffs Past Again this Season

The St. Louis Blues are looking to reach new heights this postseason on the wings of one of the deepest teams in their storied history, but can they finally overcome their past transgressions […]

by · April 20, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Steen scored just once in the postseason (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Win Central Division, But Still Need to Battle

The St. Louis Blues are your 2014-15 Central Division Champions, which brings a brief sigh of relief to the team and its fans. However, the celebration on Thursday night after […]

Vladimir Tarasenko scored 21 goals last season (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Staying Healthy is Paramount to Blues Starting Playoffs Right

The St. Louis Blues haven’t had the easiest road to end their 2014-15 NHL season, playing 8 out of their last 10 against teams in the playoff hunt. The last […]

by · April 7, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Shattenkirk has been a staple on the Blues' blue line (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Shattenkirk Still Deserves Norris Mention

Though the St. Louis Blues are still trying to find their playoff stride with 6 games left in the 2014-15 NHL season, the team has recently welcomed back All-Star defenseman […]

Shattenkirk has been a staple on the Blues' blue line (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: How Blues can Close Out Season for Deep Playoffs Run

The St. Louis Blues have put together another stellar regular season this year, and once again find themselves among the NHL’s leaders in points. However, this impressive run hasn’t always […]

Backes became a defensive stalwart under Hitchcock (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Blues Look to End Road Trip on a High Note

The Blues have been riding a crazy roller coaster throughout the US and Canada over their current 6-game road trip that wraps up Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.  This particular trip […]

by · March 24, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Last Piece of the Playoff Puzzle: Power Play Consistency

The St. Louis Blues seem to have all the right pieces falling into place at the exact right time this season, unlike at this point last year. Their goaltending has […]

by · March 19, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues