Mike Poepping | @pep30

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.

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Recent Articles by Mike

Shattenkirk was acquired by the Blues in February 2011 (bridgetds/Flickr)

Part 2 of 3: The Fan’s Guide to the Blues’ Impressive Depth Chart- Defense

The St. Louis Blues have quickly made a name for themselves this year, being considered among the top NHL teams before the season even started, then stalling out of the […]

by · November 25, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Part 1 of 3: The Fan’s Guide to the Blues’ Impressive Depth Chart- Forwards

The St. Louis Blues have quickly made a name for themselves this year, being considered among the top NHL teams before the season even started, then stalling out of the […]

by · November 19, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Oct 2, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jaden Schwartz (17) passes the puck during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Scottrade Center. The St. Louis Blues defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-1. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: Blues Penalty Kill, Better than it Seems

Pep Talk is a semi-regular series where current Blues playing trends are discussed in a constructive way. Find more musings about your St. Louis Blues by following Mike Poepping on Twitter: […]

by · November 18, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Brian Elliott Veteran's Day Mask Final Design, Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrong Grafx

Brian Elliott’s Veteran’s Day Mask Steals the Show

The St. Louis Blues and Brian Elliott had a lot to play for on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. They were able to dispose of […]

by · November 12, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Reasons the Blues Win Streak Is Not All It Seems

The St. Louis Blues are undoubtedly one of the major players in the NHL so far this season, and their current (and NHL’s longest) win streak is further proof. The […]

by · November 5, 2014 · 3 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Oct 19, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) reaches for the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy (6) during the second period at Honda Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: Perseverance is Key to Blues’ Depth

Pep Talk is a semi-regular series where current Blues playing trends are discussed in a constructive way. Find more musings about your St. Louis Blues by following Mike Poepping on Twitter: […]

by · October 30, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Oct 19, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) reaches for the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy (6) during the second period at Honda Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: Blues Shot Selection and Spatial Awareness

Pep Talk is a semi-regular series where current Blues playing trends are discussed in a constructive way. Find more musings about your St. Louis Blues by following Mike Poepping on Twitter: […]

by · October 22, 2014 · 1 comment · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Lindstrom spent the past four seasons playing in Sweden

Joakim Lindstrom May Be the Blues Key to a Truly Successful Year

Though it’s far too early to see the lasting effects Joakim Lindstrom will have on the St. Louis Blues, he could very well be the key to a deep playoff […]

by · October 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Player Profiles, St Louis Blues
Vladimir Tarasenko scored 21 goals last season (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Things Fans Learned from the Blues Preseason

The St. Louis Blues and their fans alike are anxiously awaiting opening night of the 2014-15 NHL season, and the excitement is truly rising around the city. Thursday night cannot […]

Robby Fabbri (Terry Wilson /OHL Images)

Robby Fabbri Closes in on Roster Spot

The St. Louis Blues are quickly closing in on their final roster for the 2014-15 NHL season, but the coaching staff’s toughest decisions still lie ahead. One of the biggest […]

by · October 1, 2014 · 5 comments · Prospects, St Louis Blues
Center Ice American Golden Ale is the flagship beer for the Center Ice Brewing Company.

New St. Louis Area Craft Brewing Company Set to Exceed Hockey Fans’ Dreams in 2015

There’s going to be plenty of buzz surrounding the St. Louis Blues this season, with the recent re-signing of Jaden Schwartz, all of the new talent coming in droves, and […]

Paajarvi has been used in all scoring situations in St. Louis (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues’ Training Camp Unveils a (Healthy) Problem

The St. Louis Blues opened their 2014-15 training camp last Thursday with off-ice conditioning and fitness testing. Over the past week they have trimmed their roster from 52 players to […]

by · September 24, 2014 · 2 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues