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

Oshie and the Blues' PK unit has been a point of concern as of late (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues May not get Stadium Series, but Should get Winter Classic

The St. Louis Blues are currently in the middle of the longest NHL All-Star break out of any team (over 9 days), and while fans reflect on how well the […]

The Steen-Backes-Oshie line has been reunited (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Still Trying to Find Consistency, but Pile On Wins at Home

The St. Louis Blues are currently 7-1-1 in the month of January, with 5 of those wins and the OT loss coming during the current 7-game home stand the team […]

by · January 20, 2015 · 2 comments · St Louis Blues, The Press Box
Jaden Schwartz is the Blues’ Key Difference Maker This Season

Jaden Schwartz is the Blues’ Key Difference Maker This Season

The St. Louis Blues have had a lot of stars young and old(er) alike share the spotlight throughout the first half of the 2014-15 NHL season, but none seem to […]

by · January 15, 2015 · 1 comment · Player Profiles, St Louis Blues
Oshie and the Blues' PK unit has been a point of concern as of late (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

TJ Oshie & Blues Look Forward to 7-Game Home Stand

The NHL’s first star of the week, TJ Oshie, has been on quite the tear over his last 5 games, amassing 10 points (5G, 5A, plus-5) during that time, but it’s […]

Tony Twist and Warren Rychel engage in an on-ice battle in the 88-89 season.

The Top 5 Best Blues’ Enforcers of All Time

In light of a recent article I wrote regarding the Top 5 toughest Blues of all time where I focused on the well rounded players who made a difference with […]

by · December 31, 2014 · 2 comments · St Louis Blues, Videos
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The Top 5 Toughest St. Louis Blues Ever

As the St. Louis Blues find themselves in the middle of another mini-slump they hope to end on Tuesday in Colorado (if you can call it a slump at all, they’ve […]

Oshie and the Blues' PK unit has been a point of concern as of late (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: 5 Ways the Blues can Beat the LA Kings

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: […]

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

In Transition: Kevin Shattenkirk is Starting to Take Over St. Louis Blue Line

The St. Louis Blues are finding ways to win through adversity this season. Whether it be due to injuries or questionable passing and team defense, the Blues have shown how talented […]

by · December 9, 2014 · 1 comment · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Vladimir Tarasenko scored 21 goals last season (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: Composed Defense Leads to Balanced Scoring

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: […]

Martin Brodeur makes a save in Blues practice on Dec. 1, 2014 (TSN Photography)

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

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 […]

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