Darren Pang said to broadcast partner John Kelly after Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round between the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks that he expected a big change for Game 3.
Pang, the Blues’ analyst and former NHL goalie, was right.
Jake Allen replaced Jordan Binnington as Blues starter for Game 3 and it’s worked out well for St. Louis. Allen has made 61 saves on 64 shots in the past two games and the Blues have evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 going into Game 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-MW).
Pang discussed the change from Allen to Binnington and other Blues topics on a new episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast, co-hosted by Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke.
In addition to Allen, Pang went over the impact of Blues center Ryan O’Reilly and his linemates, forwards David Perron and Jaden Schwartz, the loss of forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who is out the rest of the series after returning to St. Louis to get his surgically repaired left shoulder evaluated, and why the Blues have been able to turn the series around after a slow start.
Pang also talked about his memories and experiences with the late Dale Hawerchuk, the Hockey Hall of Famer who died of cancer at the age of 57.
Brendan Burke also joined Rosen and Roarke on the podcast.
Burke, the lead broadcaster for New York Islanders games on MSG Network, has also been doing national broadcasts for NBC. He has called games for 17 of the 24 teams that were part of the NHL Return to Play Plan.
Burke talked about his dual role on MSG and NBC and the challenges of calling games off a monitor in a studio while working with an analyst who is in the arena. He also discussed the Islanders and why they have a 3-1 lead against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round and offered some thoughts on the team he’s most intrigued with in the Western Conference.
At the top of the podcast, Rosen and Roarke paid tribute Hawerchuk.
The co-hosts also dissected Tuukka Rask‘s decision to leave Toronto to be with his family and why the Boston Bruins are still able to move on and be a dangerous team without their No. 1 goalie.
Goalie Carter Hart‘s impact on the Philadelphia Flyers, Allen’s impact on the Blues and the Vegas Golden Knights advancing after eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks were also topics covered on the podcast.
The podcast is free, and listeners can subscribe on all podcast platforms. It is also available on NHL.com/multimedia/podcasts and the NHL app.
Listen: New episode of NHL @TheRink