Nick Kypreos, an 8-year NHL veteran & 1994 Stanley Cup champion, currently works as an analyst for Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada.
He joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Monday to discuss the Blues’ upcoming Game 6 tilt against the Dallas Stars.
Read excerpts and listen to the interview below:
What do you think we can expect from the Blues tonight in Game 6?
“I would hope we would see a team in St. Louis that will close this thing out. I don’t think they’re interested in jumping on a plane and extending this thing. I would hope we would see a killer instinct tonight. “
Do you think the Blues’ talent depth has given them an edge over the Stars?
“Without a doubt. And I think we saw that with Jaskin coming in and contributing in Game 5. Scottie Upshall is another one who’s helping on the fourth line. That’s what Dallas is missing, they don’t have guys on their fourth line really contributing. The Blues’ depth is really starting to show.”
Do you think the Stars can counter the Blues when they’re playing that hard-hitting style?
“I don’t think you can counter it, to be honest. You can appreciate the skilled guys Dallas have, like Klingberg. He’s a skilled guy, he can create some stuff. But he can’t play those heavy minutes. He’s not 215 pounds, he’s 185 pounds. Once you get those 6-foot-3 guys leaning on you, it wears you down. I think that’s been a factor as this series goes on.”
Do you think Tyler Seguin would’ve made a different for the Stars in this series if he was healthy?
“I don’t know that. I appreciate Tyler Sequin who’s a world class player…but he’s a rush guy. You wonder if St. Louis’ style of play would’ve gotten to him too. One guy, I’m not 100 percent sure this series would look much different that it does now.
Here’s the complete interview: