St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) tangles with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad in the second period during a game between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee,
LAS VEGAS — Defenseman Colton Parayko is good to go for Saturday night’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights after missing most of the third period against Colorado.
Coach Mike Yeo gave Parayko a clean bill of health and said he would be in the lineup. Parayko took a puck to his left hand with about 16 1/2 minutes to go against Colorado on Thursday and sat out the rest of the game. The Blues didn’t practice on Friday but on Saturday, Parayko took part in the morning skate and will be paired with longtime partner Joel Edmundson.
Yeo said he was fine with the wrong call being made in the Colorado game when a video review wiped out an Avalanche goal that the league admitted Friday should have counted because justice was ultimately served.
“It was offsides,” he said. “They called it back, I’m not going to get into the technicalities of it. I don’t know the fine print of it but I do know the intention of the rule is not to have goals go in the net when an offsides has taken place. There was a technicality there. As far as I’m concerned, it was the right call. There’s going to be times that things are missed, as good as the refs, and we had really good ones the other night, there are going to be times when calls are missed. The purpose of the challenge is to get things right, to not have the situation where an offsides leading up to a goal is the difference in a hockey game. The other thing I’d like to throw out is if their dasher was OK, we’re probably not even talking about it.”
That last sentence was a reference to the goal that made it 4-3 on a puck that goalie Carter Hutton went behind the net to play, only to have it take a weird hop off the boards and bounce straight back onto the ice and in front of the net, where the Avalanche scored into an open net before Hutton could get back.
Colorado was clearly offsides on the play, but because they tagged up and re-entered the zone legally, that last entry is the only one that should have been able to be reviewed under the league’s challenge protocol.
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