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Sports Open Line: Eric Byrnes, Brian Elliott, Marshall Faulk & Mike DeCourcy

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Kevin Wheeler has a full edition of Sports Open Line between St. Louis Blues games as the top NHL club is coming off a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, and now travel up north to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night beginning at 7:15pm on KMOX.  Kevin starts Three Strikes with the record-setting Blues by giving a big shout-out to the historic play of goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.  Other topics Kevin touches on include the very lackluster opening game of the MLB regular season plus the Los Angeles Dodgers being sold for $2 billion.

Whether on the field or in the broadcast booth, former outfielder Eric Byrnes of MLB Network gives effort “like his hair’s on fire” according to the late Dave Niehaus, voice of the Seattle Mariners. Byrnes played his final season of an 11-year career in Seattle while also playing with the Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles.

St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott has arguably been the best new member of a team over the past year by setting a new single-season team record with his ninth shutout as well as a new personal best and Blues record for consecutive shutout minutes. Elliott also tied a Blues record for most consecutive shutout games with his third in a row on Tuesday night when he and the home team beat the Nashville Predators 3-0. The 2011-12 NHL All-Star goalie joins Kevin Wheeler.

KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman joins the broadcast from Jupiter, Florida where he continues to cover spring training. While they touch on the Blues, Kevin and Tom talk about the Cardinals being a week away from the their season opener at Miami on April 4. Today, the Redbirds fought back after a tough Adam Wainwright outing beating the Detroit Tigers 9-5.

NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk is in town to promote a charity golf tournament in June. Kevin Wheeler had a chance to catch up with the St. Louis Rams legend talking about his work on NFL Network, the Rams getting an overhaul plus his thoughts on bounties.

The Final Four should provide at least one good game if not two this Saturday from New Orleans.  While Ohio State and Kansas seem like a more even matchup, Louisville will have to play quite well to knock-off tournament favorite Kentucky.  Who will be the next head coach for the Illinois Fight Illini men’s basketball program? Unfortunately, no one is really stepping up to take the job. Kevin talks with Mike DeCourcy, college basketball writer for Sporting News and studio analyst for the Big Ten Network.

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