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Sports Open Line: Blues-Sharks playoff series & Cardinals-Reds

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Following a long, exciting weekend of Blues playoff hockey against the Sharks plus the home opening weekend for the Cardinals taking a series from the Chicago Cubs, there’s plenty to breakdown. Both, including Brendan Shanahan and the NHL, are the focus when Kevin Wheeler kicks off this edition with Three Strikes.

From the ‘Shark Tank’, also known as the HP Pavilion, Chris Kerber joins Kevin to preview Game 3. ‘The Voice of the Blues’ also gives his opinion on the NHL’s lack of action after a very chaotic weekend for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though entertaining from a perspective, where are the disciplinary standards that were upheld during the regular season?

The Cardinals have already taken one series from the Cincinnati Reds winning two of three at Great American Ball Park last week. Visiting for the first of only two series at Busch Stadium in 2012, the Reds will look to slow down a Redbirds club that is off to a 7-3 start. Kevin Wheeler, who will be on the air for the Cardinals Charter Communications Pre-Game Show beginning at 6:15pm on KMOX, gives a sneak preview of the three-game set happening Tuesday through Thursday.

What do the Blues and Sharks think about the animosity happening in their series plus the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs? That was certainly a topic of discussion when the media had a chance to visit with the coaches and players on Monday morning.

Sports Illustrated hockey writer Stu Hackel wrote a piece on all the fighting that has taken place in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kevin talks about Hackel’s perspective not totally in agreement but certainly understands his fine points.

To further preview the Cardinals-Reds series, Kevin brings on the essential Cincinnati version of himself (as he sees it) in Lance McAlister. A Reds pre-game host on 700 WLW plus a daily host on ESPN 1530, he joins the broadcast to discuss the Central Division rival.

Less than a half hour before Game 3, Mark Purdy of the Mercury News/Bay Area News Group joins Kevin to give a San Jose perspective on what’s quickly turned into a very exciting series.

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