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FLACHAU, Austria - In the final slalom before her home world championship, Mikaela Shiffrin can become the first American skier to rack up three straight World Cup wins in the discipline.Shiffrin, from Vail, Colorado, has won the night race in Austria the past two years, and starts as a clear favourite again Tuesday after dominating the recent events in Kuehtai and Zagreb.The 19-year-old Olympic champion posted the fastest time in all four runs of those events to shrug off a two-month period of equipment troubles and poor results.She seems to be turning things around at the right time, while also dealing with personnel changes around her.Tuesdays race is Shiffrins second without her long-term coach Roland Pfeifer, who has been removed from the womens technical team.According to the Alpine director of the U.S. ski team, Patrick Riml, the coach had been focusing too much on his most successful athlete.We have more athletes on the technical team, and they also belong to the team, Riml said. Its important to have a good atmosphere in the team, that they all work together and with each other.For the past 3 1/2 years, Pfeifer had been instrumental to Shiffrins rise to the top.The 50-year-old Austrian, a former professional skier who specialized in slalom and giant slalom, led the team since 2011, the same year Shiffrin made her debut on the World Cup.Under Pfeifers guidance, Shiffrin won two crystal globes for the most successful slalom skier of the World Cup season, the world title, and Olympic gold.Roland has done a great job, Riml said. He will switch to the mens side. He is a top coach.Still, Riml said it was better for everyone involved to separate Pfeifer and Shiffrin, even if the timing has not been ideal, with the world championship slalom and GS less than four weeks away.Only if all the girls on the team are happy and the coaches are co-operating well, results will come, said Riml, who hasnt replaced Pfeifer but will be travelling himself with the womens team for the rest of the season.Riml said he will also try to intensify the co-operation between the technical and the speed team.That could help Shiffrin, who wants to start competing in super-Gs in the near future and, eventually, downhill races.And Shiffrin can still work with her own small group of people, most notably her mother Eileen.Eileen is part of the team, no doubt, Riml said. Eileen has been there since day one and she is still there. She is very important to Mikaela, she is a pillar to the whole system.Shiffrin also emphasized how important harmony in the team is to her.I learned a lot about the people around me, she said. And how my entire team handles the stress of not winning, or not reaching my potential, it puts stress on really everybody. Whether they say that or not, I know its there and I felt a lot of pressure in November. It got to me a little bit.After her two recent wins, Shiffrin is now eager to make it three in a row before defending her world slalom title on Feb. 14.I cant wait, she said. I love it that were going to have so much time to train, to prepare. And some time to rest and energize and then go out and hammer some training. By the time we race, anything can happen. That makes it very exciting for everybody. Nike Air Max Sale Online UK . Leverkusen said on Friday it signed Schmidt on a two-year contract. He guided Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian championship this season. 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A defensively-oriented and balanced team, the St. Louis Blues dont have mass fantasy appeal, but a little digging does present opportunities to find players that have fantasy appeal. Top Picks: There is such balance throughout the Blues lineup that there are few standouts, particularly for fantasy purposes. As such, their most valuable players, compared to others at the same position, are defencemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Pietrangelo is a Norris Trophy contender who plays 25 minutes per game, and his 118 points over the last three seasons ranks eighth among defencemen. Hes also just 23, so his upside does make Pietrangelo a viable No. 1 fantasy blueliner. Shattenkirk isnt quite at Pietrangelos level, but has 109 points over the last three years and plays about 21 minutes per game. Hes also scored 42 of his 109 career points on the power play, so hes a solid No. 2 defenceman in fantasy. Value Plays: At his best, C David Backes is fantasy gold, providing a rare combination of goals and penalty minutes. Since 2008-2009, hes one of three to score at least 100 goals with at least 500 penalty minutes. Hes also a hitter, with 863 hits recorded over the last four seasons. This sounds wonderful, but Backes also scored just six goals last season, with a career-low shooting percentage (6.0%), so he could have value on draft day. C Derek Roy hasnt been the same player since suffering a quad injury in 2010-2011. He was scoring at a point-per-game pace (35 points in 35 games) that season, but has 72 points in 122 games since. He should get a serious offensive opportunity for a Blues team that needs skill and could, effectively, use Roy to replace retired Andy McDonald. C Patrik Berglund is a talented player with good size who has been up-and-down throughout his five-year NHL career. His 58 goals over the last three seasons ranks 61st and scored at a career-best rate (0.35 gpg) last season, but he also scored on 23.0% of his shots last year, an impossible-to-sustain number, so regression is on its way, unless Berglund creates a lot more chances. Consistency has been the hallmark of LW Alexander Steens game in St. Louis. Since 2008-2009, hes averaged between 0.65 and 0.71 points per game, playing more than 19 minutes per game over the last three seasons. As a No. 3 left winger, what he lacks in upside, he makes up for with stability. RW T. J. Oshie is similarly consistent, between 0.63 and 0.699 points per game in each of his five NHL seasons, but one of his other calling cards is missing time with injuries, missing at least 18 games three times in five seasons, including last season.dddddddddddd Oshie has never scored 20 goals of 55 points in a season, but those numbers would be within his grasp if he stayed healthy. Sleepers/Breakthrough: The Blues leading scorer last year, RW Chris Stewart is still somewhat of a sleeper considering that last seasons 36 points in 48 games beat his point total (30) in 79 games the year before. Hes a high-percentage shooter, who needs more consistency to earn the trust of the coaching staff; hes played under 16 minutes per game in the last two seasons. After bursting onto the scene with 10 points in his first eight games last season, RW Vladimir Tarasenko faded quickly and missed time with a concussion. If hes healthy and in shape, Tarasenko has offensive skills that should not only translate to production, but earn him a bigger role with the Blues. Goaltending was supposed to be a strength of the Blues going into last season, considering they had the leagues best goals against average in 2011-2012, but Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak struggled and, with Halak getting hurt, Jake Allen even took the crease for a time. With a strong finish to the year, including a 1.28 goals against average and .948 save percentage in 13 April games, Elliott may have the edge going into this season, but if either one emerges as a starter, they will have value. Its just a matter of figuring out which one. In deep leagues, D Jay Bouwmeester could have appeal. He pretty much lost fantasy value in Calgary, but with a better Blues team, Bouwmeester could score enough, and maybe even have a half-decent plus-minus, so that hes useful in fantasy leagues. Rookies: The Blues have a lot of veterans up front and coach Ken Hitchcock isnt terribly forviging of the defensive mistakes that young players typically make, so the safe bet would be that none of the Blues rookies will put up big points, but wingers Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie do have scoring potential. Jaskin had 99 points in 51 QMJHL games last season, while Rattie fniished his WHL career with back-to-back seasons with more than 100 points. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '