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Blues aim for sweep of Canada

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Blues aim for sweep of Canada
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames


BLUES (16-14-5) at FLAMES (20-11-4)

Last 10: St. Louis 6-4-0; Calgary 4-5-1.

Season Series: This is the third of four meetings between the teams. The Flames earned a 2-1 overtime win in St. Louis on Nov. 5 before the Blues reclaimed their home-ice advantage with a 4-3 victory on Dec. 15.

Big Story: St. Louis has enjoyed nothing but success thus far on its four-game road trip, earning victories in Vancouver and Edmonton in the first two contests. The Blues will finish their trip on Saturday at Minnesota.

Team Scope:

Blues: Andy Murray's club is coming off an awfully impressive performance as it steamrolled the Oilers in a 7-2 win at Rexall Place on Monday night. Andy McDonald had a pair of goals in the Blues' second victory in as many nights. They earned a 3-1 win at Vancouver on Sunday.

Special teams played a huge role for St. Louis, as it converted four times with the man advantage despite entering the game with the League's 29th-ranked power play.

"It was nice to get some goals there," said forward Alexander Steen, who had a goal and three assists. "We've been struggling but working extremely hard to get that going. It was nice to see a few pucks go in."

Flames: Calgary began its four-game homestand in winning fashion last Thursday when it pulled out a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings. But the Flames suffered a setback two nights later when they blew a 3-2 lead en route to a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

"It was a game that we definitely feel we should have gotten two points out of," said captain Jarome Iginla, whose two second-period goals ended an eight-game drought. "We've got ourselves in a bit of a rut where in third periods we're not closing it out and finding ways to get points out of it and wins."

Who's Hot: Blues goalie Ty Conklin boasts a 2.27 goals-against average and possesses the third-highest save percentage (.931) in the League. … After going 19 games without a goal, Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has tallies in back-to-back contests.

Injury Report: Blues defenseman Eric Brewer (back) is practicing, but it is unknown when he will return to action. Left wing D.J. King is out with a broken hand. … Flames defenseman Cory Sarich is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.

Stat Pack: David Perron leads St. Louis with 10 goals, but has only three tallies in his last 19 games. … Calgary scored once in two opportunities on the man advantage against the Preds on Saturday and has converted in four consecutive games.  

Puck Drop: "The last time we played them they had won four in a row and were determined to win their fifth in a row on the road. We ran into a hornet's nest and didn't really handle it very well. They deserved to beat us there. But here I felt our team was really ready to go. It was significant to beat them like this after that last game." -- Blues coach Andy Murray after Monday's 7-2 win at Edmonton
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 25 '10STL 2 at CGY 0P. Berglund
Dec 23 '09STL 2 at CGY 1 - SOB. Boyes
Dec 15 '09CGY 3 at STL 4T. Oshie
Nov 05 '09CGY 2 at STL 1 - OTD. Phaneuf
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Boyes3691524-8422
E. Johnson3641721-12621
D. Perron36101020-42222
A. McDonald3491120-5820
P. Kariya3681119-21621
K. Tkachuk3481119-32630
T. Oshie3271219+11011
D. Backes369918+14412
C. Colaiacovo273912-23610
J. McClement366511-6801
P. Berglund30549-3623
A. Steen22369-6820
B. Jackman25077+43100
R. Polak36246+42400
B. Crombeen36156-18400
D. Sydor29066+11500
B. Winchester30134+14110
M. Weaver35044+41200
E. Brewer13123-91100
A. Pietrangelo9112-9600
T. Strachan6022+3400
L. Eller5101+1410
Y. Stastny3101+1000
C. Janssen24000-37300
D. King1000+0500
J. Junland1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Mason2511-10-4627142.48.913
T. Conklin126-4-1263832.27.932
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Iginla36191837+13553
R. Bourque30101828+23720
O. Jokinen3671825+12721
D. Langkow36101222+41412
N. Dawes3610919+2832
D. Phaneuf368917+22842
C. Glencross337916+102900
M. Giordano3631114+43220
J. Bouwmeester3621214+72610
D. Moss316612+11232
D. Boyd355712+5602
R. Regehr3501111+12900
E. Nystrom36538+42501
C. Conroy34077+41700
A. Pardy29246+62900
F. Sjostrom34156+2600
B. Prust25134+65601
B. McGrattan23123+35000
A. Johnson16123+31200
S. Kronwall11123-1201
J. Lundmark6123+0201
C. Sarich17022+41600
J. Jaffray1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Kiprusoff3218-9-5699592.16.928
C. McElhinney52-2-0141373.17.898