Surging Devils receive rare visit from Blues
Wednesday, 02.08.2012 / 11:06 AMBLUES (31-14-7) at DEVILS (31-19-3)
TV: FS-MW (HD), MSG PLUS
St. Louis 6-2-2; New Jersey 7-2-1
This is the only meeting between these clubs in 2011-12. They last met on Nov. 20, 2010, when Brad Winchester snapped a 2-2 tie 5:15 into the third period to give the Blues a 3-2 victory in St. Louis. Jaroslav Halak
made 33 saves in the triumph.
Former New Jersey forwards Jamie Langenbrunner
and Jason Arnott
make their returns to Prudential Center in Newark as members of the Blues, who wrap up a three-game road trip. Arnott, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, has missed two games but is expected to rejoin the club in Newark. Langenbrunner, who served as Devils captain for three-plus seasons before being traded to the Dallas Stars on Jan. 7, 2011, signed a one-year contract with the Blues last July. He has 4 goals, 18 points and a plus-9 rating in 50 games while Arnott has 12 goals, 24 points and a plus-11 rating in 49 games.
Blues: Brian Elliott
made 28 saves and David Perron
scored a pair of goals as the Blues continued their winning ways via a 3-1 victory over the Senators on Tuesday, marking their first triumph in Ottawa since Jan. 26, 2000. The victory was extra sweet for Elliott, who was drafted by the Senators in the ninth round (No. 291) of the 2003 Entry Draft. He went 59-45-15 over parts of four seasons with the team before being traded to Colorado. Elliott signed with the Blues and currently sits first in the League with a 1.69 goals-against average.
New Jersey is riding a season-high five game winning streak after knocking off its cross-state rival the New York Rangers, 1-0, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. It marked the 11th time in the last 15 meetings between the clubs that the game was decided by two goals or less. Martin Brodeur
notched his first shutout of the season and the 117th of his career on 30 saves, including 15 in the third period when the Devils could only muster one shot on net. David Clarkson
scored his 21st goal of the season, a career high, off a feed from Zach Parise
to extend his point-scoring streak to five games. Clarkson has 5 goals and 8 points over that stretch.
Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo
has recorded points in 10 of his last 14 games, including 3 goals and 14 points. For the season, the No. 4 pick in 2008 has 8 goals, 25 points and a plus-16 rating.
The Blues will be without Andy McDonald
(concussion), Kent Huskins
(ankle), and Alex Steen
(concussion-like symptoms). Arnott is questionable. … For the Devils, Adam Larsson
(bruised lower back) has missed the last three games. Henrik Tallinder
(leg), Travis Zajac
(Achilles) and Ryan Carter
(hand) are out.
Halak has gone 12-2-3 in his last 17 starts, including a 1.56 GAA and .940 save percentage. … While Parise saw his four-game goal scoring streak come to an end on Tuesday against the Rangers, he did extend his point-scoring streak to six games (5 goals and 8 points).
The Blues are 10-0-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and are the only team to get at least one point in every game against the opposite conference. … The Devils recorded their 31st win of the season on Tuesday against the Rangers. The Devils didn't earn their 30th win last year until March 6 and finished with 34 total victories.