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Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues try to get Hitchcock 600th win with Allen in net

COLUMBUS -- The St. Louis Blues are red-hot. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a fight for survival in the Western Conference playoff race.

The two Central Division rivals will meet for the final time of the season Friday night, also for the last time as divisional rivals, with the Blue Jackets departing for the Eastern Conference beginning with the 2013-14 season.

The Blues, winners of six in a row, will turn to Jake Allen in goal after Brian Elliott earned his third straight shutout in Thursday's 2-0 win at the Minnesota Wild. Elliott has a shutout streak of 189:29 he will carry into Sunday's NBC Game of the Week against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 2:32 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

McDonald returning to Blues' lineup

NASHVILLE -- The St. Louis Blues are adding. The Nashville Predators continue to subtract.

The game between the Central Division rivals Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena will see the Blues get back left wing Andy McDonald (flu) after the veteran missed the team's 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

"Andy's going to play," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That'll give us the 12 forwards that we designed for the last game, so same combination before he went down. We'll see how we look and see how it looks.

"If he doesn't have the energy, we'll just move [Chris] Porter into the left side during the game at some period of time."

Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 2:08 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blue Jackets, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The Columbis Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, coming off road victories Thursday, had optional skates Friday morning with limited participation.

One change likely for the Blue Jackets will be the addition of forward Blake Comeau. He was acquired from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, got his visa and working papers in order and will be available Friday.

Here are the projected lineups for when the teams face off Friday night at Scottrade Center:

Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:12 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bouwmeester took break, but ready to go with Blues

CHICAGO -- For someone who is used to being on the ice, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester actually didn't mind taking a short hiatus following his trade from the Calgary Flames on Monday.

"On one side you want to just kind of get there and meet the guys, get acclimated a little bit," Bouwmeester said after practicing with his new team Thursday morning. "For me, it was kind of good because I've got a young family. I've got a baby at home (a 3-month-old daughter), so it's good to kind of spend some time with her. They'll come and visit probably, but I probably won't see them too much."

Bouwmeester, who will make his Blues debut Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, will keep his ironman streak alive, which sits at 621 consecutive games played. He will be partnered alongside Alex Pietrangelo.

"No. 1, it was good just to get back on the ice," Bouwmeester, who has six goals and 15 points in 33 games this season, said. "... Everyone here has been real welcoming. It seems like a really good group. I'm pretty excited. ... We're playing a big rival [Thursday]. To jump right into it, should be fun."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:47 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues go for season sweep of Oilers

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will go for a season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers when the teams meet Tuesday at Scottrade Center.

It's the third meeting of the month between the teams, following Blues wins March 1 in St. Louis and March 23 in Edmonton.

Here are the probable lineups for both teams:

Posted On Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Rookie sensation Tarasenko back for Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Both the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues will welcome additions when they meet Saturday night at Scottrade Center.

The Blues (15-10-2), 4-1-0 in their past five games, will get a boost with the return of rookie Vladimir Tarasenko to the lineup.

Tarasenko has missed the previous 10 games dating to Feb. 21 with a concussion suffered against the Colorado Avalanche following a hit from Mark Olver. He has been activated from injured reserve, and T.J. Oshie (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

"Yeah, he's playing tonight ... he'll come off injured reserve and participate today," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Tarasenko.

Tarasenko had 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 17 games and was the NHL Rookie of the Month in January.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," Tarasenko said. "I'm really happy to be back.

"I need a couple of games, maybe one, to remember the speed, passing and timing. I think I will be OK."

Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 2:11 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blues looking to end Blackhawks' streak

ST. LOUIS -- Someone has tried unsuccessfully to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in regulation or overtime 19 times this season, including the St. Louis Blues. Now that they're again facing a Blackhawks team that is still cruising, the Blues are asking, "Why not us?"

The Blackhawks, who come to St. Louis for an 8 p.m. ET puck-drop Thursday, have gotten at least one point in 19 consecutive to start the season. They come to St. Louis with a 16-0-3 record, and the Blues (10-6-2) are aware that they're up against the League's best team.

"They're a really good team," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of the Blackhawks, who defeated the Blues 3-2 on Jan. 22 in Chicago. "Winning is a feeling. When you have the right feeling going, you win all the close games, you get the goal at the end, you win in overtime, you win in the shootout. It's a feeling, and they've got the feeling going right now. Somebody's going to have to break the feeling. Might as well be us."

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