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Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 1:23 PM

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

Projected lineups for Sharks, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The probable lineups for a game Tuesday night between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center:

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Martin Havlat

Tommy Wingels - Michal Handzus - Tim Kennedy

Matt Pelech - Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish

Dan Boyle - Brad Stuart

Justin Braun - Andrew Murray

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratches: Scott Gomez, TJ Galiardi, Jason Demers.

Injuries: James Sheppard (lower-body).

Note: The Sharks hadn't announced it officially as of Tuesday morning but Desjardins (undisclosed) was expected to be removed from injured reserve and inserted into the lineup after missing four games.

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Jaden Schwartz - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell/Wade Redden - Roman Polak

Jake Allen

Jaroslav Halak

Scratches: Brian Elliott, Matt D'Agostini, Redden or Russell.

Injuries: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip) is out for the season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:40 PM

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

Blues to give goaltender Allen first NHL start

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings did it for goalie Petr Mrazek a week ago in St. Louis. Now the St. Louis Blues will turn around and give Jake Allen his first NHL start.

Allen, 22, will get the call when the Blues face the Red Wings on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Allen was recalled Tuesday from the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen for the second time in a week after Jaroslav Halak aggravated the groin strain that sidelined him for four-plus games during warm-ups prior to Monday's game vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

Allen, the 34th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, is 12-16-2, with a 2.94 goals-against average and .903 save percentage for the Rivermen this season.

"It's a great feeling," Allen said. "It's something you work for your whole life. You want to make the most of it. I know I'm definitely going to enjoy it. I'll remember it for a while.

"It's another game. I'm excited. ... It's hopefully another step in my career. It's more experience under my belt and I'm looking forward to the challenge tonight."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

Projected lineups for Blues, Red Wings

DETROIT -- Probable lineups for Wednesday night's Central Division battle between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings from Joe Louis Arena [7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN].

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Matt D'Agostini, Wade Redden

Injuries: Jaroslav Halak (groin strain), Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)

RED WINGS

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Joakim Andersson - Pavel Datsyuk - Daniel Cleary

Patrick Eaves - Justin Abdelkader - Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Jonathan Ericsson - Ian White

Kyle Quincey - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Kent Huskins, Jan Mursak

Injuries: Johan Franzen (hip flexor), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back), Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Brendan Smith (shoulder), Jonas Gustavsson (groin)

Note: Franzen was a late scratch from the Wings lineup and was replaced by Eaves, who has been out the previous four games.

"It's day-to-day and has progressively gotten worse,'' Detroit general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com regarding Franzen's status. "We're going to give him a day off and see how he feels tomorrow."

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Posted On Monday, 02.11.2013 / 1:32 PM

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

Projected lineups for Kings, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Probable lineups for Monday night's game between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center:

KINGS

Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford - Jeff Carter - Justin Williams

Dwight King - Mike Richards - Jordan Nolan

Dustin Penner - Trevor Lewis - Jarret Stoll

Keaton Ellerby - Drew Doughty

Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez - Davis Drewiske

Jonathan Bernier

Jonathan Quick

Scratches: Colin Fraser, Brad Richardson, Jake Muzzin

Injuries: Willie Mitchell (knee), Matt Greene (back)

Note: Kings coach Darryl Sutter would not comment on who the starting goalie will be or any other lineup changes, although Bernier was the only netminder on the ice for Monday's morning skate and Quick was working extensively with scratches late after regular skaters left. It comes on the heels of Quick giving up a goal to Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson with 4.5 seconds remaining of a 3-2 Red Wings victory Sunday afternoon, and the Kings are playing their first back-to-back set of the season.

"You are allowed to ask," Sutter said jokingly about his starting goaltender for the game. "... Injury [to Quick's] a non-issue. That's a long time ago. That's a player that got hurt last year playing this year. That's not a factor. The factor that we have now is performance. It's simple. We're giving up three goals a game and you'll win one in three, which is kind of what we're doing. We need better goaltending; it doesn't matter who our goalie is, to tell you the truth."

BLUES

Andy McDonald - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

David Perron - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Matt D'Agostini - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Wade Redden - Kevin Shattenkirk

Barret Jackman - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Kris Russell, Jaden Schwartz

Injuries: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)

Note: The Blues get Halak (groin strain) back tonight after he missed the previous three-plus games. He was injured in the first period of a 5-3 loss at Detroit on Dec. 1. Elliott was 0-3-1 in Halak's absence and his numbers have dipped to 3-4-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and .853 save percentage after leading the National Hockey League in both categories a season ago while tying with nine shutouts.

"The goalie gets the focus when things aren't going well," Hitchcock said. "Sometimes it's warranted and sometimes it's not. I think this is a combination. If you're talking about telling the truth, this is a combination where we needed Ells to play better, but we needed to play better in front of him."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 1:33 PM

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

Blues look for rebound against Ducks

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues' 6-1-0 start seems like a distant memory.

So in order for the Blues (6-4-0) to break a three-game losing streak Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks (7-2-1), coach Ken Hitchcock will try and spice things up by juggling his lineup.

"The twosomes [on defense] aren't changing, but just looking at trying to add," Hitchcock said. "I think we've gone pretty close to three games without scoring 5-on-5. Our power play's been terrific all year, but if you don't score 5-on-5, you're not gonna win a lot of hockey games."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 1:32 PM

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

Projected lineups for Red Wings, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- These are the probable lineups for the Central Division battle Thursday night between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center.

RED WINGS

Johan Franzen - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Valtteri Filppula - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi

Daniel Cleary - Justin Abdelkader - Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Kyle Quincey - Jonathan Ericsson

Jakub Kindl - Ian White

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Patrick Eaves, Kent Huskins

Injuries: Jan Mursak (shoulder), Darren Helm (back), Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Brendan Smith (shoulder), Joey MacDonald (back), Jonas Gustavsson (groin)

Note: Bertuzzi will play in his 1,100th career game tonight.

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Chris Stewart

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Wade Redden - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jake Allen

Scratches: Matt D'Agostini, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ian Cole

Injuries: Jaroslav Halak (groin strain)

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:17 PM

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

Erat 'good to go' as Predators end lengthy road trip

ST. LOUIS -- Coaches Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators and Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues were not 100 percent forthcoming with what lineups they will use Tuesday night at Scottrade Center in the third matchup of the season of the two squads.

The Predators, on the last leg of a seven-game trip, will get Martin Erat back in the lineup. Erat missed Saturday's 2-1 shootout win at the San Jose Sharks with a foot injury, suffered at practice Friday.

"I'm good to go," said Erat, who has four points in seven games. "It was too swollen to play [Saturday], but right now it feels good. I've got no worries about it."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 2:11 PM

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

Blues to honor Musial with warmup sweaters

ST. LOUIS -- There will be 20 No. 6 jerseys on the Scottrade Center ice Sunday night when the St. Louis Blues head out for pre-game warmups prior to facing the Minnesota Wild.

No, Wade Redden was not cloned. The Blues will honor the memory of Stan "The Man" Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals legend who passed away at the age of 92 last week.

Each player will wear the No. 6 and Musial on the back, with their regular jersey numbers on the right crest. The Blues will auction off the jerseys to benefit raise money for the Blues 14 Fund and Cardinals Care.

"I only watched him play baseball, but I know what Tony La Russa said," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Musial. "One of the reasons the Cardinals have such a strong following here is because guys like [Musial] led the charge and stayed in the city connecting with the fans, making sure that the fans were taken care of. I think the healthy respect that the Cardinals have is a lot because of him and a lot of other players. I think a lot of people followed his lead and I think the current players understand commitment to the community because of stuff Stan did. Tony felt very strongly about that, that that's the reason that the players make a connection to the community led by a guy like him."

Here are the probable lineups for the contest:

WILD

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Mikael Granlund - Devin Setoguchi

Matt Cullen - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck

Darroll Powe/Matt Kassian - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell

Ryan Suter - Tom Gilbert

Clayton Stoner - Justin Falk

Jonas Brodin - Marco Scandella

Niklas Backstrom

Josh Harding

Scratches: Nate Prosser and either Kassian or Powe.

Injuries: Jared Spurgeon (foot).

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol-Ryan Reaves/Jamie Langenbrunner

Wade Redden - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jaroslav Halak

Scratches: either Nichol or Reaves, Matt D'Agostini and Ian Cole.

Injured: None

Note: If Nichol is scratched, Sobotka will slide into the middle between Langenbrunner on the left and Reaves on the right.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 11:59 AM

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

Wild sending Dumba back to Red Deer

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Dumba's NHL experience was short-lived ... at least for this season. The seventh pick of the 2012 NHL Draft is headed back to his junior team.

Dumba, 18, was returned to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League for the remainder of the season so the Minnesota Wild could make room on the active roster to recall defenseman Marco Scandella, who will be in the lineup Sunday night against the St. Louis Blues [8 p.m. ET on NBCSN].

Dumba, who hasn't dressed in any of the Wild's four games, has been on the active roster since the start of the season.

"We really didn't even have any thoughts of keeping him here this long, but he earned it," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of Dumba. "Every day, he came to the rink and he proved himself a little bit more. We would have been very comfortable putting him in a game. He's an 18-year-old and that says an awful lot about him. You can see his skating ability, you can see his execution and I was very pleased with the way he was defending."

Yeo broke the news to Dumba on Sunday.

"He handled it very well," Yeo said of Dumba. "I think this is a real positive experience for him. He learned a lot. He was a sponge while he was here and took everything in and at the same time it was helpful in the fact that next year [when] he comes to camp, he's comfortable around the guys. He knows the guys respect him an awful lot. He's that much more familiar with how we operate."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 1:52 PM

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

Projected lineups for Predators, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The probable lineups for Thursday night's Central Division matchup between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center:

PREDATORS

Martin Erat - Mike Fisher - Sergei Kostitsyn

Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist

Brandon Yip - Nick Spaling - Gabriel Bourque

Matt Halischuk - Craig Smith - Brian McGrattan/Rich Clune

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Scott Hannan - Kevin Klein

Hal Gill - Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

Scratches: Either Clune or McGrattan, Jonathon Blum

Injuries: Paul Gaustad (upper body)

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alexander Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Wade Redden - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Jamie Langenbrunner, Matt D'Agostini, Ian Cole

Injuries: None

Defenseman Jeff Woywitka cleared waivers Thursday morning and was assigned to the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. Cole, assigned to Peoria on Wednesday to make room for Redden on the active roster, was recalled Thursday morning.

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