UPDATE: Ken Hitchcock said before the game that Brian Elliott would start and Ryan Reaves will be in the lineup. Hitchcock also said a few players were "dinged up" and would take warm-ups to determine whether they could play.
COLUMBUS - Less than 24 hours after securing a 3-2 win last night against the Winnipeg Jets, the Blues look for another victory tonight at Nationwide Arena in Columbus (6 p.m. CT, FSMW, KMOX).
The Blue Jackets are 6-12-0 this season, but that doesn’t mean the Blues are expecting tonight’s game to be easy by any means. Columbus swept the two-game season series with the Blues last season.
“We’ll take two points out of tonight, but we’ve got to rest up because we’ve got another big one tomorrow in a building we haven’t had a ton of success in,” Blues captain David Backes said after Monday’s game. “We’re going to need our best game.”
Backes might be able to give the club a boost towards finding its best game. Last night, after moving to the top line with Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, the captain netted two goals - including the game-winner - and added an assist for his 12th career three-point game.
“Going into the game, I was wondering what (our line) was going to look like,” Backes said. “Vladi has been here three years and I don’t think I’ve ever played a full game with him. I was the beneficiary (tonight).”
The Blues have won four of their last six games, as have the Blue Jackets, who hired Coach John Tortorella earlier this season. Columbus is coming off a 5-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
With an assist last night, Colton Parayko now ranks third in rookie scoring with 12 points (five goals, seven assists), trailing only Connor McDavid, Oscar Lindberg and Dylan Larkin).
Magnus Paajarvi has scored six goals and four assists in 10 career games against Columbus.
Tarasenko has scored in three consecutive games, and seven of his 11 goals this season have been scored on the road.
The Blues’ power play has converted in three consecutive games. The Blues have six power-play goals on their last 21 attempts (28.6%).
The Blues are 2-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.