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Blues look to build on big win at Busch Stadium

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - After an emotional 4-1 outdoor win against the Chicago Blackhawks in front of almost 47,000 fans, the Blues move back indoors tonight for a 7 p.m. game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Scottrade Center (FSMW, KMOX 1120 AM).

The Blues say a convincing win like Monday's can be one of those games that build momentum and keep you going for a long time.

"That's the hope. I think that's what we're banking on," said Blues forward Paul Stastny. "Because it was such a big four-point game for us, we want to take that and use that momentum."

"More than anything, we're happy about how we played as a team," said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. "We played a great team game and did a lot of the things that make us look good. Guys were really excited to enjoy that, but want to get back to work tonight and be able to hopefully get something going here. We've been fighting all year, but we really want to put together some win streaks."

Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock could see Monday's win going the opposite way, though, and he wants to ensure his club doesn't have a letdown coming off a historic victory.

"If you start thinking about it too much, you're going to be living in the past," Hitchcock said. "For us, it's business as usual. We played two of our last three games really well, and we want to build on that."

Video: Blues hope to build on Winter Classic win

The Hurricanes come to town having lost three of their last four games and currently sit sixth in the Metropolitan Division with 39 points (16-14-7). Jeff Skinner leads the team in points with 27 (13 goals, 14 assists), while Cam Ward has regained control between the pipes, posting a 2.28 goals-against average in 31 games played.

"This is a different opponent. A lot like Chicago to be honest with you," Hitchcock said. "They skate really well, they have great chemistry as far as the little plays they make down low. It will be a good challenge for us."

"Every game is fun, especially in our building," added goalie Jake Allen. "I don't think any game is ever going to top that (Winter Classic), but coming back here, we're excited we're at home and get to play a few more games at Scottrade before we hit the road. It should be a good test."

A FAMILIAR FACE

The Blues could find themselves facing forward Ty Rattie tonight. The former Blues forward was claimed off waivers Friday by the Carolina Hurricanes after spending parts of four seasons in St. Louis.

Rattie had played in just four games with the Blues this season and 30 overall in his career, scoring four goals and four assists. He was a second-round pick of the Blues (32nd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

"The guy's got to have a chance to play," Hitchcock said. "He's a good player, he's been a good soldier here, part of the organization for four years now. He's got to get a chance to play, and if he wasn't going to play here on a regular basis, then give him a chance to play somewhere else."

BLUE NOTES
  • Alexander Steen logged a goal and an assist in the Winter Classic, reaching 300 career assists and surpassing 500 career points.
  • Five of Patrik Berglund' last six goals have come over his last eight games.
  • The Blues split the season series with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, most recently taking a 5-2 win at PNC Arena on Feb. 28. The Blues have won three of their last four games against the Hurricanes, which includes two shootout wins.
  • The Hurricanes rank first overall in penalty-killing (89 percent), while the Blues are third (86.4 percent).
  • The Blues have won nine of their last 13 home games, going 9-2-2, and have earned points in 16 of their last 18 games at Scottrade Center (13-2-3).
  • Jake Allen is 12-2-2 with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .921 save-percentage at home this season.
  • The Blues will sell autographed 50th Anniversary pucks outside Section 114 for $40 each tonight. Proceeds will benefit Blues for Kids.

Video: Steen reflects on Winter Classic experience

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