BOSTON - The Blues begin a four-game road trip tonight in Boston, where they face off against the Bruins at 6 p.m. CT (FSMW, KMOX 1120).
Entering tonight’s game, the Blues are 4-1-1 on the road this season, with the only regulation loss coming Oct. 19 against the Ducks. The road trip will go through Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg after tonight.
But starting with Boston, the Blues face a Bruins squad that has won five consecutive games at home despite key injures to David Krecji and Zdeno Chara. Brad Marchand, who skated briefly today, will also be out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury.
The Blues have won six straight games in Boston dating back to January 2002, with each of the Blues’ last three wins coming in a shootout.
“We’re playing a mirror image of ourselves. They have all the qualities that we have, and they’ve had them for years,” Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said after the morning skate. “Just know that you’re not going to get any ice easy. You’re going to have earn every inch of your ice, and if you’re prepared to do that and have the right attitude, good things can happen.
“But if you’re looking for space, you’re playing in the wrong building.”
The Blues have won five consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents this season, while the Bruins are 0-2-0 against opponents from the Central Division.
300 FOR SHATTENKIRK
Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will play in his 300th NHL game tonight.
It’s fitting the milestone happens in Boston, where he played at Boston University from 2007-10 and claimed a national championship in 2009.
“Back where some of it all started,” Shattenkirk said. “It’s always fun to get back to Boston and kinda relive some of the memories we had here.”
The Blues defenseman said “quite a few” friends and family will attend the game tonight.
Nearly six years ago, the Blues were facing a two-goal deficit in the final minutes at TD Garden in Boston. David Perron scored with 1:20 left to bring the game to 4-3, and David Backes tied the game in the final second with a goal that would be reviewed.
After a long wait, the goal would count.
T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in a shootout, capping off a memorable 5-4 victory for a Blues team that would win 23 of its last 37 games to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Click here to read more about the comeback and see video of Backes breaking down his last-second goal.
Brian Elliott will start between the pipes today. He has won six of his last seven starts and ranks No. 2 in the League with a 1.87 goals-against average. Jake Allen leads the League with a 1.67 GAA.
The Blues have won five straight games against Eastern Conference opponents this season after dropping their season opener to the New York Rangers on Oct. 9.
Alexander Steen has points in four straight games against the Bruins (one goal, three assists).