BLUES (20-11-4) at BRUINS (19-9-4) - 6 p.m. CT
Brodcast Information: FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120 AM
The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins split two games last season, with each team winning on home ice. On Feb. 20, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Alexander Steen had three assists, helping the Blues to a 5-1 victory at Scottrade Center. On Nov. 18, 2014, Tuukka Rask helped the Bruins to a 2-0 win at TD Garden with 33 saves.
Overall, the Blues have won three of their last four games against the Bruins. The Bruins have been hot of late, going 11-1-3 since Nov. 17. In their last 10 games at TD Garden, Boston is 7-2-1.
With Kyle Brodziak out with a skate cut, the Blues recalled forward Jordan Caron from the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. Caron will make his debut with the Blues tonight against the Bruins. A first round draft pick (25th overall) of the Bruins in 2009, Caron has played 153 career regular season games since 2010, scoring 12 goals and 16 assists. "We really like his strength on the puck,” Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday. “He had a slow start, but he's played great down [in Chicago] lately.” Interestingly enough, Caron’s first career goal game against Blues Assistant GM Martin Brodeur, while two of his four fights have come against defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Petteri Lindbohm.
Vladimir Tarasenko’s five-game goal streak came to an end in Monday’s loss to Philadelphia, but he did register an assist to extend his point streak to six games (five goals, five assists). In the past two seasons, the Blues have been dominant against Eastern Conference teams, going 44-15-5 (.727 win-percentage). The Blues will be looking for their first win against an Eastern Conference opponent tonight since Nov. 28, when the club beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blues have power-play goals in the last six games in which they’ve had opportunities, going 7-for-13 (53.8 percent). As a result, the power play is at 21.4 percent, which is sixth best in the NHL.
Kevin Shattenkirk has points in 16 of his last 19 games and has a career-best six-game point streak on the road (three goals, four assists).
Paul Stastny has points in four straight road games (two goals, four assists). He ranks third overall in the League, scoring 1.22 points per road game this season.
Alexander Steen’s only career hat trick was scored at TD Garden on Jan. 4, 2007 while with the Toronto Maple Leafs.