RALEIGH, NC - It’s been awhile, but the Blues are back on the road for the first time in 23 days for tonight’s 6 p.m. game against the Carolina Hurricanes (FSMW, KMOX 1120 AM).
The Blues collected points in every game of their season-long seven-game home stand (6-0-1), with the only lost point coming in an overtime loss to Detroit. Overall, the Blues have points in nine consecutive games, the longest streak this season.
That includes last night’s 5-4 shootout win against the division-leading Nashville Predators.
“We showed signs of being excited,” Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said about getting back on the ice after nine days off for the All-Star break. “The first period we played was terrific. And then I thought the third period…We looked like we missed eight or nine days. That showed up.”
The Blues and Hurricanes have traded wins over their last seven meetings, but the Blues came out on top in the last game on Jan. 10. Jake Allen, who relieved Brian Elliott, gave up just one goal on 20 shots and stopped all three Carolina attempts in the shootout, helping the Blues to a 5-4 shootout victory.
Allen will start tonight, making his first appearance since a 4-2 win on Jan. 13 vs. Edmonton.
Seventeen Blues dads watched last night’s win from a suite at Scottrade Center, and all 17 traveled on the team’s charter to Carolina.
The father’s trip, a longtime hockey tradition, will also include a visit to Washington D.C., where the Blues will meet the Capitals on Sunday.
INJURED BLUES / RATTIE RECALLED
Patrik Berglund left Thursday’s game in the second period with an upper-body injury. In the third period, Jori Lehtera left with an undisclosed injury, putting the Blues two men short for tonight’s game.
“Both guys won’t play tomorrow, and we’ll see from there,” Hitchcock said after the game.
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The Blues recalled forward Ty Rattie from the Chicago Wolves on Friday morning. Rattie ranks second on the Wolves with 28 points and is fifth overall in the AHL with 17 goals.
David Backes will dress in his 615th game tonight, which ties Bob Plager for sixth on the Blues’ all-time list.
With Elliott and Allen, the Blues are one of three teams that have two goaltenders with more than 10 wins each.
Hitchcock raved about the play of Ryan Reaves after Thursday’s game. Reaves scored his fourth goal of the season, giving the Blues a 4-3 second period lead against the Predators. “This is two or three games in a row now where Reavo has played outstanding,” Hitchcock said. “He deserves more ice time, and with the two injuries, he’s going to get it.”
Jay Bouwmeester has three goals and five assists in his last nine games against the Hurricanes. Bouwmeester also has a plus or even rating in 14 straight games against Carolina.