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Game Notes: April 4 vs. Winnipeg

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues face a Jets team that has had their number this season. Winnipeg has taken all four meetings thus far, including two games at Scottrade Center. The Blues' record in this year's series is quite an anomaly. Prior to 2016-17, the Blues had earned points in 14 of 15 games against the Jets since the franchise re-emerged in Manitoba. The good news is that the current-day Blues are a different animal. They have now earned points in nine consecutive games, including six straight at home (5-0-1). The Blues have been the NHL's best team since the beginning of March, going 12-2-2 over their last 16 games. In fact, it seems that it was the last matchup with Winnipeg, a 3-0 loss at MTS Centre on March 3, that was the catalyst for the their success. Since then, they have lost in regulation only once in 15 games (12-1-2).

What to Watch

Jake Allen is the show right now. Over his last 12 starts, he has gone 9-1-2 with a 1.32 goals-against average, a .955 save percentage and two shutouts. On Sunday, he posted 35 saves - his highest total at home this season - to become the first Blues goaltender since Chris Osgood (2003-04) to record 31 wins in a single season. Sunday's win also extended his point streak to seven games (5-0-2) which marks a new career long.

Milestones

Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 7 shy of 100 career assists
Alexander Steen - 2 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 4 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue / 9 shy of 100 points as a Blue / 9 shy of 400 career points
Magnus Paajarvi - 8 shy of 100 career points
Alex Pietrangelo - 2 shy of 300 career points
Nail Yakupov - 9 shy of 300 career games
Robert Bortuzzo - 9 shy of 100 games as a Blue
Scottie Upshall - 7 shy of 700 career games

Video: Top storylines for Blues vs. Winnipeg

Quick Hits
  • Alexander Steen logged his 162nd goal as a Blue on Sunday, surpassing Jorgen Pettersson as the highest scoring Swede in franchise history
  • Vladimir Tarasenko buried goal No. 37 on Sunday, reaching the 70-point plateau for the third straight season. The last Blue to accomplish that was Brett Hull (1995-98)
  • Joel Edmundson has recorded a plus or even rating in 11 straight games (plus-8)
  • Over their last six home games, the Blues have posted 41 takeaways compared to just 21 giveaways
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1976, St. Louis' Garry Unger became the first player in franchise history to score 200 goals as a member of the Blues. The milestone came in a 7-2 loss at Chicago

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