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Game Notes: Dec. 30 vs. Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues face the Predators for the fourth time this season tonight marking their final game of the 2016 calendar year. The Blues have lost two of three to the Preds thus far in 2016-17, including a 6-3 loss on Dec. 13 most recently. The series has been Blues dominated at Scottrade Center though, as St. Louis has won five straight and seven of the last eight in their barn. The Blues' advantage seems even more steep if you consider they have posted the fourth best home record overall thus far at 14-2-4, while Nashville owns the fifth worst road record at 5-9-2. The Predators will be hungry though, as they come in having lost three straight, including a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks last night in Music City.

What to Watch
What will Robby Fabbri do as an encore? The 20-year-old sophomore became just the second player in Blues history to record a hat trick before the age of 21, joining Hall of Famer Bernie Federko. Fabbri has seen more than marginal improvement thus far this season as his 0.66 points per game average is well ahead of his 0.51 mark from his rookie season. Also watch for Alexander Steen, who with an assist, could hit the 300 assist and 500 point plateaus simultaneously.
 
Milestones

David Perron - 6 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
Alexander Steen - 1 shy of 300 career assists / 1 shy of 500 career points
Vladimir Tarasenko - 2 shy of 100 career PIM / 5 shy of 300 career games
Paul Stastny - 7 shy of 200 career goals
Jori Lehtera - 2 shy of 100 career PIM
Kyle Brodziak - 7 shy of 400 career PIM
Jaden Schwartz - 4 shy of 100 career assists
Carl Gunnarsson - 10 shy of 100 career assists
Alex Pietrangelo - 6 shy of 500 career games
Joel Edmundson - 9 shy of 100 career PIM / 9 shy of 100 career games
Patrik Berglund - 8 shy of 200 career PIM / 9 shy of 600 career games

Quick Hits
  • At 45-23-10, the Blues have posted the 8th best regular season record in the 2016 calendar year
  • Joel Edmundson's 7 assists in December are tied for 15th among all defensemen
  • After their 6-3 win on Wednesday, the Blues now own the 8th best home goal differential at +15
  • Colton Parayko has 13 assists at home this season which shares 3rd among all defenseman
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1978, Harvey Bennett had four assists to lead the Blues to a 6-3 win over the Flyers in St. Louis

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