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Game Notes: Feb. 15 at Detroit

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues will make their final visit to Joe Louis Arena tonight. "The Joe" has housed several memorable moments in Blues history, including Brett Hull's 50th goal in his 49th game on Jan. 25, 1991, and David Backes' four-goal performance on April 3, 2009. After years of torment through the mid-2000s, the Blues have experienced relative success recently, going 12-11-3 since the 2006-07 season, including a 4-0-1 mark in their last five visits. Overall, St. Louis has won six of their last seven games against Eastern Conference competition while the Red Wings, who sit last in the East, are 9-9-1 in inter-conference play.
 

What to Watch

The Blues have a chance to make history tonight as they look to sweep a road trip of at least five games for the first time in franchise history. If their goaltenders continue their strong play, they have a great chance to do just that. Over the last month, Jake Allen and Carter Hutton have provided a .946 team save percentage that ranks second only to Edmonton (.953).

Milestones

David Perron - 4 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
Paul Stastny - 2 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Kevin Shattenkirk - 10 shy of 300 career PIM / 4 shy of 100 assists as a Blue
Jori Lehtera - 4 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 8 shy of 400 points as a Blue

Quick Hits
  • Alexander Steen will dress in his 544th game as a Blue tonight, passing Keith Tkachuk for 14th on the all-time franchise list
  • Patrik Berglund shared the league lead with five goals last week, including his first career hat trick in Montreal on Saturday
  • Blues recent recalls Kenny Agostino and Wade Megan rank first and fourth, respectively, in AHL scoring this season
  • Mike Yeo's 5-1-0 (10 pts in six games) start is tied for the best start by a Blues head coach in club history (Ken Hitchcock, Jacques Demers, Leo Boivin)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1977, St. Louis' Claude Larose scored his fifth (and final) career hat trick to lead the Blues to a 5-1 win against the Chicago Black Hawks.

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