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Game Notes: Feb. 16 vs. Vancouver

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues return home for the first time in almost two weeks to face the Vancouver Canucks tonight. St. Louis is coming off yet another road shutout from Carter Hutton as they beat the Red Wings 2-0 last night in their final game at Joe Louis Arena. With that victory, the Blues have won a season-high five games in a row and swept a five-game road trip for the first time in franchise history. Tonight marks the second meeting between the Blues and the Canucks this season. Last time, the Canucks escaped with a 2-1 overtime victory at Rogers Arena. Overall, the Blues have points in four straight games against the Canucks (3-0-1), outscoring them 12-5 in that stretch. The Blues have prospered in quick turn-a-rounds this season, going 6-2-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets.

What to Watch

St. Louis seems to have found their road game, winning eight of their last 10 overall. But, can they replicate that in front of the Scottrade Center faithful? In the New Year, the Blues have struggled at home, going 3-6-0 after a 14-3-4 run through October, November and December. With the goaltending they have been getting from Jake Allen and Carter Hutton, accompanied by the contributions from the recent recalls from Chicago, they are positioned well to re-discover success at home. The Blues own the best save percentage (.960) and goals-against average (1.14) in the league this month and the group of Kenny Agostino, Ivan Barbashev, Wade Megan, and Magnus Paajarvi have accumulated six goals (three game-winners), three assists and a plus-8 rating in 23 combined games.

Milestones

David Perron - 4 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
Paul Stastny - 2 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Kyle Brodziak - 1 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 8 shy of 100 career assists
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 - 3 shy of 800 career games / 8 shy of 400 points as a Blue

Quick Hits
  • Mike Yeo's 6-1-0 record matches Leo Boivin (1976) for the best start by a head coach in franchise history
  • With his fourth road shutout last night, Carter Hutton has equaled the team record for the most in a single season (Jake Allen 2015-16, Ty Conklin 2009-10)
  • The Blues have scored first in five straight games, leading to a 5-0-0 record. Overall, they are 17-7-3 when scoring first this season
  • The Blues penalty kill has gone 19-for-19 under Yeo
  • Alexander Steen has scored a team-most 11 times in 25 career games against the Canucks
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1969, St. Louis goalie Glenn Hall recorded his eighth shutout of the season to lead the Blues to a 6-0 win over the Minnesota North Stars. Along with Jacques Plante's five shutouts, the 13 by the duo tied an NHL record

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