Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Blues and Leafs over the next eight days. Last season, the Leafs won both games of this series by a score of 4-1. Overall, the Blues have gone 7-2-2 over their last 11 games against Toronto, including a 3-1-1 mark over their last five at Scottrade Center. Individually, Alexander Steen, a former first round pick of the Leafs, has relished these matchups. Steen has logged 11 points (three goals, eight assists) over his last six games against his former club.
What to Watch
Mike Yeo will begin his tenure as Blues boss tonight. Though he is only 43, Yeo has had a significant career to this point. Yeo spent 10 seasons in the Pittsburgh organization and captured the 2009 Stanley Cup as an assistant. Then he moved on to Minnesota, where he spent five seasons as head coach and led the Wild to three postseason berths, including consecutive trips to the second round in 2014 and 2015.
- David Perron - 5 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
- Paul Stastny - 2 shy of 200 career goals / 2 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
- Kyle Brodziak - 1 shy of 400 career PIM
- Carl Gunnarsson - 9 shy of 100 career assists
- Kevin Shattenkirk - 10 shy of 300 career PIM / 9 shy of 100 assists as a Blue
- Jori Lehtera - 8 shy of 100 career points / 1 shy of 200 career games
- Jori Lehtera will dress in his 200th career NHL game
- Alexander Steen scored his 156th goal as a Blue on Tuesday, tying Brendan Shanahan for 10th in franchise history
- Alex Pietrangelo buried a goal and two assists on Tuesday, marking his 5th career three-point game
- Vladimir Tarasenko is riding a three-game goal streak vs. the Leafs (three goals, one assist)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note
On this day in 1995, Mike Keenan won his 400th NHL game, a 5-4 Blues' OT win over the Winnipeg Jets. The win gave Keenan a record of 400-254-77in 731 games, the third fastest in NHL history (Scotty Bowman won 400 in 690 games, "Toe" Blake in 724 games.)