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Game Notes: Feb. 4 vs. Pittsburgh

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues and Penguins will wrap up their regular season series tonight. The Blues shutout the Pens on the strength of 34 saves by Carter Hutton in the first installment on Jan. 24. St. Louis has collected wins in seven of their last 10 overall against the Pens, including a 5-2 win the last time Pittsburgh came to town (Jan. 18, 2016). The Blues celebrated Mike Yeo's first game behind the bench with a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday, making Yeo the 14th Blues coach to win in his debut. St. Louis will look to continue a scoring trend that has seen them log at least three goals in six consecutive home games. Though they have dropped four of the last five at home when scoring three or more, overall, they have gone 15-5-0 under that scenario at Scottrade Center this season.

What to Watch

If they Blues continue to keep Crosby quiet, they'll have success. Crosby has recorded only two goals and six assists in 13 career games against the Blues, leading to a 4-6-3 team record in those games. Alexander Steen will look to stay hot at home as he's posted 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over his last eight outings, including five multi-point games. His two-point performance on Thursday vs. Toronto included his 157th goal as a Blue, which passed Brendan Shanahan for 10th on the all-time franchise list.

Milestones
  • David Perron - 5 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 - 9 shy of 100 career assists
  • Kevin Shattenkirk - 10 shy of 300 career PIM / 8 shy of 100 assists as a Blue
  • Jori Lehtera - 7 shy of 100 career points
Quick Hits
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (three goals, one assist) is riding a season-high tying three-game goal streak
  • Since Christmas, Alexander Steen has posted 17 points in 16 games compared to his 17 points in 29 games prior to the holiday
  • Since 2011-12, the Blues (255-131-41) and Penguins (260-127-38) rank third and first, respectively, in regular season win percentage.
  • Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo captured the 2009 Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Penguins
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1995, St. Louis signed free agent Glenn Anderson

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