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Game Notes: Feb. 6 at Philadelphia

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Tonight marks the beginning of a critical week for the Blues as they face four Eastern Conference opponents on the road. St. Louis has improved their road play of late, winning three of their last five and two of those in shutout fashion. The Blues and Flyers will conclude their season series tonight at Wells Fargo Center, where the Blues have dropped three straight. In the first matchup of the year, the Blues beat the Flyers 6-3 on the strength of a hat trick from Robby Fabbri. Fabbri, unfortunately, will not be able to build on that performance tonight as the Blues announced yesterday that he will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL injury to his left knee.  

What to Watch

How will the Blues fill Fabbri's skates? Dmitrij Jaskin could jump back in the lineup or the Blues could turn to either Kenny Agostino or Magnus Paajarvi, who the team recalled yesterday. Agostino is an intriguing option. A free agent signee this past off season, the Yale alum leads the AHL overall with 60 points through 48 games this season. Also watch for Vladimir Tarasenko to continue to dominate the East. He's logged 26 points in intra-conference play this season which is nine more than any other Blues

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
  • The Blues have gone 4-for-8 on the power play over their last three games against the Flyers
  • Colton Parayko joins Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Burns and Justin Faulk as the only defensemen with at least 125 shots and 25 takeaways
  • Alexander Steen has 17 points in 17 games since Christmas, after logging 17 points in 29 games prior to the holiday
  • Jake Allen (75) is one win shy of passing Rick Wamsley for eighth on the all-time franchise list among goaltenders
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 2000, Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 was officially retired permanently by the NHL in a pre-game ceremony before the 2000 All-Star Game in Toronto

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