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Game Notes: Game 5 vs. Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues are facing elimination after dropping Games 3 and 4 in Nashville. Now facing a 3-1 deficit, the Blues will attempt to win Game 5-7 for the third time in franchise history. The last time they accomplished that was 1999, when Grant Fuhr made 35 saves and Pierre Turgeon scored at 17:59 of the first OT as the Blues beat the Coyotes in Phoenix. Overall this season, the Blues have won at least three consecutive games on seven different occasions. They have lost consecutive games for the first time since early March, but in that instance, the losing streak sparked a five-game win streak. St. Louis has won seven of their last nine home games against the Predators overall and Head Coach Mike Yeo has gone 2-3 in elimination games in his coaching career. In 2014, Yeo's Wild faced a 3-2 deficit heading into Game 6 in Colorado but were able to stave off elimination and then win Game 7 at home to advance to the second round.

What to Watch

Aggression. Look for the Blues to play a simple game and throw everything they can at Pekka Rinne and the Preds. The Blues have gone 23-9-2 when logging at least 30 shots on goal this season (reg + postseason). Aggression can also draw penalties and the Blues have gone 35-14-5 when earning at least three power-play chances in a game this season (reg + postseason, PP: 41 for 205 in those games). They have gone 4-0 in the postseason under that scenario.

Video: Top storylines for a must-win Game 5 vs. Nashville

Quick Hits
  • Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko share fifth among all defensemen with 23 shots on goal this postseason
  • Jake Allen is 3-2-0 with a .931 save-percentage in his last five home starts
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has five goals and nine points overall in his last 10 home games
  • The Blues have gone 10-1-0 under Mike Yeo when they score at least three goals at home
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1993, Jeff Brown's goal at 23:03 of overtime, after Curtis Joseph made 57 saves, led the Blues to a 2-1 playoff win over the Leafs at Toronto. The win tied their Norris Division Final series at 1-1.

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