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Game Notes: Jan. 14 at San Jose

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues will look to rebound tonight after starting the California swing with a 5-1 defeat in Los Angeles on Thursday. St. Louis is 1-0-0 vs. the Sharks this season after clipping them 3-2 back on Nov. 17 at Scottrade Center. The Blues, who fell to the Sharks in the 2016 Western Conference Final, have enjoyed a fair amount of success vs. the Sharks in the regular season recently. They have won two in a row and four of the last six overall. They have also collected back-to-back wins at SAP Center while earning points in six of their last seven regular season trips. The Blues will be looking to reverse a few different trends tonight, including one that has seen them allow five goals in consecutive games. That has only happened one other time this season and in that instance, the Blues responded by going 10-3-2 over their next 15 games.

What to Watch

Jaden Schwartz has feasted on the Sharks in his career. After a two-goal performance in their first meeting this season, Schwartz now has four career multi-point games and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 10 career regular season games overall vs. the Sharks. Patrik Berglund, who shares eighth overall in goals since Dec. 15, will tie Chris Pronger (598) for 11th on the Blues' all-time games played list tonight.

Milestones
  • David Perron - 6 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
  • Paul Stastny - 4 shy of 200 career goals
  • Kyle Brodziak - 5 shy of 400 career PIM
  • Jaden Schwartz - 2 shy of 100 career assists
  • Joel Edmundson - 3 shy of 100 career games
  • Patrik Berglund - 2 shy of 200 career PIM
Quick Hits
  • Alexander Steen and the Sharks' Joe Thornton are the only players in the NHL to have posted at least 10 power-play assists and no power play goals. Steen has collected a team-best seven points since Christmas.
  • Since 2014-15, Vladimir Tarasenko (112) and San Jose's Joe Pavelski (104) rank second and third, respectively, in total goals (reg. + postseason)
  • The Blues' power play has gone five for 16 (31.2%) over their last four games
  • Paul Stastny is riding a four-game assist streak vs. San Jose
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1996, Brett Hull scored his 800th career NHL point, with a first period assist in the Blues' 3-3 tie against the Rangers, in New York

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