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Game Notes: Jan. 26 at Minnesota

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues have gone 2-1-0 vs. the Wild thus far this season, however, their lone loss in that set came on Dec. 11 at Xcel Energy Center. Overall, the Blues have won four of their last five games against the Wild but have struggled in St. Paul, dropping three of their last four trips. Coming off an impressive shutout against the potent Penguins, the Blues will have their hands full again on Thursday. The Wild are the Central Division leaders and have gone 11-3-0 in their last 14 home games. Following tonight's game, the Blues will enjoy the All-Star break before hosting the Jets, Maple Leafs and Penguins next week.

What to Watch

The Blues are experiencing a much needed reversal in their road play. They have gone 3-1-0 over their last four away from Scottrade Center, while scoring three goals per game and accumulating a plus-6 goal differential. Compare that to their previous 17 road outings in which they went 5-11-1 with a 2.53 goals per game average and a minus-21 differential. A lot of the credit has to go to Carter Hutton, who has starred in the team's recent road success, winning three consecutive road starts and posting a 0.33 goals-against average, a .988 save-percentage and two shutouts in the process.

Milestones
  • David Perron - 5 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
  • Paul Stastny - 2 shy of 200 career goals / 4 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 / 10 shy of 100 assists as a Blue
  • Jori Lehtera - 9 shy of 100 career points / 4 shy of 200 career games
Quick Hits
  • Patrik Berglund will dress in his 604th game as a Blue tonight, passing Larry Patey for 10th on the all-time franchise list
  • Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock is one win shy of tying Al Arbour (782) for third on the NHL's all-time regular season wins list
  • Carter Hutton has faced more than 30 shots in a game 27 times in his career and has a 17-1-9 record in those outings (.936 SV%, 2.19 GAA)
  • Kevin Shattenkirk has five points (2g, 3a) over his last four road games
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1995, Brett Hull scored twice in the third period as the Blues won 3-1 over the visiting Los Angeles Kings, in the first game ever for the Blues in their new arena, the Kiel Center.

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