The Blues are coming off a brilliant weekend in which they captured both the Alumni Game and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Blackhawks. Tonight they return to Scottrade Center, where they will play each of their next three games before heading to the road for six of their final nine games in January. The Hurricanes come to St. Louis sitting in the sixth spot in the Metropolitan Division at 16-14-7 (39 points). The Blues have won three of the last four installments of this series and three of Carolina's last four visits to St. Louis. The Blues and Hurricanes made some news yesterday as the 'Canes claimed former Blues forward Ty Rattie from waivers. Rattie, the Blues' second round pick in 2011, will wear No. 8 for the Hurricanes and could play tonight.
What to Watch
Will the momentum from an emotional weekend spill over? In order for the Blues to keep pace in the hunt for a 2017 postseason berth, they will need to find their way on the road. 25 of their final 44 games will come on the road, including 21 of the next 34. The good news is that the team is well aware of how to tackle this part of their schedule. Last season, the Blues played 23 road games from Jan. 1 till the end of the regular season and posted the second best road mark in the League during that span (15-5-3).
- Vladimir Tarasenko - 3 shy of 300 career games
- Jori Lehtera - 2 shy of 100 career PIM
- Kyle Brodziak - 5 shy of 400 career PIM
- Jaden Schwartz - 4 shy of 100 career assists
- Alex Pietrangelo - 4 shy of 500 career games
- Joel Edmundson - 7 shy of 100 career PIM
- Patrik Berglund - 6 shy of 200 career PIM
- The Winter Classic earned the highest regular-season TV rating for a Blues game since March 5, 1996 (Gretzky's first game)
- After logging the game-winner at Busch, Vladimir Tarasenko now shares seventh overall with four such goals this season
- Alexander Steen collected both his 300th career assist and 500th career point at the Winter Classic
- The Blues' power-play chances will be at a premium tonight as the 'Canes have been shorthanded just 91 times this season, 11 fewer than any other team
50th Anniversary Throwback Note
On this day in 1982, rookie Joe Mullen scored his first two NHL goals within a span of eight seconds, to set a St. Louis team record for fastest two goals by one player, as the Blues won 4-1 over the visiting Minnesota North Stars