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Game Notes: March 13 at Los Angeles

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Tonight marks the beginning of a critical three-game stretch for the Blues as they trek through California for games with Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose. With the Kings trailing the Blues by three points for the final Wild Card spot, tonight's matchup could be pivotal in the playoff picture. St. Louis is 1-1-0 vs. the Kings this season, beating them 1-0 back on Oct. 29 and dropping a 5-1 decision on Jan. 12. Overall, the Blues have won three of their last four against the Kings, but have lost seven of their last eight trips to Staples Center. However, looking back at the schedule, the Blues' last loss to the Kings seemed to be a wake-up call to the team. After losing at Staples on Jan. 12, the Blues went on to win three of their next four road games. Further, the Blues have won 10 of 15 on the road overall since Jan. 14, while posting the NHL's lowest road goals-against average (1.67) and highest road save percentage (.945) in the process.

What to Watch

David Perron could prove to be a big player in tonight's game. Perron was a nuisance to the Kings last season as he logged four goals and two assists in four games as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues may also get centers Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera, as well as defenseman Colton Parayko back in the lineup. Should Stastny appear, it will be his 200th game as a Blue.

Milestones

David Perron - 3 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 6 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 1 shy of 200 games as a Blue / 10 shy of 100 assists as a Blue / 8 shy of 600 career points
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 8 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 3 shy of 300 points as a Blue / 6 shy of 400 career PIM / 10 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 6 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 6 shy of 200 career games
Magnus Paajarvi - 7 shy of 300 career games

Quick Hits
  • The Blues are riding a four-game win streak - the fourth longest active streak in the League
  • St. Louis is averaging 3.25 goals-per-game during their win streak. They are 28-9-0 when scoring three or more in a game this season
  • Jake Allen is 2-2-0 with a 2.08 GAA and a .929 SV% (1 SO) in his career vs. the Kings
  • The Blues have allowed just one even strength goal over their last three road games
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1988, St. Louis' Bernie Federko scored his 10th career hat trick in the second period and added an assist, as the Blues lost 7-6 at Los Angeles

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