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Game Notes: March 15 at Anaheim

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Coming off a huge win in Los Angeles on Monday, the Blues begin a tough back-to-back set in Anaheim tonight. In their last trip to Anaheim, the Blues clipped the Ducks 2-1 in overtime on the strength of two goals from Patrik Berglund. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak at Honda Center. Six days ago, the Blues made it two in a row vs. the Ducks as Joel Edmundson buried the game-winner with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Overall, the Blues are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Ducks. Tonight, they have a chance to equal their longest win streak of the season (six games) and to sweep the season series with the Ducks for the first time since 2000-01 (4-0-0).

What to Watch

Alexander Steen, who recorded a goal and an assist against the Kings on Monday, is sitting just one point shy of 400 for his Blues career. Steen's empty-netter on Monday gave him 161 goals as a Blue, tying Jorgen Pettersson for ninth in team history. On the defensive side, Alex Pietrangelo has shouldered the load since the trade of Kevin Shattenkirk. The Blues first-year captain has logged six assists and a plus-2 rating since the trade, while he ranks second overall in time on ice per game (27:22) in that span.

Milestones

David Perron - 2 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 6 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 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 - 1 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 - 5 shy of 200 career games
Magnus Paajarvi - 6 shy of 300 career games
Alex Pietrangelo - 9 shy of 300 career points

Quick Hits
  • The Blues are riding a five-game win streak - the third longest active streak in the League
  • St. Louis has allowed two or fewer even strength goals in 15 of 18 games under Mike Yeo, including one or less in nine of those games
  • Jake Allen ranks fourth overall in even-strength save percentage (.942) since Mike Yeo took over (min. 200 even strength shots faced)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has four goals and three assists over his last six games against the Ducks
  • The Blues blocked 23 shots against the Kings on Monday, improving their record to 7-1-0 when blocking at least 20 in a game this season
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 2003, Chris Osgood became the first goalie in Blues history to get a shutout in his debut with St. Louis, a 1-0 win over the Predators at Nashville. He became the Blues' fifth goalie to get a shutout in 2002-03, an NHL record

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