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Game Notes: March 16 at San Jose

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Tonight marks the final meeting between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks in the regular season. The Blues are 2-0-0 against San Jose this year after earning a 3-2 win on Nov. 17 at Scottrade Center and a 4-0 win on Jan. 14 at SAP Center. With a win, the Blues would sweep the season series for the first time since the 2011-12 season. The Blues have won three straight regular season games at SAP Center and have earned points in seven of their last eight trips. The Blues, who played last night in Anaheim, are 8-2-0 in the second game of back to backs.

What to Watch

Blues goalies have been awfully stingy recently at SAP Center. The Sharks haven't scored a goal against the Blues there in 161 minutes and 38 seconds, with the last one coming from Joe Pavelski on Jan. 3, 2015. Carter Hutton earned a 23-save shutout in the Blues' last trip to San Jose. He's stopped all 58 shots he's faced in his career at SAP Center and is 3-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .971 save-percentage and two shutouts in his career vs. San Jose. Hutton is projected to start tonight.

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
  • 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
Quick Hits
  • Each of the Blues' last two regular season wins at SAP Center have come via shutout.
  • The Blues' last regulation loss at SAP Center was Nov. 29, 2013.
  • Paul Stastny has a five-game assist streak against the Sharks.
  • Since Feb. 1, the Blues have allowed just 35 goals against, which is the fewest of any team in the NHL.
  • Alex Pietrangelo ranks third overall in ice time per game since Feb. 27 when Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Washington Capitals. He has posted six assists and a plus-1 rating in eight games since.
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1991, St. Louis Blues retired Bernie Federko's uniform No. 24 in a pre-game ceremony before the Blues lost 3-2 to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks

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