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Game Notes: March 3 at Winnipeg

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues will visit the Jets Friday for the first game of a three-game road trip. St. Louis is winless against Winnipeg this season, including a 5-3 loss on Jan. 31 in St. Louis most recently. The Blues have felt right at home at MTS Centre since the Jets were reborn, going 6-1-2 in their nine all-time visits. The power play has been strong in their recent trips to Manitoba, scoring on four of their last 13 chances over their last three trips. Following Friday's game, the Blues will visit the Colorado Avalanche before a date with the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild next Tuesday.

What to Watch

Ryan Reaves will experience a pretty cool milestone in his hometown tonight. He will dress in his 400th career game, becoming the 34th player to reach that plateau with the Blues. This will be Reaves' ninth career outing at MTS Centre. In his previous eight games there, he's logged a goal and an assist along with four penalty minutes. Fans will also want to keep an eye on recently acquired forward Zach Sanford and recently-recalled defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. Sanford could make his Blues debut and Schmaltz could make his NHL debut.

Milestones

David Perron - 4 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 8 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 5 shy of 200 games as a Blue
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 9 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 6 shy of 300 points as a Blue / 6 shy of 400 career PIM / 10 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jaden Schwartz - 5 shy of 200 career points / 2 shy of 300 career games
Jay Bouwmeester - 8 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 10 shy of 200 career games

Quick Hits
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has five goals and five assists over his last seven games against Winnipeg
  • Jake Allen is unbeaten in two career starts at MTS Centre (2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .924 SV%)
  • Patrik Berglund shared second overall with five goals on the road in February
  • The game marks a stretch that sees the Blues play 10 of 15 March games away from Scottrade Center
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1990, Brett Hull scored twice and added two assists, including his 100th point of the season, in a 5-4 St. Louis win over the visiting NY Islanders. It was Hull's first 100 point season, and made him part of the first father-son team to get 100 points.

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