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Game Notes: March 7 at Minnesota

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues face the Western Conference's best team in the Minnesota Wild tonight. The Blues have split the season series with the Wild thus far, winning the first two and losing the most recent two. Overall, the Blues have won four of their last six against the Wild, while killing 21 of 23 Wild power-play opportunities in that span. Jaden Schwartz has been the Blues' best player in this series this season, posting two goals and three points overall. Schwartz has scored more goals against the Wild (7) than any other team in his career. Tonight wraps up a three-game road trip for the Blues. Following the game, they will return to St. Louis, where they will host back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday against the Ducks and Islanders, respectively.

What to Watch

Can the Blues continue to stifle the opposing offense? Since the beginning of February, the Blues have allowed the fewest goals in the league at 25. On the road, they have collected six shutouts over their last 14 games (since Jan. 14). That total is more than 14 different teams have posted all season. Mike Yeo will return to Minnesota for the first time as Blues head coach. Yeo spent five seasons behind the Wild bench, posting a 173-132-44 regular season record.

Milestones

David Perron - 4 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 8 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 3 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 - 4 shy of 200 career points
Jay Bouwmeester - 8 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 9 shy of 200 career games

Quick Hits
  • Jake Allen's shutout vs. Colorado on Sunday moved him into sole possession of fourth on the all-time franchise list (14)
  • Jordan Schmaltz played 15:07 in his NHL debut on Sunday in Colorado
  • The Blues are 4-for-11 on the power play over their last four games
  • The Blues have blocked 144 shots on the road since Feb. 1. Only the Islanders have a higher total in that category (180)
  • Only Patrick Kane (7) and Jonathan Toews (7) have scored more road goals than Patrik Berglund (6) since Feb. 1
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1996, St. Louis defenseman Al MacInnis played in his 900th career NHL game and scored his 900th career NHL point with a goal in a 4-2 Blues' loss to the visiting Calgary Flames.

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