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Game Notes: Nov. 5 vs. Columbus

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues
Matchup

The Blues are in a rare situation as they've lost consecutive games by at least four goals for the first time since February 2013. However, the Blues have had tremendous success against the Blue Jackets at home, winning four of their last five and 17 of the last 21 overall. In their last meeting, the Blues used two third period goals, including the game-winner from Scottie Upshall, to beat the Blue Jackets 3-1 at Scottrade Center. This season, the Blues are 3-1-1 overall on home ice, including 1-0-1 against Eastern Conference visitors.

What to Watch

Carter Hutton will start for the Blues tonight in his first career appearance against the Blue Jackets. Traditionally, Hutton has been strong against the East, posting a 18-8-2 career record along with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Thus far, Hutton is 1-1-0 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage this season. Coming off a 1-0 shutout of LA in their last home game, the Blues will look to continue their defensive success at home as they've allowed more than two goals just once this season. Since the beginning of last regular season and including the playoffs, the Blues are 29-1-2 when allowing two or fewer goals at Scottrade Center.

Milestones
  • Alexander Steen is one shy of 200 career goals
  • Alex Pietrangelo is tied with Chris Pronger (12) for second in game-winning goals among defensemen in franchise history
  • Ryan Reaves is nine shy of 600 career PIM
Quick Hits
  • Thursday's loss in Dallas marked just the second time Alex Pietrangelo (1-1-2, -2) logged two points and a minus rating in a regular season game. For his career, the Blues are 46-5-1 when he has at least two points
  • Joel Edmundson and Kevin Shattenkirk served the Blues' first fighting majors of the season on Thursday in Dallas. Only two teams remain without a major this season (NYR, BUF)
  • The Blues share seventh overall in times shorthanded this season (43) while Columbus is t-28th (28)
  • The Blue Jackets' 10-0 win over Montreal last night was the most lopsided regular season victory in the NHL since Washington beat Florida 12-2 on Jan. 11, 2003
  • The Blues have scored one goal in three straight home games but collected points in two of the three. They haven't gone four straight home games with a goal or less since Oct. 24 - Nov. 5, 2009
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1970, St. Louis goalies Glenn Hall and Ernie Wakely shared a shutout in the Blues 2-0 win at Boston. Jim Roberts scored a goal and added an assist for the Blues.

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