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Game Notes: Oct. 13 vs. Minnesota

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues
Matchup

The Blues face the Minnesota Wild in the second game of a season-opening back-to-back set tonight at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center. The Blues have won three of their last four home openers, including a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers last season. The Wild, now led by Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, come to town having dropped three of their last four trips to St. Louis but they have won their first road game in each of the last two seasons. The Wild's main offseason addition was former second-overall pick (2003) Eric Staal. Staal spent 12 seasons in Carolina and was dealt to the Rangers at last season's trade deadline before joining the Wild as a free agent. The Blues, of course, have acquired a couple of Wild alums in Mike Yeo and Rick Wilson. Yeo spent five seasons in Minnesota and led the Wild to three consecutive playoff berths from 2013-2015. The Blues will look to stay hot on the power play, as they connected on three of five attempts in last night's win, while they've gone four for their last 10 against the Wild.

What to Watch

Alexander Steen has gone crazy in this series. Through his first 11 career games against the Wild, Steen posted a goal and an assist. Over his last 16, he has produced 4 goals and 14 assists, including points in seven straight (2 goals, 7 assists). Since the beginning of 2015, only Jamie Benn (11) has more points against the Wild than Steen. Fans may also want to keep an eye on Colton Parayko, who led the Blues with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) through last season's October home schedule.

Milestones

No pre-determined milestones on the list tonight but again, watch for Steen. His 147 goals are just two goals short of Doug Gilmour (149) on the career goals register. In addition, after last night's three-point performance, Paul Stastny is just two points shy of 100 for his Blues career. And, David Perron is two points shy of 200 for his Blues career.

Quick Hits
  • Last season, the Blues were 8-4-0 in the second game of a back-to-back set
  • St. Louis was 19-7-3 (.707) vs. the Central Division last year which was their second-best single-season Division mark since 1994
  • The Blues ranked 13th overall with a 24-13-4 home record last season which included 4-0-1 mark in October
  • During Ken Hitchcock's tenure (since Nov. 8, 2011), the Blues have posted the second best home win percentage overall (121-47-16, .701) (1. CHI, 117-41-23, .710)
  • Jake Allen is 2-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a .934 sv% in his last 3 starts vs. the Wild while Carter Hutton is 2-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA and a .936 sv% in 3 career starts
Blues in the Community

Fans can stop by Section 114 at tonight's game to purchase limited edition Opening Night pucks, which are wrapped and autographed by members of the Blues. Pucks are available for $40 until they're gone.

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