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Game Notes: Oct. 18 at Vancouver

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues
Matchup

The Blues begin their first extended road trip of the 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday. Last season, they made the same Western Canada trip in mid-October and came away with three victories. The Blues won all three meetings with the Canucks in 2015-16 for their first regular season series sweep since 2005-06. The latter two wins in last season's series came via shutout and the Blues are carrying a 120:29 consecutive shutout streak vs. the Canucks. St. Louis will be looking to carry over their success against the Pacific Division as they shared second amongst all Western Conference teams with a 15-5-1 record last season. A victory Tuesday would give the Blues just the second 4-0-0 start in club history (2013-14).

What to Watch

Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock is looking for better even strength play and a trip to B.C. may serve the team well to that end. They were a +7 in even-strength goal differential against the Canucks last season. Paul Stastny has grabbed the spotlight right out of the gate, posting six points through the first three games for his best regular season start since 2007-08 (8 pts in first 3 games). Stastny has fared very well against the Canucks in his career, accumulating 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 46 career games.

Milestones

If Jake Allen starts and can continue the Blues' shutout streak, he will tie Brent Johnson (12) for fifth on the team's all-time shutouts list. We are continuing to monitor Alexander Steen, who still sits one goal shy of Doug Gilmour (149) for 13th in Blues history. Lastly, if Alex Pietrangelo can go back-to-back games with the game-winner, he'll jump Chris Pronger (12) for sole possession of second in franchise history among defensemen.

Quick Hits
  • After losing in each of their previous four trips, the Blues have won back-to-back games at Rogers Arena for the first time since Feb. 8 and March 5, 2006
  • The Blues' road record in October over the past four seasons is 9-3-2
  • Since the 19:28 mark of the second period in Chicago on Oct. 12, the Blues have played 142:32 consecutive minutes either tied or with a lead (only trailed for a total of 25:03 this season)
  • The Blues are 9-4-2 in Western Canada (@VAN, @EDM, @CGY) over the past 3 seasons
  • The Blues have killed 10 straight penalties dating back to opening night
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