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Game Notes: Oct. 20 at Edmonton

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues
Matchup

The Blues will visit Rogers Place for the first time on Thursday and will be looking to carry over their success from Rexall Place. Over the past decade, the Blues went 13-4-3 at Rexall Place but the Edmonton Oilers did manage to win their final game against the Blues there (6-4 on March 16 last season). The Blues have won six of their last seven trips to Edmonton and eight of their last nine against the Oilers overall, but with the additions of Milan Lucic, Kris Russell and Jesse Puljujarvi, the current Oilers are a different animal. The key, though, is Connor McDavid. McDavid has three goals and six points in three games thus far and tends to have a positive impact in the Oilers' results when he dents the scoresheet. Since 2015-16, the Oilers, who finished with the second lowest point total in the NHL last season, are 17-15-0 when McDavid musters at least a point and 10-4-0 when he has at least two. The trend applies in this series. Last season, the Blues won both games that McDavid was held scoreless and lost in his two-assist effort on March 16.

What to Watch

Recently acquired David Perron and Nail Yakupov will be returning to face their former team. Perron had a career year with the Oilers in 2013-14 when he posted 28 goals and 57 points overall. Yakupov was the first overall pick of the Oilers in 2012 and accumulated 111 points in 252 games with Edmonton. Also, keep an eye on Vladimir Tarasenko. Dating back to Game 6 of last season's Conference Final, Tarasenko has five goals and six points over his last three road games and has collected 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his last eight games against the Oilers.

Milestones
  • Jake Allen is one shutout shy of Brent Johnson (12) for fifth on the team's all-time shutouts list
  • Alexander Steen is one goal shy of Doug Gilmour (149) for 13th in Blues history
  • Alex Pietrangelo is tied with Chris Pronger (12) for second in game-winning goals among defensemen in franchise history
Quick Hits
  • The Blues have started with points (3-0-1) in each of their first four games for the second time in team history (2013-14)
  • Since Ken Hitchcock was hired (Nov. 8, 2011), the Blues have posted the NHL's best regular season record at 227-103-37 (.669)
  • Tarasenko (19 SOG) has scored on 21.1% of his shots thus far, which ranks second amongst players with at least 15 SOG this season (1. Pastrnak, 26.7%)
  • Jay Bouwmeester, Kyle Brodziak and Colton Parayko are all from the Edmonton area
  • The Blues are one of six teams allowing two or fewer goals per game (WSH, MTL, FLA, VAN, NJD)
  • Alex Pietrangelo ranks third overall in ice time per game (27:32 - career avg. is 24:30)
  • The Blues rank ninth overall in hits (76) and 3rd in blocked shots (60)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1988, Blues goaltender Greg Millen recorded his 11th career shutout to lead the Blues to a 2-0 win over the Blackhawks

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