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Game Notes: Oct. 25 vs. Calgary

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues have been dominant against the Flames at home in recent years, collecting seven straight victories by a combined score of 25-9. Special teams have been a key to their success as during that win streak as the Blues have scored on five of 20 power-play attempts while the Flames are just 2 for 30. Tonight, the Blues will catch the Flames on the tail end of a back-to-back as they beat the Blackhawks in a shootout last night in Chicago. With a 4-1-1 record out of the gate, the Blues have continued a trend that has seen them post a combined 30-8-5 record in the first month of a season dating back to 2012-13.

What to Watch

Look for Brian Elliott to make his return to the Flames net after Chad Johnson faced the Blues last Saturday. Elliott won 55 games as a Blue at Scottrade Center, which trails only Grant Fuhr (60) in franchise history. Also, look out for No. 19 in white. Matthew Tkachuk, the son of Big Walt, could face his hometown team tonight. Tkachuk, who was drafted sixth overall, was one of five St. Louisans taken in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Finally, what will David Perron do as an encore after his hat trick at the Saddledome last Saturday?

  • Alexander Steen will dress in his 500th game as a Blue tonight. Steen will become the 16th player in Blues history to reach that milestone
  • Steen is also one shy of 200 career goals
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is one shy of 50 goals as a Blue
  • Alex Pietrangelo is tied with Chris Pronger (12) for second in game-winning goals among defensemen in franchise history
Quick Hits
  • With two power play goals thus far, Paul Stastny has already equaled his total from last season
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has logged 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 35 career October games
  • David Perron is averaging 1:36 of shorthanded ice time per game this season which is almost a minute more than his previous single-season career high
  • The Blues have killed 19 consecutive penalties coming into tonight and rank second overall in penalty killing this season (95 percent)
  • Alexander Steen has averaged 0.73 points per game since joining the Blues from Toronto, while he averaged 0.49 as a member of the Maple Leafs
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1990, Brett Hull became the first player in St. Louis Blues history to get back-to-back hat-tricks, in an 8-5 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. The night before, he scored three goals in a Blues' game at Toronto

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