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Game Notes: Oct. 29 vs. Los Angeles

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues
Matchup

The Blues have won two in a row against the Kings, including a 2-1 OT win in their last meeting that served as the Blues' 100th all-time victory in the regular season series. These two teams normally engage in a physical affair as they've combined for over 55 hits in each of their last four games. However, while the Kings have maintained their "heavy" style this season - ranking fourth overall with 210 hits - the Blues have adjusted to their strengths and are a middle of the pack in team hits (14th - 146). The Blues, who have scored just one goal in four of their last five games, have a good chance to get the offense going tonight as the Kings' team save percentage is ranked 26th overall at .877.

 

What to Watch

Kevin Shattenkirk has a goal in back-to-back games and will be looking to make it three straight for the first time in his career. The Blues' PK went 5-for-5 on Thursday against Detroit and now ranks second overall at 92.9 percent for the season. However, it's the power play, which has connected in three of the last four games, that should be licking its chops as the Kings are 24th overall with a 73.9 percent penalty kill.

 

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

 

  • The Blues are 15-6-2 in the regular season on Saturdays dating back to 2015-16
  • Not a normal center, David Perron has won 45.8 percent of his draws and with 11 wins overall, has almost matched his previous single season career high (13 in 2013-14)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko shares first overall with 40 shots on goal this season (Brent Burns). Last year, his 292 reg. season shots were the most by a Blue since Al MacInnis in 2002-03 (299)
  • Jay Bouwmeester is dressing in regular season game No. 999 tonight
 
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1996, the St. Louis Blues obtained Pierre Turgeon, Rory Fitzpatrick, and Craig Conroy from the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for Shayne Corson, defenseman Murray Baron, and a 5th round pick in 1997

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