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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:09 am 
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The St. Louis Blues and the Ottawa Senators have goaltending decisions to make in the hours leading up to Tuesday night's game at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Blues intended to split the workload between Carter Hutton and Jake Allen in back-to-back games that started a five-stop road trip, but they now have cause for second thought after Hutton made 26 saves in a 2-0 win over the Flyers on Monday night in Philadelphia.

It was the second goose egg the 31-year-old backup has posted in his last three starts.

"Well, you'll have to wait until tomorrow, I guess," Blues coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when asked about his immediate goaltending plans after the victory over the Flyers.

The Senators, who suffered a 4-0 loss in Buffalo on Saturday, have elected to hold off on announcing their starter for the first of a four-game homestand until Tuesday morning.

Mike Condon, who has made a franchise-record 27 consecutive appearances, was pulled in the third period against the Sabres, but coach Guy Boucher said the move was not reflective of his performance.

The Senators' No. 1 goalie, Craig Anderson, has resumed practicing with the team after an extended leave to be with his wife while she battles cancer, but he has not started in two months and probably needs a little more fine-tuning before getting in a game.

There's also the possibility that Boucher could go with Andrew Hammond, who relieved Condon in Buffalo, but it was his first action since Dec. 18 and he has only played one full game this season on Oct. 17.

After Monday's practice, Boucher said he has been looking to give Condon a breather for some time. He also said if the Senators were playing a Game 7 in the playoffs on Tuesday night that Anderson would get the nod.

"Right now, we've finally gotten to the point where we've got options that we've been wanting for a long, long time," Boucher said.

The Blues only had 16 shots against the Flyers, and just one in the first period. It was only their third win in the last nine games, a stretch that started with a 6-4 loss to the Senators on Jan. 17 in St. Louis.

With the loss of winger Robby Fabbri on Saturday for the season to an ACL injury, the Blues recalled Ken Agostino and he made an immediate impact. Along with his team-leading four shots on goal, the 24-year-old former fifth round pick sealed the victory on Monday night with a breakaway goal in the third period.

It was the first time he had scored in the NHL since April 4, 2014.

"I don't know if we would have expected him to come out and create as much offense as he did, but definitely saw a few things that we really liked in his game," Yeo said. "Obviously like all young players, we'll make sure he stays on it. He'll get another chance to play (in Ottawa) and as far as we're concerned, that one will be more important that this one."

The Senators have built a 5-2-2 record off that win in St. Louis, a game that featured less than stellar goaltending as both Hutton and Condon made just 19 saves.

While Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone led the Senators with two goals apiece, Bobby Ryan continued to enjoy success against St. Louis by also scoring.

In 25 career games versus the Blues, Ryan has 18 goals and 32 points.

The Senators are starting to get consistent production from center Derick Brassard, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the New York Rangers. Eight of Brassard's 27 points have come in the last nine games.

"I feel I have really good chemistry now with my teammates," he told reporters after Monday's practice. "I had to get to know all the players and consider their habits on the ice. I don't think I'm doing anything different, but I feel a lot more comfortable out there."
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Blues • The Blues lost to Ottawa at Scottrade Center 6-4 on Jan. 17, a loss that snapped the team’s only winning streak since Dec. 1 at two games. Carter Hutton started that game; Jake Allen will get the start this time. That first game, like this one, was the third in four nights for the Blues. They are 5-4 when playing a third game in four nights. … The Blues haven’t lost in regulation in Ottawa since the 2009-10 season.

Senators • Ottawa is 2-2-2 in its past six games and is coming off a 4-0 loss to Buffalo on Saturday. The Senators are in second in the Atlantic Division, though they would have been in fifth if they were in the Metropolitan going into Monday’s games. … Defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the team in points with 44. His 36 assists are the third most in the league. Mike Hoffman has 11 power-play goals, the second-most in the league.

Injuries • Blues — F Kyle Brodziak (foot), F Robby Fabbri (knee), out. Senators — F Clarke MacArthur (concussion), out.


This day in history:
1966 Gordie Howe becomes first player to score 100 goals against every opposing team
1968 Bob Plager became first Blues player to receive a game misconduct
1971 Scottie Bowman replace Al Arbour as head coach of the Blues
1976 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points (6 G 4 A) in a game
1985 Mike Bossy scores three goals for his NHL-record 33rd hat trick, in 7-5 win over Rangers at Nassau Coliseum, breaking the career hat trick record then held by Phil Esposito
1992 Adam Oates traded to Bruins for Craig Janney and Stephane Quintal
1995 Former Blues player Joe Mullen of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the first U.S.-born NHL player to reach 1,000 NHL point with two goals and 2 assists in 7-3 win over Panthers

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On a side note - the NHL Tonight and NHL Now regulars when talking about the Blues aren't banging on the goaltending. They actually bring up how the Blues need to play better in front of them and specifically mention the Blues wings and how they cheat too often. Meanwhile, the mediots covering games not named Pang and Kelly only seem to bring up "the Blues have problems in goal." The casual fan would think, given how much news is written and talked about on radio about goaltending, that the Blues issue are almost completely on Allen.

We'll see if the Blues forwards continue playing defense consistently, instead of looking for the home run. When Agostino got that breakaway goal vs the Flyers, he was initially working back to back-check and turned when Perron forced the turnover. Too often, Blues wingers aren't skating hard on that back-check.

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Yeo game #4. So far we are W-L-W, so let's see if we can get some of that elusive consistency.

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:

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I think you mean "at Senators" lolz

Per usual the bipolar Blues go the other way

Blues 1
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Fixed... :) thanks

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WaukeeBlues wrote:
I think you mean "at Senators" lolz

Per usual the bipolar Blues go the other way

Blues 1
Sens 4


GDT error. We're doomed.

Go ahead and divide by zero while you're at it.

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As his sponsor, it's also your fault that Robby Fabbri got hurt.

You're not having a good week :P

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Well, the Blues are undefeated this week, so far... let's keep that going. :cup: :woohoo:

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Interesting lineup decisions. 41 for 4, 56 for 23 and 34 for 40. Hitchcock would have likely kept the lineup the same after a shutout.

The logic is understandable, with the 2nd game of a back to back and the guys should be hungry getting a chance to go back in.

This seems like a game they would typically lose, but I like Yeo's effort here.

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Stunned Paajarvi was even called up.... waste of a roster spot.

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Stunned Paajarvi was even called up.... waste of a roster spot.

Totally agree but the coach can only work with what Doug gives him. Jaskin will disappear if he plays too many games in a row so it's worth a try. As always, expectations are low.

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Another good move and chance by Agostino. I thought that was going in. He is an exciting new toy for Blues fans!

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Paajarvi scores on a hjgh, hard blast! Blues lead 1-0!!!

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Paajarvi scores on a hjgh, hard blast! Blues lead 1-0!!!

Hahaha sweet Jesus.

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Tarasenko blasts in a great feed from Stastny!!! Blues lead 2-0!!!

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Berglund bangs in a long rebound!!! Blues lead 3-0, if The Blues weren't offside. And it's good!!!

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The Blues really have jump in their skates. They're winning most of the puck battles and most races to the puck. They are getting back on defence, Allen is playing well in net. Maybe they can land higher than a wild card position, while, at the same time, trading for the future?

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Steen bangs in his own rebound after a great feed by Stastny!!! Blues lead 4-0!!!

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Tarasenko blasts it in!!! Heavily screened wrister, after a nice pass from Steen!!! Blues lead 5-0!!!

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