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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:42 pm 
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Not trying to step on theohall's toes hopefully no issue in me posting the GDT

I'm doing the Daily Fantasy dance tonight and going to have me some Pietrangelo and maybe even some Steen with the first line of Schwartz-Stastny-Tank sprinkled in tonight.

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The Blues will wrap-up their five-game road trip tonight in Colorado. A victory tonight and the Blues will have picked up eight of a possible 10 points. St. Louis has gone 1-0-0 vs. the Avs this season, beating them 3-0 on March 5 at Pepsi Center. Jake Allen made 27 saves in the shutout effort while Paul Stastny scored the game-winner for his first career goal against his former team. The Blues have earned points in six straight games against the Avs, including wins in each of the last four. In Denver, the Blues have points in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2), including wins in back-to-back trips.
What to Watch

Special teams has been one of the tipping points in the recent series between the Blues and Avs. St. Louis has racked-up a 9-0 tally in power-play scoring over their last nine meetings, dispatching 24 Colorado attempts in that span. Jake Allen, who has won five of his last six starts overall, will look to continue his success vs. the Avs. Over his last three starts, he has gone 3-0-0 with a 0.43 GAA, a .984 SV%, and one shutout.
Milestones

David Perron - 1 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 6 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 9 shy of 100 assists as a Blue / 7 shy of 600 career points
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 8 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 4 shy of 400 career PIM / 8 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 6 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 2 shy of 200 career games
Magnus Paajarvi - 3 shy of 300 career games
Alex Pietrangelo - 7 shy of 300 career points
Quick Hits

Since Mike Yeo took over, Jake Allen (.946) shares second overall in even-strength save-percentage (min. 200 even strength shots faced)
The Blues have won seven of their last eight games, allowing just eight even strength goals in that span
Scottie Upshall has scored in consecutive games for the first time as a Blue
Since the trade of Kevin Shattenkirk, the Blues power play is third best overall, going 7-for-23 (30.4%) since Feb. 27

50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1990, Brett Hull became the sixth player in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season, as the Blues lost 8-6 at Edmonton

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One of the most grueling stretches of the season should have left the St. Louis Blues struggling to stay in the playoff hunt.

Instead, they thrived through adversity and are comfortably in the postseason picture.

The Blues (38-28-5) played six games in nine days, including two back-to-back sets, and twice had three contests in four days. It was a punishing schedule that they capped with a 3-0 win at Arizona on Saturday, improving to 5-1-0 in that stretch.

St. Louis looks to continue this successful string with a win in Colorado against the Avalanche on Tuesday night. The Blues have beaten some quality teams -- there was a 5-1 win at Pacific Division leader San Jose on Thursday -- and now they need to take care of business against the worst team in the NHL.

If the first meeting of the month is any indication, the Blues should be just fine. They shut down the offensively challenged Avalanche for a 3-0 win in Colorado on March 5, and look for more of the same despite a hectic couple of weeks.

St. Louis has stayed fresh thanks to coach Mike Yeo's plan to rest his team when he can and save the players' legs for more meaningful games.

"Mike's doing a good job being smart, letting us manage our energy," captain Alex Pietrangelo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the win over the Coyotes. "It was an opportunity to get some rest here. This has been a tough trip -- time change and travel and back-to-back (games). It's good to get through this stretch."

The Blues will take on a demoralized and angry Avalanche team coming off two straight losses, with the last one being particularly painful. Colorado took a 3-1 lead on Chicago in the third period Sunday at the United Center but had a meltdown after the Blackhawks scored a controversial goal midway through the third period.

Jonathan Toews scored at 10:17 to make it 3-2, but the Avalanche challenged that the Chicago captain was offside when Richard Panik brought the puck into the Colorado zone. Replays appeared to show the puck not on Panik's stick as it crossed the blue line and Toews clearly in the offensive zone.

However, the goal was held up when the NHL Situation Room determined that there was "not conclusive evidence in determining whether Jonathan Toews tagged up at the instant the puck was on Richard Panik's stick when Chicago entered the attacking zone prior to the goal."

Bednar didn't necessarily agree with the ruling.

"I guess I don't necessarily fully understand it, but it's a tag-up rule," he said. "They were saying (the puck) was on his stick. That is what it is. For me, it's 3-2, 9 1/2 minutes to go, that gives them life."

It sure did. Chicago scored two more goals 17 seconds apart and Colorado went on to lose 5-3, and Toews' goal becomes a secondary problem.

"It's what we do after that bothers me," Bednar said. "That call for me is the least of what bugs me of the way that game finished."

It added to a season of misery for the Avalanche (20-48-3), who were the first team eliminated from the postseason more than a week ago.

Now they have to play the surging Blues, who have shut out opponents seven times in the last 29 games and have won five of their last six road contests.

"We're all here with the same goal," Blues right winger Scottie Upshall told the Post-Dispatch. "This has been a long year, but we're a good group. We know what we're capable of right now. We're getting leadership, everyone's pulling their weight. This time of year, it's huge."
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Jaden Schwartz - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Zach Sanford - Ivan Barbashev - Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves

Defense

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Jake Allen


This day in history:
1984 Joe Mullen scores his 1st hat trick and sets then season record for Goals (39) by a US born player (which Hull later smashed).
1985 Capitals Bobby Carpenter becomes the first U.S.-born player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season in 3-2 loss to Canadiens
1987 Federko becomes first Blues player to record 600 assists with an assist in 7-6 OT loss to Devils
1990 Hull scores 70th goal in 8-6 loss to Oilers
1994 Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals
1994 Jeff Brown & Bret Hedican traded to Canucks for Craig Janney and Nathan Lafayette

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Let's see if Tarasenko can go on a tear against the league's bottom feeders and steal a Rocket Richard trophy from Crosby or Marchand.

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This seems counterintuitive:

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Since the trade of Kevin Shattenkirk, the Blues power play is third best overall, going 7-for-23 (30.4%) since Feb. 27


With Nashville winning last night, we're back in the 2nd Wild Card spot, temporarily. I would love to beat them out for 3rd in the Division for a couple reasons- I like the matchup with the Wild (who are dropping off and look like they will finish 2nd) better than Chicago, and it would be poetic for Yeo to upset the Wild the way they upset us a few years ago.

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Either there was an over-reliance on Shattenkirk or ol' #22 was a bit more over-rated than we'd have liked to admit.

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Since the trade of Kevin Shattenkirk, the Blues power play is third best overall, going 7-for-23 (30.4%) since Feb. 27


I think part of this is because Pietrangelo doesn't freelance as much from the point in terms of moving lower in the zone. Shattenkirk would sometimes vacate the point and actually be lower than the top of the circle and inside the circles moving in for higher quality shots. Sample size is too small to really know right now, though.

Pietrangelo points on PP
Since Yeo - 7 points in 21 games
Before Yeo - 9 points in 49 games
Since Shattenkirk - 4 points in 9 games (.44/game)
Before Shattenkirk - 16 points in 61 games (.26/game)

For reference, Shattenkirk had 20 PP points in 61 games (.33/game) with St Louis this season.

Alex can run a power play very effectively, he's just had to "share time" with Shattenkirk or play on the 2nd unit behind Shattenkirk. That's over and it's showing what Pietrangelo is actually capable of doing when given more opportunity. Heck, Team Canada trusted him twice with it in World Jr play.

Not saying Shattenkirk isn't a really good offensive player. Just saying Pietro is just as capable but hadn't been given a clear shot as the top d-man on the Blues power play until now.

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I think this is just a sample size thing. 30% is really high. To put that in perspective, Buffalo leads the league at 24.0%.

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Schwartz should have buried that one!

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Bad start for The Blues, but they got some decent chances late in the period. This is a must game to keep pace with Nashville. They need to get Stastny back, and come out flying in The 2nd.

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There is the flat period we haven't seen in awhile. Looked like they picked it up after the 1st 10 minutes.

Silly question, but if you are missing Stastny, why replace him with Paajarvi on the power play and not one of the other centers - like say.... Sanford??

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Berglund bats in Sanford's backhand pass!!! His 20th! Ties it at one!!!

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Schwartz hit the crossbar first, and now on a very clean breakaway, he hits it right at the goalie. :x

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Great pass from Sanford and Barbashev drives it home. Blues lead 2-1!!!

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Schwartz finally scores, knocking in a fat rebound!!!! Blues lead 3-1!!!

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Berglund gets the empty-netter sealing the win!! His 21st!!! 4-2 Blues!!!

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Winning a game with one skate already on the plane home... Thank goodness they were playing the Avs.

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Good road win after a long road trip, at high altitude, against a loose team. Blues back in 3rd in The Central. Their opponents stay pretty weak, while The Preds' get tougher. Blues need to start pulling away.

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Good road win after a long road trip, at high altitude, against a loose team. Blues back in 3rd in The Central. Their opponents stay pretty weak, while The Preds' get tougher. Blues need to start pulling away.


That's the key. We haven't earned the right to sit back and rest at all. If we want to finish in 3rd, we can't overlook our easier schedule- we have to win those games.

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