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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:33 am 
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ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz finally appears to be living up to his offensive potential.

The St. Louis Blues forward has six goals, seven assists and a plus-8 rating in nine games. The 25-year-old's total of 13 points ranks third in the NHL.

Schwartz and the Blues (6-2-1) will look to continue their hot play on Wednesday night as they host the Calgary Flames (5-4-0).

"He's playing for me at the level -- or maybe a little bit above -- of what he played in the playoffs last year," Blues coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "So I'm not surprised. This is a guy who is hitting his prime. In the last probably year or so, he is even starting to scratch the surface to realize how good he can be."

Schwartz, in his seventh full season, has the tools to be one of the NHL's best all-around forwards, but injuries have impeded his progress.

In October 2014, Schwartz broke an ankle in practice and missed 49 games. Last season, he injured an elbow in the preseason and then struggled upon his return.

"I just try to approach each game one game at a time no matter how the last game went," Schwartz told the Post-Dispatch. "That's something I've tried to work on as I'm getting older, just flip the page after every game and make sure I'm ready to the start of each game."

Schwartz found his groove in the playoffs, scoring four goals and adding five assists while earning a plus-4 rating in 11 games.

He continued that play this season, serving as the Blues' main catalyst. Schwartz has at least one point in eight of the nine games this season, including a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 18.

"When he's going, he brings everybody else into it," Blues goaltender Jake Allen said. "He's really the guy who gets guys going. He gets guys the puck. He works his best below the goal line. He doesn't get enough credit. Vladdy (Tarasenko) gets the goals. Schwartz works in the corner, and Vladdy does his thing. He has really come into a league of his own."

On Sunday, the Blues assigned forward Ivan Barbashev to the AHL's Chicago Wolves and forward Sammy Blais to the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

On Monday, the Blues recalled forward Beau Bennett from the Wolves.

The Flames will be playing the second of back-to-back games and are riding the momentum of a come-from-behind, 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Tuesday night.

Calgary erased a 2-0 deficit and ended a two-game skid while improving to 4-1-0 on the road.
St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk, whose father Keith played for the Blues for nine seasons, scored in regulation for the Flames, then added the game-winner in the shootout.

"He thrives in the moment," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Loves it. He's competitive. I've said that a lot. He likes this kind of atmosphere. The bigger the game, it seems to me, the more he stands up in it. And I thought a lot of guys did that tonight, but tonight he got the important ones for us."

Flames center Mark Jankowski saw his first action against the Predators after being called up from Stockton of the AHL to fill in for injured forward Jaromir Jagr (lower body). He played on a line with wingers Sam Bennett and Curtis Lazar.

"It felt pretty good out there," Jankowski said. "I got a couple shifts to get my legs under me. I felt like our line gained some chemistry as the game went on and got some good O-zone shifts and a couple chances."

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ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz finally appears to be living up to his offensive potential.

The St. Louis Blues forward has six goals, seven assists and a plus-8 rating in nine games. The 25-year-old's total of 13 points ranks third in the NHL.

Schwartz and the Blues (6-2-1) will look to continue their hot play on Wednesday night as they host the Calgary Flames (5-4-0).

"He's playing for me at the level -- or maybe a little bit above -- of what he played in the playoffs last year," Blues coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "So I'm not surprised. This is a guy who is hitting his prime. In the last probably year or so, he is even starting to scratch the surface to realize how good he can be."

Schwartz, in his seventh full season, has the tools to be one of the NHL's best all-around forwards, but injuries have impeded his progress.

In October 2014, Schwartz broke an ankle in practice and missed 49 games. Last season, he injured an elbow in the preseason and then struggled upon his return.

"I just try to approach each game one game at a time no matter how the last game went," Schwartz told the Post-Dispatch. "That's something I've tried to work on as I'm getting older, just flip the page after every game and make sure I'm ready to the start of each game."

Schwartz found his groove in the playoffs, scoring four goals and adding five assists while earning a plus-4 rating in 11 games.

He continued that play this season, serving as the Blues' main catalyst. Schwartz has at least one point in eight of the nine games this season, including a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 18.

"When he's going, he brings everybody else into it," Blues goaltender Jake Allen said. "He's really the guy who gets guys going. He gets guys the puck. He works his best below the goal line. He doesn't get enough credit. Vladdy (Tarasenko) gets the goals. Schwartz works in the corner, and Vladdy does his thing. He has really come into a league of his own."

On Sunday, the Blues assigned forward Ivan Barbashev to the AHL's Chicago Wolves and forward Sammy Blais to the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

On Monday, the Blues recalled forward Beau Bennett from the Wolves.

The Flames will be playing the second of back-to-back games and are riding the momentum of a come-from-behind, 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Tuesday night.

Calgary erased a 2-0 deficit and ended a two-game skid while improving to 4-1-0 on the road.
St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk, whose father Keith played for the Blues for nine seasons, scored in regulation for the Flames, then added the game-winner in the shootout.

"He thrives in the moment," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Loves it. He's competitive. I've said that a lot. He likes this kind of atmosphere. The bigger the game, it seems to me, the more he stands up in it. And I thought a lot of guys did that tonight, but tonight he got the important ones for us."

Flames center Mark Jankowski saw his first action against the Predators after being called up from Stockton of the AHL to fill in for injured forward Jaromir Jagr (lower body). He played on a line with wingers Sam Bennett and Curtis Lazar.

"It felt pretty good out there," Jankowski said. "I got a couple shifts to get my legs under me. I felt like our line gained some chemistry as the game went on and got some good O-zone shifts and a couple chances."


Either I'm seeing double or we have two GDTs for tonight. Let's double the score! Blues 4
Flames 0 (cause 0*2 is still 0).

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About time. It's been like three weeks since our last game.

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That's weird. I only posted it once.... but from someone else's computer.... odd..

edit: Fixed it. :) :goblues:

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Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Alexander Steen
Magnus Paajarvi - Oskar Sundqvist - Beau Bennett
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn

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Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Nate Prosser - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

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Jake Allen


Hope I'm wrong, but that lineup looks like a Ken Hitchcock wet dream. Basically 7 3rd/4th line type forwards.... ouch!

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The Blues came out a little too "casual", and got scored upon. Somehow, I don't think trying to kick the puck out of one's defensive zone, when not so far ahead of the goal line, is a good idea.

Dunn made a nice defensive play, steal and clearing pass.

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The Flames committed 2 flagrant holding offences previous to the high-sticking call. Blues need to score on this PP!

Weak shot by Steen. I don't like him on The PP point.

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Nice shot by Dunn, Blues should have knocked in the rebound.

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Steen wrists it in after a super feed from Sobotka! Blues tie it at one!!!

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Weak 1st Period for The Blues, but they're tied, so let's just move on and start skating hard and smart, and start pulling away.

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Schwartz bangs it into the net after Tarasenko hits the post!!! Blues lead 2-1!!!

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Pietrangelo skates in on the PP and wrists it in!!! Blues lead 3-1!!!

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Super save by Allen!!!

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Let's hope that first 10 minutes in the 1st period was the let-down and we don't see what has been the 3rd period let-down pattern continue.

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Lousy change by The Blues ended up having The Flames get 2 good chances, after Stastny got a feed right in front of the net, and failed to poke it in. Blues lucky to take the 1 goal lead into The 3rd.

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Very nice stickwork by Brodziak on the PK!

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Good kill!

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Nice to see Parayko drive the net!

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Prosser has looked very shaky when pressured in his own zone.

Great 2 on 1 by Steen and Sobotka almost scored!

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Stastny fires it in!!! Blues lead 4-2!!!

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