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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:24 am 
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- With more pieces becoming part of the equation for the St. Louis Blues, things might be coming together.

That could be the case for the Carolina Hurricanes as well.

The clubs meet Friday night at PNC Arena having deviated in different directions.

"We're a good hockey team," St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said. "We need to make sure we're ready to compete at the level we need to."

The Blues (7-2-1) mark the second divisional leader to visit Carolina in a four-night span. St. Louis has a four-game points streak (3-0-1).

The Hurricanes (4-3-1), who lost to Tampa Bay 5-1 on Tuesday, are coming off an explosive performance with Thursday night's 6-3 victory at Toronto to snap a two-game losing streak.

It was time to perk up for the Hurricanes after a few outings that brought considerable frustration.

"They need to get going," Peters said of his top scorers. "It's time. One thing they can't do is grip the stick too tight."

The Blues, who defeated Calgary 5-2 at home Wednesday, arrived Thursday in Raleigh so they've been waiting for the Hurricanes.

St. Louis' Alexander Steen is coming off a four-point performance (one goal, three assists), clearly shaking off the rust from missing the opening six games of the season with a broken thumb. But Yeo said Steen's strong training camp put him in good position to make key contributions.

Steen will be in his fifth game of the season for the matchup with Carolina.

"He looks quicker out there and he looks fast out there and he makes things happen, especially in the offensive zone," Yeo said. "He's getting on pucks. He's a guy you trust out there in all situations."

The Blues could have defenseman Carl Gunnarsson back after he missed Wednesday's game because his wife was giving birth. Gunnarsson's absence allowed Nate Prosser to join the lineup for the first time this season.

Blues left winger Jaden Schwartz holds a five-game points streak.

This is the Blues' sixth game against an Eastern Conference team.

Yeo said he believes the differences in the conferences are starting to even out.

"The East used to be a little bit more up and down. I think we still see that a little bit more in the East," Yeo said. "We harp on as coaches, it doesn't matter who you are playing, where you are playing, your game shouldn't change."

The Hurricanes have been willing to turn to their fourth line for key sequences. That could serve as a message to other players.
Peters said he's looking for sustained success.

"If not, we'll have to do some different things," he said.

Thursday night's game marked a season-high goals total for the Hurricanes, who've tallied only one goal in three of their games.

Carolina is counting on a core of players with limited experience, so it could take time for it to all click.

"Younger players get a little bit impatient and they try to do somebody else's job," Peters said.

The Blues and Hurricanes have split four games across the past two seasons, each team winning twice on the road. The Blues have won their last three outings in Raleigh, with two of those in shootouts.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:23 am 
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Just for fun...Blues all time record versus Carolina

78 G

44 W
28 L
5 T
1 OTL

255 GF
226 GA

3.27 GFA
2.90 GAA

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Projected Lines - only changes are Gunnar and Hutton. Hutton for the usual reason - b2b games with travel.

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

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Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
Robert Bortuzzo - Vince Dunn

Goalie
Carter Hutton

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Ward has kept The Blues off the scoreboard, so far.

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Nice block by Pietrangelo! And Edmundson has played great so far!

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Bennett and Paajarvi's line has looked very active and good, so far.

Many of The Blues are playing well, so far in this road game. I'm liking it.

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Jaskin blasts it in right after coming onto the ice!!! Kudos to Bennett, Sundqvist andPaajarvi for keeping the puck alive in the O Zone!! Blues lead 1-0!!

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Super save by Hutton -keeping it tied!

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The Blues dominated The 2nd. One steal and they're tied. They should be ahead by 2. They'll need to skate the way they were skating early in The 2nd, in The 3rd. to come out with a win.

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Great work by The Schwartz line! And Stastny, Sobotka and Schenn have played well, too. The Blues are determined to win this one!

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Not hitting enough to slow down Carolina when they move up ice.

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Great pinch by Dunn, pass to Schwartz, who sends it to Schenn for the easy goal!!! Blues lead 2-1!!!

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Blues again skating hard and keeping the puck in the O-Zone. I hope they can keep this up all period, and still have enough for tomorrow night's game.

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The Blues have kept the puck in the O-Zone for much of the last 10 minutes. Let's hope they make it pay off by scoring an empty-netter!

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A final blocked shot and The Blues win!!! 8-2 record with most of them having been on the road! Great start to the season, especially with 4 Top 9 forwards out, and their 2nd or 3rd best defenceman out, with both goalies also playing well. Lots to be happy about.

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.... and their 2nd or 3rd best defenceman out, with both goalies also playing well. Lots to be happy about.


Try 4th best defenseman.

Pietrangelo - best.
Parayko - 2nd best.
Dunn - by the time Bouwmeester returns - will be regarded as 3rd best.

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