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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:31 pm 
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ST. LOUIS -- Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet Saturday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit St. Louis to take on the Blues.

The Hurricanes (18-12-7) earned their fourth consecutive win Friday night, 2-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, to improve their record to 7-1-0 in their last eight games.

"We're playing our game. We're playing quick. We're a really fast team, and we're using that to our advantage," the Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin told NHL.com. "As a team, I think we're starting to find that rhythm in the third (period) and figure out how to win games. That's going to be important going down the stretch."

The winning streak is a season-high for the Hurricanes.

"I think we're playing with good confidence right now, and we just have to keep it going," Carolina's Sebastian Aho said.

Aho scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Hurricanes against the Penguins late in the second period.

"Our team game is better," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "And I think when our team game is better and in order and there is more trust and execution, we play faster, and therefore individuals look better,"

The Hurricanes will be taking on a Blues team still smarting from a 4-2 loss at Dallas on Friday night when the Blues blew a 2-1 lead in the final five minutes of the third period, giving up three goals. The loss was the seventh by the Blues (23-15-2) in their last nine games (2-7-0).

St. Louis had rallied from a 1-0 deficit on goals by Vladimir Tarasenko, his first in six games, and Tage Thompson just 65 seconds apart but could not hold the lead. The late Dallas flurry came after Jake Allen -- who had to leave for close to 10 minutes earlier in the period to complete concussion protocol following a collision -- came back into the game.

Coach Mike Yeo blamed himself for that decision.

"I feel bad for our team," Yeo said. "I think looking back on that, that was a bad decision by me. I think I put Jake and the team in a bad position there. ... It's unfortunate for the players because they played their hearts out tonight."

The game-winning goal came after the Blues' Joel Edmundson was called for roughing and also given a 10-minute misconduct penalty, which only added to the Blues' frustration.

"The call at the end of the game is ridiculous," Yeo said. "There's scrums all night and we end up short twice (including the Paul Stastny scrum) in those situations. Not sure how you make that call, but it is what it is."

The biggest factor in the Blues' losing streak has been a lack of offense. St. Louis has scored more than two goals only once in their last nine games, and the third goal in their game at Vancouver on Dec. 23 went into an empty net.

The Blues have scored only three power play goals in their last 29 opportunities, and failed to scored Friday night when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:37.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:12 pm 
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Good start!! 43 seconds in Brodziak rifles in a brilliant pass from Steen!!! 1-0 Blues!!!

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2 great saves by Hutton!!

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I like the idea of sitting Thorburn, playing 11 forwards, and 7 defencemen.

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The Blues started out with lots of energy - they're actually winning races to the puck, and winning battles for it! Carolina has made a couple pushes back. But, overll, The Blues look better than they have in recent games.

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Blues on the PK.

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Good kill! NO shots!

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A good 1st Period. Energy, confidence, desire, will to win.

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Beautiful 2 on 1 passing play by Pietrangelo to Berglund!!! Blues lead 2=0!!!

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Blues go on the power play!

Berglund, with 6 goals in 17 games, is scoring at a pace of over 30 goals in 82 games.

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Very Bluesy. Parayko breaks Carolina's goalie's stick with a monstrous blast, and The Blues have 40 seconds of power play vs. a stickless goalie, and they can't even get a shot on goal, and the penalised play comes out of the penalty box, snags the puck and scores. They are cursed (or, at least, we Blues' fans are cursed!).

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Blues back on the power play.

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At least with Parayko shooting those hard blasts from the point, The Blues have been getting some good rebound attempts.

But, The Hurricanes score to tie it at 2. How depressing. :( :cussing:

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The Blues looked good early. I hate to see them go off after The 2nd having only a 2-2 tie.

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How did Bouwmeester not hit that rebound in???

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Blues on a 3 on 2. Tarasenko to SSchenn to Upshall, who buries it!!! Blues lead 3-2!!!

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Blues win!!!
Blues win!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

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Don't think it's a stretch to predict that 9 will be up with 10 and 91 on Tuesday. Kudos to him and 28, but this is what it's come down to.

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Who are The Blues' leaders in goal scoring % (per shot) after Schwartz (22%) and Schenn (16%)? Answer: Berglund (20%), Upshall and Brodziak (14%)!!! Berglund's 6 goals in 17 games projects to 29 in an 82 game season. His scoring a little more than 1 goal every 3 games will get him 14 more in this season's remaing games, putting him at 2o even after missing 24 games due to injury. :plusplus:

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Well, that's halfway through the season, and we currently stand at 50 points. I have to say, if we finish with 100 points this year, I'd be pretty happy with that.

However, we are definitely on the downward trend at the moment. The rate at which we earned points seriously dropped off over the last moth. Fortunately, we had a great start to the season which has enabled us to still be within two points of the top Western Conference teams even after Injury Apocalypse I and II.

Forwards have been hot and cold. That's probably the most charitable way to put it. We could definitely use the Schwartz. Defense has been mostly solid, but offensive contributions have also dropped off since the start of the season.

Goaltending could arguably be the strongest facet of this team right now. Allen has been good enough to give the Blues a chance every night, and has stood on his head a few times. Ditto Hutton- I think he may even be been more impressive of the two.

Special teams? Ugh.

Bring on 2018. And bring back our injured players.

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