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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:34 am 
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ST. LOUIS -- Desperate times called for desperate measures.

Searching for anything to give spark to an offense rendered listless since Jaden Schwartz's ankle injury on Dec. 9, St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo went with an 11/7 (11 forwards/seven defensemen) formation against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

The move made sense, giving the Blues insurance in case defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who was returning from injured reserve, wasn't 100 percent.

It also paid off, thrusting fourth-liners Kyle Brodziak and Scottie Upshall into more prominent offensive roles. Brodziak and Upshall scored in the Blues' 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

Prior to the Saturday win, St. Louis lost five of its previous six games.

"It was a tough month for us for sure," Brodziak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Having trouble scoring goals. ... We know we're a better team than we've shown in the last month, and it's something we've just got to build back up again."

Though the 11/7 formation is not considered a long-term fix, Yeo wouldn't rule it out for the Blues' Tuesday night home game against the New Jersey Devils.

"For one, 'Bouw' hasn't been in for a while, to give him a chance to protect (himself)," Yeo said after the Carolina win. "The guys have been playing well. I thought it freed up some opportunities to get a little extra ice time to some guys up front. There was a couple things that came into it."

The Blues hope it is the start to better things in 2018.

"The game of hockey is never perfect, it's never X's and O's," Upshall told NHL.com. "You have (23) guys you can use on every different night, and tonight was an opportunity for guys like Brodziak, 'Maggie' (Magnus Paajarvi) stepped in and did a great job, and 'Barby' (Ivan Barbashev) was doing everything he's asked and more. Just an opportunity for everyone to take bigger steps to move this group in the right direction without 'Schwartzy' (Jaden Schwartz), not to mention what 'Bouw' was able to do back there was huge. He was a big force and didn't look like he missed a step."

The Blues have won eight straight games against the Devils dating back to Jan. 21, 2014, and have won 11 of the last 12. New Jersey hasn't won at St. Louis since Dec. 30, 2008.

New Jersey enters the game trying to snap a two-game losing streak. The game will be the second stop on a four-game road trip.

With a 5-2 loss at Washington on Saturday, the Devils fell out of the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. The setback came one night after a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

"Kind of looked a little tired," Devils forward Kyle Palmieri said. "We weren't ready for puck drop, and that's a good team that was sitting here waiting for us. I think it's one of those things, we knew we had to be ready. It's their building, it's a loud building, it's a fun atmosphere to play in. We just weren't quite ready for it."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:09 am 
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Prior to the Saturday win, St. Louis lost five of its previous six games.


How about lost 7 of the last 9 games prior to Saturday's win. Let's not short change ourselves.

Devils are a better team than the Canes. This isn't going to be easy.

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NJ is no pushover team anymore, the rebuild has been faster than they expected.

Scouts/Rockies/Devils - 4
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The Blues have come out skating hard and taking shots. I like it!

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Not very good execution on that power play.

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Blues on the PK. Important kill!

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Tarasenko slams in the rebound of Upshall's shot!! Blues lead 1-0!!!

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Is that an even strength goal by Tarasenko? About time!

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Good 1st Period by The Blues, with the lead and a lot of good chances.

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Barbashev should have scored there!

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Hischier redirects it by Hutton. Ties it up 1-1 with7 minutes left in The 2nd.

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Thompson drives it home top right corner! Goal scorer's snapper!!! Blues lead 2-1!!!

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The svorer changed Thompson;s goal to a tip-in by Sobotka.

His 8th. Blues go back on The PK. And Hall ties it at 2. :cussing:

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Blues lucky, getting offside ruled on Devil's 3rd goal. But I hate that rule. It should be the plane of the line, like it always was in the past.

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Blues on The Power Play! Let's score this time!

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OT. Should The Blues have the advantage on the open ice with Tarasenko, Schenn, Pietrangelo and Parayko, over Hischier and Hall, and Greene?

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Unbelievable leg save by Hutton!

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3 super saves by Hutton!!! Keep it tied! They've GOT to win it now!

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Hutton's 4 great OT saves bring it to the shootout. Can Hutton win the game for The Blues in the shootout?

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Shootout:
Schenn scores!!!

Hutton stops Hall!

Tarasenko scores!!!

Hutton stops Palmieri!! Blues Win!!!

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