GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMOX

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GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMOX

Postby dmiles2186 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:57 am

This is the moment you've all been waiting for. Finally, Kris Russell....is BACK!....at the KielSavvisTrade.

FLAMES (6-7-2) at BLUES (9-2-2)

TV: SNET-CGY, FS-MW

Last 10: Calgary 3-7-0; St. Louis 6-2-2

Season series: The St. Louis Blues won two of the three games against the Calgary Flames in 2012-13, including a 4-1 victory in the series finale on April 25 at Scottrade Center. This is the first of three meetings this season. The teams will next meet at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Dec. 23.

Big story: Blues left wing Alexander Steen continued his torrid start when he connected for his 13th goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Steen has points in eight straight games and leads the NHL in goals. Steen had a career-high 24 goals in 2009-10 and 51 points in 2010-11. The Blues have won four of their past five games.

Team Scope:

Flames: Calgary dropped a 5-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. The Flames had no answer for the line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle, which combined for seven points at Xcel Energy Center.

After rookie goalie Reto Berra earned an impressive 3-2 overtime victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the 26-year-old allowed five goals on 24 shots against the Wild. Jiri Hudler opened the scoring 5:24 into the first to give the Flames a 1-0 edge. Wing Curtis Glencross sustained a lower-body injury in the second and didn't return.

Berra, who came to the Flames from the Blues late last season in the trade that sent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, will start against his former organization on Thursday.

"We feel that with the day off today, it's a good spot to put him back," coach Bob Hartley said.

Blues: Goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped Tomas Plekanec's penalty shot with 48.9 seconds remaining in the third period and then denied Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty in the shootout to help beat his former team at Bell Centre on Tuesday. He finished with 25 saves.

Halak, 28, was playing his second game in Montreal and his third against the Canadiens since being traded to the Blues in the summer of 2010. He led the Blues to a 4-1 win at home against the Canadiens on March 10, 2011, and shut out Montreal 3-0 at Bell Centre on Jan. 10, 2012, getting a standing ovation from the crowd after he was named the game's first star.

"It's always great to come back to the Bell Centre and play here," said Halak, who played for the Canadiens from 2006-10. "It's more fun when we win."

Who's hot: Hudler has two goals and seven points in the past eight games for the Flames. ... Blues captain David Backes has two goals and nine points in the past eight games.

Injury report: For the Flames, Glencross (lower body) is questionable and Christopher Breen (abdominal injury) and Lee Stempniak (broken foot) are both out indefinitely. Flames captain Mark Giordano (broken ankle) is out until early December. ... The Blues are without forwards Magnus Paajarvi (upper body) and Brenden Morrow (upper body).
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby gaijin » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:06 am

Really? That's the compelling pregame story? Rookie goalie Reto Berra facing the team that traded him? :facepalm:

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby dmiles2186 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:23 am

gaijin wrote:Really? That's the compelling pregame story? Rookie goalie Reto Berra facing the team that traded him? :facepalm:

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:


'Twas being quite sarcastic w/ the pregame headline. :mrgreen:
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby gaijin » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:34 am

dmiles2186 wrote:
gaijin wrote:Really? That's the compelling pregame story? Rookie goalie Reto Berra facing the team that traded him? :facepalm:

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:


'Twas being quite sarcastic w/ the pregame headline. :mrgreen:


No, no- I was facepalming the game preview and its focus on Berra facing the Blues, not your comments.
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby sseagle » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:12 am

(Frank) the fLames!
Might skip this one.
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby ibldbl » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:45 am

sseagle wrote:(Frank) the fLames!
Might skip this one.


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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby ViPeRx007 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:36 pm

I'll be in FlashChat, but only because I want to be.

60 minutes of effort, or at least more than 20 (I'm looking at you, last game) please.

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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby dmiles2186 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:36 pm

Not comforting that they almost blew a 3 goal lead. That said, it's hard to complain about 2 points. Another Steener goal doesn't hurt. Elliott was solid and almost had an empty netter. On to face Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby cardsfan04 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:07 pm

dmiles2186 wrote:Not comforting that they almost blew a 3 goal lead. That said, it's hard to complain about 2 points. Another Steener goal doesn't hurt. Elliott was solid and almost had an empty netter. On to face Pittsburgh on Saturday.


It seemed like they got too comfortable and eased up when they went up 3-0. That drives me nuts. The only thing they should be thinking about when they go up 3-0 is going up 4-0.
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby ComradeT » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:10 am

Good to see another win. I only watched highlights, so I can't comment on the whole thing but a couple of good things for sure were a goal from Tarasenko (1st in 9), and another goal by the NHL's leading goal scorer. Speaking of which - great to see Steen using a variety of shots really well. It was all about slapshot in the previous couple of years, now he's got a pretty good wrist shot and a decent backhand.

The bad thing was obviously letting Calgary back into the game in the 2nd. What happened there? Obviously, not too bad as the Blues held on for the win but against a better team it could've been different.
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Re: GDT #14: 11/7/13 > Blues vs. Flames > 7:00 PM > FSMW/KMO

Postby AlsWoodenStick » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:55 am

ComradeT wrote:The bad thing was obviously letting Calgary back into the game in the 2nd. What happened there? Obviously, not too bad as the Blues held on for the win but against a better team it could've been different.


I was at the game, got last minute box seats from a friend. From what I saw, it wasn't too complicated; a good team that's been on the road for a while was facing a not-so-great team on home ice, got out to an early lead, started coasting, then Hitch falled a timeout and got them focused again. I'm ok with a game or two like this.
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