|7||ST LOUIS||-170||Ov 5,-140||-170||Ov 5,-140|
|8||COLUMBUS||+150||Un 5,+120||+150||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-1-0||+1||2-1||+1||2-1||3.3||35.0||3.0||24.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||3-2||3.6||32.6||2.6||20.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||24||7||7||8||2||1||199||12.1%||21||7||33.3%||41|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||10||3||3||3||1||1||105||9.5%||7||2||28.6%||16|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||5||5||6||2||1||163||11.0%||16||3||18.7%||30|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||15||5||3||6||1||1||133||11.3%||13||7||53.8%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||13||5||5||3||0||0||117||11.1%||24||6||25.0%||26|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||5||2||2||0||0||74||12.2%||13||4||30.8%||18|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||5||5||3||0||0||103||12.6%||20||6||30.0%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||6||3||2||1||0||0||78||7.7%||17||3||17.6%||12|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||3||2||56||49||87.5%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)||2||1||40||37||92.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (vs. Division)||2||1||40||37||92.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||3||2||56||49||87.5%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||4||4||61||55||90.2%||2||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||3-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)||2||2||34||28||82.4%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||2-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (vs. Division)||3||3||38||35||92.1%||2||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||61||55||90.2%||2||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||3-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-1||1-2||-1||1-2||2.3||28.7||2.7||30.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||1-4||1.4||26.2||3.2||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||13||2||5||5||1||1||192||6.8%||34||4||11.8%||23|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||7||1||2||4||0||0||86||8.1%||19||2||10.5%||14|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||7||1||3||3||0||0||131||5.3%||25||1||4.0%||13|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||8||2||2||3||1||1||87||9.2%||14||3||21.4%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||7||6||8||1||1||221||10.0%||26||3||11.5%||40|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||8||1||4||2||1||1||91||8.8%||15||1||6.7%||13|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||5||4||7||0||0||145||11.0%||18||2||11.1%||30|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||3||3||2||1||1||100||9.0%||12||1||8.3%||15|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||4||4||129||119||92.2%||1||2-2||+0.5||2-2-0||+1||1-3|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Home Games)||2||2||67||63||94.0%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)||2||2||76||71||93.4%||0||1-1||+0.5||1-1-0||+1||1-1|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||119||92.2%||1||2-2||+0.5||2-2-0||+1||1-3|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||3||3||92||81||88.0%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|STEVE MASON (Home Games)||1||1||24||21||87.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|STEVE MASON (vs. Division)||1||1||24||21||87.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||3||3||92||81||88.0%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3, COLUMBUS 2.99|
|1/19/2013||DETROIT||6-0||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at NASHVILLE||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||MINNESOTA||5-4||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|2/1/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/11/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|1/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||at PHOENIX||1-5||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at COLORADO||0-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/28/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/5/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/11/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|ST LOUIS: |
LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.
LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.
OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.
LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-COLUMBUS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with new 13th graf with Blue Jackets recalling Audy-Marchessault and Erixon.)
*Blues-Blue Jackets Preview* ============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
St. Louis (5-1-0) at Columbus (2-4-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Blues have been getting plenty of offensive production throughout their lineup.
The struggling Columbus Blue Jackets are just looking for someone to step up after trading star forward Rick Nash last summer.
St. Louis will try to extend its best start in 15 seasons on Thursday night when the Blue Jackets open their longest homestand of the season.
Playing six games in the opening nine days of the season was a daunting task, but the Blues (5-1-0) completed that stretch with three straight wins following a 3-2 road loss at Chicago on Jan. 22.
Led by Chris Stewart and Vladimir Tarsenko, who each have four goals, seven Blues have found the back of the net at least twice. Nine have recorded at least four points in St. Louis' quickest start since opening 7-1-0 in 1997-98.
"Everybody's scoring right now, so it's working good," defenseman Roman Polak told the Blues' official website after assisting on Vladimir Sobotka's game-winner in their last game, Sunday's 5-4 overtime victory over Minnesota.
It's a different story in Columbus, where the Blue Jackets will play their next six games. They are struggling to score goals without Nash, who was traded to the New York Rangers in July after leading the team in goals and points in each of the previous five seasons.
Center Artem Anisimov, who was acquired in that deal, is tied with Mark Letestu and Vinny Prospal with a team-high two goals. That trio has combined for four of the Blue Jackets' seven goals during their last five games.
The lack of scoring makes it even more critical for Columbus (2-4-1) to avoid falling behind. They've given up the first goal five times, been outscored 7-2 in the first period and have fallen behind 2-0 on three occasions. The Blue Jackets were down by two in the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Minnesota.
"We play our best hockey when we're playing from behind, but it seems like we're always playing from behind," said defenseman Jack Johnson, whose third-period power-play goal was the team's first score with the man advantage in five games. "It would be nice to get a lead for a change."
More shots would also be nice after Columbus had a season-low 19.
The Blues, though, are yielding a league-low 19.5 shots per contest.
Columbus is hoping a pair of call-ups can generate a spark after center Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and defenseman Tim Erixon were recalled Wednesday. Marchessault had 16 goals and a team-high 45 points in 42 games for the Falcons, while Erixon led all Springfield defensemen with five goals and 24 assists in 40 games.
It's uncertain if Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott will be in net for Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, the Blue Jackets former coach, but either one could give Columbus fits.
Halak is 3-0-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and two shutouts in four starts, and another clean sheet would tie Glenn Hall's franchise record of 16. Halak, though, has allowed six goals on 34 shots in his two road starts.
Elliott won both of his starts against the Blue Jackets last season, giving up one goal each time.
First-year Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has yet to face St. Louis.
Backup Steve Mason has turned aside 60 of 62 shots while winning his last two starts against the visiting Blues.
St. Louis won 2-1 in its last visit to Nationwide Arena on March 11, and has won four of five there.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 12:27:21 AM EST|