|63||ST LOUIS||+130||Ov 5.5,+110||+115||Ov 5.5,+125|
|64||VANCOUVER||-150||Un 5.5,-130||-135||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-2-0||+2.8||5-2||+2.8||5-1||3.7||29.4||2.9||25.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.4||2-3||-3.4||4-0||3.2||26.0||4.0||25.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||48||20||13||12||3||2||412||11.7%||53||19||35.8%||85|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||7||26||13||6||5||2||2||206||12.6%||24||9||37.5%||44|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||8||4||3||1||0||130||12.3%||17||7||41.2%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||45||16||17||11||1||2||317||14.2%||53||12||22.6%||82|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||20||9||5||6||0||1||180||11.1%||33||8||24.2%||37|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||6||9||4||1||1||125||16.0%||15||2||13.3%||33|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||3||2||58||51||87.9%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||2-0|
|JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)||2||2||50||45||90.0%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||2-0|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||58||51||87.9%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||2-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||9||7||186||158||84.9%||0||2-5||-6.4||2-5-0||-7||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)||4||2||84||78||92.9%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||4||86||68||79.1%||0||0-4||-7.4||0-4-0||-8||3-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||5||5||72||64||88.9%||2||4-1||+2.8||4-1-0||+3||4-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)||3||3||45||37||82.2%||0||2-1||+0.8||2-1-0||+1||3-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||58||50||86.2%||1||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-3-0||+0.2||5-3||+0.2||3-5||2.9||28.5||2.4||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.2||4-1||+2.2||2-2||3.4||30.2||1.8||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||38||11||17||7||3||2||371||10.2%||61||10||16.4%||57|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||23||6||11||4||2||2||228||10.1%||32||6||18.7%||33|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||3||10||3||1||0||151||11.3%||20||3||15.0%||31|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||29||7||12||8||2||2||368||7.9%||54||11||20.4%||45|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||19||4||9||5||1||1||235||8.1%||32||6||18.7%||31|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||3||3||3||0||0||137||6.6%||19||3||15.8%||17|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||7||6||175||165||94.3%||1||4-2||+1.6||4-2-0||+2||0-5|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)||5||4||122||116||95.1%||1||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||0-4|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||99||96.1%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||0-4|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||7||7||193||176||91.2%||0||4-3||-0.4||4-3-0||-1||3-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)||4||4||113||101||89.4%||0||2-2||-1.4||2-2-0||-2||3-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||103||91.2%||0||2-2||-0.8||2-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.22, VANCOUVER 3.09|
|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||4-1||W||0, -200||W||5 ov||P|
|2/1/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||NASHVILLE||1-6||L||0, -200||L||5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||DETROIT||1-5||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||ANAHEIM||5-6||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|2/11/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||P|
|2/13/2013||at DETROIT||4-3||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at CALGARY||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|2/19/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|2/20/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|1/23/2013||CALGARY||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-0||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|1/30/2013||COLORADO||3-0||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||CHICAGO||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|2/4/2013||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-1||W||0, -125||W||5 un||P|
|2/9/2013||CALGARY||5-1||W||0, -205||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -235||W||5 ov||U|
|2/15/2013||DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|2/17/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/19/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/21/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|2/22/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|2/24/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|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: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-VANCOUVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blues-Canucks Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
St. Louis (8-5-1) at Vancouver (8-3-2), 9:00 p.m. EDT
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has made no secret he believes his team needs goaltender Jaroslav Halak back from injury as soon as possible, but rookie Jake Allen is proving to be a suitable replacement in the meantime.
He'll be staring across the ice Sunday night at a veteran who is having plenty of success in his own right.
Allen looks to win his third straight start when he faces the host Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo, who has yet to lose in regulation.
Halak has been out since suffering a groin injury in the first period of a loss to Detroit on Feb. 1, and backup Brian Elliott went 0-3-1 with a 5.04 goals-against average during the remainder of St. Louis' five-game losing streak.
The Blues (8-5-1), though, have won two straight with Allen between the pipes. He made 15 saves in his first career start to beat Detroit 4-3 on Wednesday before stopping 30 shots - one being a save-of-the-year candidate - in Friday's 5-2 win at Calgary.
While Hitchcock praised his 22-year-old goaltender, he still is hoping to have Halak back soon.
"This is now five periods of really strong hockey. Moving forward, we'll see if he gets another start and if he does, hopefully he can continue to play the same way," Hitchcock said.
"But, we need Halak back. He's a heck of a goalie and we need to get him back and running here."
With Halak still ailing, Allen will get the nod again after making a spectacular save on Calgary's T.J. Brodie that made plenty of highlight reels.
"Probably the best save of the year and impressive that he did that in his second NHL game," said David Perron, who scored twice.
Luongo, meanwhile, is proving he remains one of the NHL's best goaltenders despite being the subject of constantly swirling trade rumors. He's won four straight starts while posting a 0.96 GAA in that span after losing his first two in shootouts.
Luongo, whose 1.45 GAA leads the league, made 29 saves in Vancouver's 2-0 win over St. Louis in the most recent meeting March 1, improving his GAA to 2.12 in 30 career starts against the Blues, including the postseason.
Cory Schneider started Friday's 4-3 loss to Dallas that ended a six-game winning streak for the Canucks (8-3-2).
Henrik Sedin had two assists to become the franchise's all-time leading scorer, but Vancouver allowed each goal in 5-on-5 situations. It still ranks first in the league, though, allowing 15 even-strength goals.
"That just doesn't happen to this team," Sedin said. "There are going to be games when these things happen. We've just got to move on and be better on Sunday."
Ryan Kesler had an assist in his season debut after having shoulder and wrist surgery.
"He had good energy and a good jump on the ice," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He played more than I had wanted him to, but he looked good."
Vancouver concludes a four-game homestand Sunday and could have its hands full with a Blues team ending a three-game road trip. Though St. Louis has played well following its recent skid, Hitchcock believes it's capable of being better.
"For us to get to the next level, we have to collectively enjoy the competition and not want it to be something different," Hitchcock said. "For me, we need to find 60 minutes in our game. We've been playing 40 minutes but we've had our foot off the accelerator. We're making some strides but we aren't there yet."
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 6:59:29 PM EST|