|51||EDMONTON||+160||Ov 5,-125||+150||Ov 5,-125|
|52||ST LOUIS||-180||Un 5,+105||-170||Un 5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-5-0||-0.6||4-5||-0.6||2-7||2.4||24.7||2.2||34.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.8||2-3||-0.8||1-3||2.4||30.4||2.4||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||19||47||13||15||15||4||5||558||8.4%||89||20||22.5%||81|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9||22||7||6||7||2||2||222||9.9%||43||7||16.3%||37|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||5||3||1||1||152||7.9%||22||4||18.2%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||50||14||17||15||4||3||636||7.9%||87||11||12.6%||85|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||20||4||8||6||2||2||308||6.5%||45||5||11.1%||30|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||3||6||1||1||170||7.1%||19||2||10.5%||21|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||15||15||466||429||92.1%||0||7-8||-1||7-8-0||-1||4-9|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||7||7||243||230||94.7%||0||4-3||+1.4||4-3-0||+1||2-5|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||92||89.3%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||5||4||154||144||93.5%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||0-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||2||2||64||59||92.2%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||124||116||93.5%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4-6-0||-5.8||4-6||-5.8||5-4||2.5||27.6||3.1||20.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||1-4||1.4||25.2||2.0||23.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||19||55||23||14||14||4||3||538||10.2%||66||19||28.8%||97|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10||25||9||7||8||1||0||276||9.1%||38||10||26.3%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||7||3||1||2||1||1||126||5.6%||13||0||0.0%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||55||19||19||15||2||2||436||12.6%||67||14||20.9%||97|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||31||8||14||8||1||1||205||15.1%||29||4||13.8%||55|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||2||4||1||0||119||8.4%||14||2||14.3%||15|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||5||4||114||102||89.5%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||2||1||33||29||87.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||96||90.6%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||9||7||186||158||84.9%||0||2-5||-6.4||2-5-0||-7||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||5||5||102||80||78.4%||0||1-4||-6.4||1-4-0||-7||4-0|
|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)||8||8||135||122||90.4%||3||5-3||+1.5||5-3-0||+2||4-4|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||4||4||70||66||94.3%||2||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||74||67||90.5%||1||1-3||-2.5||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.14, ST LOUIS 3.21|
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||P|
|2/16/2013||COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||U|
|2/21/2013||MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ev||U|
|2/23/2013||PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||P|
|2/25/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||at DALLAS||5-1||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||O|
|3/1/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/3/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/5/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/7/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|3/8/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/10/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/12/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|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||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/19/2013||SAN JOSE||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/20/2013||at COLORADO||0-1||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -230||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CHICAGO||0-3||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|3/3/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/5/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/7/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/9/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/10/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/12/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (EDMONTON-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Blues Preview* ======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Edmonton (7-7-4) at St. Louis (10-6-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
It took a game against the NHL's worst team last week for the St. Louis Blues to avoid their longest home losing streak in six seasons.
Maybe a visit by the Edmonton Oilers can help the Blues protect their home ice.
Coming off its first home shutout loss in two seasons, St. Louis goes for a sixth straight victory with the Oilers in town on Friday night when these clubs open their season series.
St. Louis (10-7-2) held a 14-4 scoring edge while winning its first three home games, but it followed with an 0-4-1 skid against road teams that ended with Saturday's 2-1 victory over Columbus.
The well-rested Blues couldn't build on that on Thursday, losing 3-0 to Chicago, which ran its NHL-record season-opening point streak to 20.
It was the first time St. Louis didn't score at home since a 6-0 loss to Calgary on March 1, 2011. The Blues have found the back of the net three times while losing three of four, so they can't afford to give up another early goal after falling behind just 12 seconds into Thursday's game.
"We've got to improve that," captain David Backes told the Blues' official website. "That's on our shoulders."
The Blues, who open a five-game trip Sunday against Dallas, also need to start capitalizing on the power play. They've failed in all 13 chances over the last five games after converting 12 of 32 times in the previous eight contests.
Alex Steen, tied for second on the club with seven power-play points, is day-to-day after missing Thursday's game with an upper-body injury, but Andy McDonald won't be able to help after being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Both players were hurt in Tuesday's practice.
The Blues, though, are 9-1-1 in their last 11 against Edmonton (8-7-4) after winning three of four last season.
The Oilers' last victory in St. Louis was 5-3 on Dec. 11, 2009.
Edmonton, though, arrives on the heels of Thursday's 5-1 victory over Dallas that helped the club improve to 1-1-0 on a franchise-record nine-game trip.
"It's a good feeling here tonight, and we just gotta keep those same habits and keep it rolling," said Sam Gagner, who scored 1:13 into the game to increase his team-high point total to 19.
Edmonton won a season-best two straight from Jan. 28-30.
The Oilers, though, could equal that with another solid effort in net from Devan Dubnyk, who made 33 saves on Thursday in his first action in a week after Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.
Dubnyk, though, has a 4.83 goals-against average while losing all six starts versus St. Louis.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Brian Elliott, who hasn't played since losing his fifth consecutive start on Feb. 11, would start either Friday or Sunday. If it's Friday, it will be Elliott's first game against Edmonton in two seasons.
Jaroslav Halak was in net for each meeting in 2011-12. He turned aside 66 of 71 shots to help St. Louis win the last three.
Edmonton's Taylor Hall, who had an assist Thursday after serving a two-game suspension for kneeing Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck last week, tied Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a team-best three points against the Blues in 2011-12.
Backes and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo each had five points to pace St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 9:33:48 AM EST|