|13||ST LOUIS||-115||Ov 5,+100||-110||Ov 5,+100|
|14||MINNESOTA||-105||Un 5,-120||-110||Un 5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13-8-0||+4.8||13-8||+4.8||11-7||3.0||28.2||2.6||24.7|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5.3||5-0||+5.3||1-3||2.6||23.2||1.0||26.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||38||107||33||33||34||7||6||1054||10.2%||116||25||21.6%||184|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||21||64||23||17||19||5||4||592||10.8%||56||11||19.6%||107|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||6||4||1||2||116||11.2%||9||1||11.1%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||98||29||37||30||2||4||924||10.6%||124||20||16.1%||174|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||54||17||17||19||1||2||519||10.4%||78||15||19.2%||94|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||0||4||1||0||0||131||3.8%||12||0||0.0%||9|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||13||12||315||287||91.1%||1||9-3||+4.8||9-3-0||+5||6-6|
|JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)||6||6||151||134||88.7%||0||5-1||+4.4||5-1-0||+4||5-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||81||73||90.1%||0||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-1||0-4|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||15||11||320||283||88.4%||0||5-6||-4.4||5-6-0||-5||5-3|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)||10||6||218||203||93.1%||0||4-2||+2.1||4-2-0||+2||1-3|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||95||96.0%||0||3-0||+3.2||3-0-0||+3||1-2|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||16||15||286||257||89.9%||3||8-7||+0.1||8-7-0||+1||8-6|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)||9||9||148||128||86.5%||1||4-5||-1.6||4-5-0||-1||5-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||73||67||91.8%||0||1-2||-1.4||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|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)||13-6-0||+5.6||13-6||+5.6||7-9||2.5||29.8||2.2||26.7|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.3||1-4||-3.3||1-3||1.2||25.0||2.4||25.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||103||24||42||30||7||6||1101||9.4%||131||24||18.3%||176|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||19||48||12||17||14||5||3||566||8.5%||70||10||14.3%||83|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||0||5||1||0||0||125||4.8%||11||2||18.2%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||98||32||33||31||2||2||1092||9.0%||121||21||17.4%||162|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||41||13||15||12||1||1||507||8.1%||61||8||13.1%||62|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||5||5||2||0||0||126||9.5%||14||2||14.3%||14|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||33||32||880||805||91.5%||1||19-13||+5||19-13-0||+4||14-16|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||17||16||442||406||91.9%||1||10-6||+2.5||10-6-0||+2||7-7|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||90||83||92.2%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||5||3||117||108||92.3%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||2||87||80||92.0%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.17, MINNESOTA 3.13|
|3/16/2013||ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||at VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/23/2013||at EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/24/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||EDMONTON||0-3||L||0, -230||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, -120||L||5 un||O|
|4/1/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||P|
|4/4/2013||at CHICAGO||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2013||COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at DETROIT||1-0||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -130||W||5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|4/12/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|4/21/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/16/2013||at COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||U|
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ev||O|
|3/23/2013||SAN JOSE||2-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ev||P|
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||O|
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/15/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|4/16/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|4/18/2013||at 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: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blues-Wild Preview* ====================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
St. Louis (22-14-2) at Minnesota (22-15-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Prior to facing the Minnesota Wild about a week and a half ago, the St. Louis Blues were clinging to the Western Conference's final playoff spot before a victory got them started on a season-best run.
Minnesota's defeat in that contest began a tailspin that's mainly been the result of an offensive slump.
Visiting St. Louis looks to extend its winning streak to six games by taking a fifth consecutive meeting from the Wild on Thursday night.
The Blues (22-14-2) have bolstered their playoff chances with their surge, which started with a 4-1 win at Minnesota on April 1. They've outscored opponents 13-5 during their run, due in large part to the resurgent goaltending of Brian Elliott.
After going 0-5-1 with a 4.56 goals-against average Feb. 1-March 5, leading to a short stint in the minors, Elliott has won four games during the streak with a 1.07 GAA. He beat Detroit on Sunday and Nashville on Tuesday by 1-0 scores.
St. Louis holds a three-point cushion over eighth-seeded Detroit and trails fourth-place Los Angeles by two.
"We were in the playoff picture for a while, and then teams were catching us and we were looking over our shoulders," said Elliott, who made 19 saves versus the Wild in relief of the injured Jaroslav Halak in the last meeting. "Now we've got to look up and catch other teams. That's the way you want to do it. You want to be on your toes and going after teams."
Alexander Steen scored Tuesday for the Blues, who last won six straight during a seven-game run Oct. 22-Nov. 7, 2010.
"We've been consistent and confident," Steen said. "I think we still can lift ourselves a couple more notches."
By contrast, the Wild (22-15-2) have gone 1-4-0 starting with the loss to St. Louis. They've scored six goals and been shut out twice during the slump, including a 1-0 loss to Chicago on Tuesday.
Minnesota was eight points ahead of St. Louis and tied with Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead prior to the defeat to the Blues, who have since tied the Wild in the standings and have a game in hand.
Other than a 3-0 win over Columbus on Sunday, coach Mike Yeo's team hasn't had much to celebrate lately.
"We've given up one goal in two games. I think you'd sign up for that most of the time," Yeo said. "We need some offense from somebody other than our top line."
Zach Parise, Minnesota's leader with 15 goals, hasn't scored in the past five games.
"You have to have some pretty thick skin to make a long playoff run," Parise said. "I think we're getting there. We're starting to play some playoff-type games in a playoff atmospheres. We have to win those types of games because that's what we're going to see from now on."
They'll have to do it without forward Dany Heatley, who's done for the season after surgery on his left shoulder.
"Injuries are part of the game," Yeo said. "We have to keep going."
Minnesota has been outscored 17-7 in going 0-2-2 in its last four versus the Blues.
The Wild's Niklas Backstrom has stopped 54 of the last 55 shots he's faced, but he's allowed nine goals in two starts versus St. Louis this season.
|Last Updated: 12/26/2014 6:45:53 AM EST|