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BlueNote57 02-22-2012 01:06 AM

Game #60 - Blues vs Bruins - 7pm CST




Bruins seek to find scoring against stingy Blues


Last 10: Boston 4-6-0; St. Louis 7-3-0

Season Series: This is the only meeting of the season between the Bruins and Blues. They haven't played each other since Nov. 6, 2010, when T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout to lead St. Louis to a 2-1 win in Boston.

Big Story: Although the Bruins have four games in hand, their lead in the Northeast Division has shrunk to just two points over the Senators. The bigger concern, though, should be scoring more goals. A team that was an offensive juggernaut while tearing through its competition in November and December has been shut out four times in nine games this month. Boston figures to have its work cut out against a St. Louis squad whose 1.88 goals-against average leads the NHL.

Team Scope:

Blues: Game in and game out, St. Louis continues to receive solid-to-spectacular goaltending from its tandem of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. Elliott blanked Minnesota on Saturday and was right back in net against Central rival Chicago on Sunday, where he extended his shutout streak to over 160 minutes as the Blackhawks Blues carried a 1-0 lead into the third period. It came on the strength of an Andy McDonald goal with 24 seconds left in the first, but the Blues never built on it and the Hawks rallied in the final 15:08 to hand them a 3-1 loss.

"We need to be better all around and not have it go down to 10 minutes left, where we're on our heels and they're really bringing the pressure to us," forward David Backes said in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's a case of not sticking to our game long enough."

Bruins: Lack of effort could hardly be blamed for Boston getting shut out in Minnesota during "Hockey Day In America" on Sunday. The Bruins put 48 shots on Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom -- including 22 in the third period -- and had nothing to show for it but a 2-0 defeat. Second-period goals by Chad Rau and Matt Cullen a little over five minutes apart were all Tim Thomas allowed, as he finished with 27 saves. Tyler Seguin and Joe Corvo each fired six shots and David Krejci had five, but they and their teammates were left consistently shaking their heads.

"Like we've told the guys, we can either be bitter or better, and let's work on getting better here," coach Claude Julien said. "And that's what we're going to try to do here in the next few days."

Who's Hot: McDonald has scored in three consecutive games for the Blues. His linemates, Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Berglund, each have three-game assist streaks. Elliott saw his five-game win streak end Sunday, but still hasn't allowed more than two goals in a game since a Jan. 12 start against the Canucks.

Injury Report: Boston forward Rich Peverley is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained right MCL, while forward Nathan Horton remains on injured reserve with a concussion. … St. Louis placed Langenbrunner on injured reserve Tuesday due to a broken foot suffered in the game against Chicago. Halak, who didn't dress for the last two games because of the flu, is expected to be back in uniform. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has missed three straight with a sprained wrist. Forwards Alex Steen (concussion-like symptoms) and Matt D'Agostini (head) are on injured reserve.

Stat Pack: Despite the offensive slump, the Bruins remain second in the League with an average of 3.21 goals per game. … David Perron is fourth on the Blues in scoring with 27 points despite having played in only 34 games this season.

Puck Drop: There will be a pre-game tribute to Keith Tkachuk, who scored 208 of his 538 career goals during two stints for St. Louis from 2000-10 and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December. Tkachuk had 427 points in 543 games with the franchise.

puckerdude10 02-22-2012 01:18 AM

Somebody is up late and ready to go. Anyway go Blues cant wait to watch the game but Im going to bed now. O and we win 3-1 :yo:

Use the Schwartz* 02-22-2012 01:28 AM

Nice GDT!

Didn't realize we had more points then Boston. Should be a good game as long as Elliot plays well.

Seeing all those OT/shootout loses makes you wonder, if our players were somewhat decent in the SO, we could be running away with the Central right now..

h22prelude93 02-22-2012 01:32 AM

Whoa where am I?...Is this an actual GDT with lines and stats, and reports, and everything!? Well done sir...very impressive. I say Blues win 2-1 in a nail bitter. I'll be at the Scotch for this one...hopefully I bump into one of those cute FSN Girls. Go Blues!!!

SoulChaser17 02-22-2012 01:54 AM

Elliot is starting again? What the crap, Halak needs his 100th win still. Give the start to him.

Boston has been failing a lot lately. I'm not too worried about this game, but still... Bruins are a great team, hopefully we're not the ones that get them out of their slump.

On another note, I can't help but joke about how the Jackets beat the Sharks. Must have been the ice again :sarcasm:

CarvinSigX 02-22-2012 01:55 AM

Great job on the GDT! I could get used to seeing these. Boston has a well rounded team, so this should be a very tough match up. That being said, they're still an Eastern team, so I have to go with the Blues in this one. Final score is 3-2.

Fred Murtz 02-22-2012 02:23 AM

I also want to give some love to the folks who put up the GDTs. Merci beau coup! :handclap:

Now we need to ruck up and march. Let's have another Timmah meltdown game.


SoulChaser17 02-22-2012 04:31 AM






Sushiko 02-22-2012 09:04 AM

I would have thought Halak would start. Could he still be sick? Great GDT by the way! Go Blues!

Chojin 02-22-2012 09:11 AM

We're at home, so... going to have to go with the Blues. 2-1.

jimmykay 02-22-2012 09:14 AM

I don't mind giving Halak an extra day to get back to 100%

the flu can be a pain in the ass like that.

letmesleep 02-22-2012 09:23 AM

For the record, our P% is only 66.9%, not 69.9%. No big deal though.

Blanick 02-22-2012 09:40 AM

Really psyched for this one, have been all year.

Haven't heard if McDonald was good to go, I know he has the flu. If he is in I would like to see him continue his point streak.

Dolph Ziggler 02-22-2012 09:45 AM

Time to show the champs who's bad now :yo:

SirPaste 02-22-2012 10:04 AM

Tonigh should be a great game, and BTW im pretty sure I saw a tweet saying that Carlo is in for Huskins tonight

dao256 02-22-2012 10:06 AM

Feeling good about this one!

3-1 STL

STL: McDonald, Sobotka, Perron (EN)
BOS: Lucic

Boombox Generation 02-22-2012 10:07 AM

This should be a good game. I'm glad we're at home and are catching the Bruins in while they're cold.

bluesfan94 02-22-2012 10:33 AM

I can't wait for this game. It's gonna be a great game.

jimmykay 02-22-2012 10:40 AM

Blues win 19-0 everyone gets a goal. Even Elliot puts in an empty netter.

PocketNines 02-22-2012 11:11 AM

Too bad they broke the crazy streak awhile back or I'd be talking about how it's DEBATE NIGHT.

Slight tweak to Bruins starting lines:




PocketNines 02-22-2012 11:18 AM

Blues points percentage also .669 not .699

1. NYR .698
2. DET .689
3. VAN .683
4. STL .669
5. NSH .633
6. BOS .632
7. NJ .627
8. PHI .619
9. PIT .608
10. CHI .598
11. SJ .595
12. PHX .575
13. OTT .574
14. FLA .560
15. LA .550
16. TOR .542
17. CGY .542

PocketNines 02-22-2012 11:26 AM

McDonald on the ice in morning skate. Good news relative to the flu. Would've been ugly otherwise.

I have to say, guys, I have kind of a bad feeling about this whole week. I hope I'm wrong.

ItsOnlytheRiver 02-22-2012 11:31 AM


Originally Posted by PocketNines (Post 44639303)
McDonald on the ice in morning skate. Good news relative to the flu. Would've been ugly otherwise.

I have to say, guys, I have kind of a bad feeling about this whole week. I hope I'm wrong.

What's the big deal? Just another division rival on the second night of back to back in their building. Seems like we've had a lot of those this year. Four I can think of going back to just the end of December.

bluesfan94 02-22-2012 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by ItsOnlytheRiver (Post 44639545)
What's the big deal? Just another division rival on the second night of back to back in their building. Seems like we've had a lot of those this year. Four I can think of going back to just the end of December.

This is the fifth since the beginning of January

ItsOnlytheRiver 02-22-2012 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by bluesfan94 (Post 44639775)
This is the fifth since the beginning of January

Not on the road against division foes. I was speaking about the more specific situation I was referring to.

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