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Game #7: St. Louis Blues vs Carolina Hurricanes


2-4-0 VS. 3-2-1

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TEAM COMPARISONS


WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


LAST TIME


STARTING LINEUPS

BLUES


Sobotka - Backes - Stewart
Porter - Berglund - Oshie
Steen - Arnott - Langenbrunner
D'Agostini - Nichol - Grachev

Huskins - Pietrangelo
Jackman - Shattenkirk
Colaiacovo - Polak

Elliott
Halak

Injuries (counting today's game)
Andy McDonald: Mr. Concussion - 4 game lost
David Perron: Post-concussion syndrome - 7 games lost
Carlo Colaiacovo: Being himself - 5 game lost - Returned 10/21/11
BJ Crombeen: wonky shoulder - 7 games lost

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 24

**Last I heard Colaiacovo will not play today so I am still listing him as injured, will look to update later.

HURRICANES

Ponikarovsky - Staal - Ruutu
Skinner - Jokinen - LaRose
Tlusty - Sutter - Dwyer
Sutter - Brent - Stewart

Allen - Gleason
Pitkanen - McBain
Kaberle - Harrison

Ward
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Season Series: This is the first of two meetings this season between Carolina and St. Louis. The Hurricanes won the only meeting between the two a year ago, a 2-1 shootout victory at Scottrade Center on Dec. 11, 2010.

Big Story: As the Hurricanes hit the home stretch of an early-season four-game road trip, they'll look to take two points in St. Louis, where the Blues are off to a disappointing start.

Team Scope:

Hurricanes: The 2011-12 season got off to a quick and painful start for Carolina, which dropped its first three games in a span of just four days. But the 'Canes have found their legs in the past 10 days; since losing at New Jersey in a Columbus Day matinee on Oct. 10, they have won three straight against fairly impressive competition. One of those wins came against a Buffalo team widely expected to compete in the East while the other two both came against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins -- one at home and the other in Boston.

A big reason for the turnaround is goalie Cam Ward, who has stopped 98 of the 104 shots he's faced during the three wins. As a result, Carolina is close behind division-leading Washington. The opportunity to make more ground lies ahead. After the Canes finish their current four-game road swing, they'll play five of their next six at home.

Blues: After opening the season with thoughts of a playoff berth, things haven't gone too smoothly in St. Louis. The Blues are in a difficult stretch in which they play eight of nine games on the road, with Friday's game against Carolina the only pit stop at home. The Blues went 1-3-0 in the first four games of that stretch -- losses that have been particularly rough for netminder Jaroslav Halak. In his last three games he's given up 11 goals, including four on 18 shots before he was pulled in a 5-0 loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Who's Hot: Alex Steen had three goals and two assists in the first five games of the season before the Blues' shutout loss to L.A. ... In addition to scoring the game-winner against Boston on Tuesday, Joni Pitkanen has five points in his last three games.

Injury Report: Zac Dalpe is doubtful for the Canes with a lower-body injury. … Defenseman Taylor Chorney is questionable for the Blues with a knee injury. No. 1 center Andy McDonald (concussion) is on IR; defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (upper-body injury) says he expects to play.

Stat Pack : As the Hurricanes prepare to wrap up their four-game road trip in Winnipeg Saturday night, Friday's stop in the Gateway City could feel a little like home. Carolina hasn't lost in St. Louis since Jan. 5, 2008, nearly four years ago.

Puck Drop: Friday's game marks the first NHL meeting between St. Louis forward Chris Stewart and his older brother, Anthony, a forward with the Hurricanes. Though Chris is in his fourth NHL season and Anthony in his sixth, they've never faced each other.

Chris has better numbers (69 goals to 20; 138 points to 53), but he says he owes his career to his big brother, who persuaded him to forsake football for a career on the ice.

"If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today," Chris said. "He obviously set the bar high for the footsteps to fall in the family. Just watching him growing up and learning that power forward game firsthand, he's the one I learned it from."



HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The day Anthony Stewart came back home from his Ontario Hockey League team, the Kingston Frontenacs, and watched his 6-foot-2, 260-pound brother Chris playing a pickup hockey game, he immediately knew he had to take an initiative.

It was Anthony Stewart, the oldest of Norman and Susan Stewart's seven children, who felt like he needed to push younger brother Chris to the ice and away from the gridiron, even though Chris excelled in football. It was Chris Stewart, a multitalented athlete growing up, who made the choice of walking away from the ice when he was 14. Anthony guided his little brother toward what turned out to be a career choice when Chris was just 16.

"He was a natural athlete," Anthony said of Chris. "He was just a little heavy and was playing football. He had a couple offers for collegiate football. But I watched a pickup game of his and he had really good hands and he was actually really fast.

Nine years later, here they are: Anthony and Chris Stewart, of Jamaican and Irish heritage, who lost their mother five years ago to a heart attack, both playing in the NHL. They'll be adversaries when the puck drops Friday night, hitting an NHL ice surface together for the first time when Anthony's Carolina Hurricanes visit Chris' St. Louis Blues on Friday night at Scottrade Center.

They have faced one another previously in the minor leagues and also played together there, but there were two previous opportunities for the brothers to square off in the NHL that never materialized. Chris, 23, was in Colorado when Anthony, 26, was a healthy scratch in Florida. The Avalanche played Anthony's Atlanta Thrashers last season, but the matchup never occurred because Chris broke his hand in a fight the previous game at Minnesota.

"The hockey gods didn't want us playing against each other," Anthony said. "It's exciting to go out there and see some of the good things he's doing firsthand. The main thing is getting two points, but it's exciting nonetheless."

Chris agreed.

"I'm excited," he said. "I felt like it's been a long time and a long time overdue. We went for dinner (Wednesday) night, and I'm sure we'll go for dinner again tonight. I look forward to tomorrow.

"Hopefully nothing happens to one of us today. We'll get out there tomorrow."

Nobody could have predicted that one Stewart brother, let alone two, would make it to the NHL. Their parents had a lot to do with it, considering Norman Stewart migrated from his native Jamaica in 1974 to Montreal in search of a better life. Living in Scarborough, Ont., in a particularly tough neighborhood, Norman Stewart introduced his sons to hockey. He didn't want the boys going down the wrong path.

Not only did Norman Stewart find a better life, but he found one that included a love for hockey.

"It's a big day for our family. They're going to be watching," Anthony said of the first meeting between the Stewart brothers. "They're not going to make it in, but they're definitely excited and the buddies back home are texting us asking if we're going to fight. We'll be fighting on the score sheet. That's probably about it."

The brothers are working on getting a visa for their father to get him into the United States, but for now, a couch and television set will have to do.

"If you know my dad, he's comfortable at home in front of a TV," Chris said. "It's going to feel good either way, but I'm sure he'd want to be here in person. We've got a rematch in Carolina later on in the year. Maybe he'll make it to that one.

"He loves the game. He watches every game. I'm sure he'll feel like a kid on Christmas watching tomorrow."

Chris has the better numbers of the two power forwards, with 69 goals and 138 points in 198 career games in his fourth season. Anthony has 20 goals and 53 points in 191 career games in this, his sixth season. But going into their matchup, all Chris can talk about is the push he got from his big brother.

"If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today," Chris said. "He obviously set the bar high for the footsteps to follow in the family. Just watching him growing up and learning that power forward game firsthand, he's the one I learned it from."

And make no mistake: Anthony is a proud big brother.
"I'm excited. I felt like it's been a long time and a long time overdue. We went for dinner (Wednesday) night, and I'm sure we'll go for dinner again tonight. I look forward to tomorrow." -- Chris Stewart

"From seeing him where he was five or six years ago to now, it's exciting to see where he'll be in another four or five years because he's scratching the surface on his potential," Anthony said. "It won't be surprising if he scores 40 goals (and becomes) a point a game player."

Both Stewart brothers are frequent users of Twitter. Expect some friendly brotherly chirping between now and game time.

"Maybe a little Twitter battle going on," Anthony said. "We'll see where it goes."

Said Chris, "I'm sure he'll spark something up on Twitter, but that's not me."

The brothers remain close and talk on a regular basis -- but once the puck drops Friday night, it's no holds barred.

Both were posed with the following question: your brother has the puck going through the neutral zone and you have him lined up, what happens?

Chris said, "I'll take his head off," while Anthony fired back, "I hit him on his (behind). Quote unquote."

Both were joking but agreed that once the puck drops, it's game on.

"There's not going to be any lost feelings," Chris said. "It doesn't matter when it comes to game days. We've just got to play."

Anthony agreed.

"You're not going to try and hurt him or anything like that, but you've got a job to do and you finish your check," he said. "Me being the big brother, I've sort of got to tease him a bit, get him going, get under his skin a bit."

It's not a rarity for brothers to be playing in the NHL at the same time, but for the Stewart brothers, both of whom both first-round picks, they'll cherish the moment when they finally step onto the big stage together for the first time.

"Being first-rounders going in the draft and having that big day, it's definitely an accomplishment and we're definitely proud," Anthony said. "We're not taking it for granted."

PERRON PRACTICES WITH TEAM


Blues winger David Perron skated alone early Thursday morning and then decided that it was time. He wanted to join the team in practice after his own session.

Perron got the OK from team officials and participated in one drill, which lasted about 15-20 minutes, before leaving the ice. That was pre-planned, so no one should take his quick exit as a bad sign.

"It felt good," Perron said. "I wanted to try it out with guys moving around me. It was just one drill. I had the chance to score a goal."

Teammate T.J. Oshie found himself lined up with Perron on the drill, with both headed to the net. Oshie knew that nobody cared if he scored.

"I made sure that I was shooting for a rebound, so (Perron) could slam it home," Oshie said. "You could see when he threw it in the net, all the guys were screaming for him. It was pretty good.

"It’s great to see him out there. It’s a tough time for the team right now after our road trip, but it put a little smile on our face seeing him out there with the boys."

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Nice GDT
Good to see some other teams have super long ones just like the flyers
Is elliot or Halak starting tonight?

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Nice GDT
Good to see some other teams have super long ones just like the flyers
Is elliot or Halak starting tonight?
The rumor is Elliott, but not official yet. Probably game time decision.


Also not a fan of these lines whatsoever, Dags needs to be on the top line period. He is the closest thing to finisher we have while Perron is out. I like that Langs has finally been put where he belongs on the third but why in gods name is Porter on 2nd line? We do need a shuffle up but lets not get crazy with it.

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Grachev - Berglund - Stewart
Steen - Arnott - Langs
Porter - Nichol - Sobotka

Blues Win 3-2 in dirty, physical game. Sometimes you just need to goon out a win.


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Good GDT, GREAT story about the Stewart brothers. Good luck tonight, let's hope for a good game and no injuries...

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Hey guys, good luck in the game tonight, great story on the Stewart brothers...

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Just read the story and it got me thinking, have siblings ever fought in the NHL?

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The rumor is Elliott, but not official yet. Probably game time decision.


Also not a fan of these lines whatsoever, Dags needs to be on the top line period. He is the closest thing to finisher we have while Perron is out. I like that Langs has finally been put where he belongs on the third but why in gods name is Porter on 2nd line? We do need a shuffle up but lets not get crazy with it.

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Grachev - Berglund - Stewart
Steen - Arnott - Langs
Porter - Nichol - Sobotka

Blues Win 3-2 in dirty, physical game. Sometimes you just need to goon out a win.
cool GDT

I don`t know, if you watch the "highlights" of the Canes`game against Boston I`m not so sure if we should "goon it out" against them...but I agree, it will get a physical one

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Just read the story and it got me thinking, have siblings ever fought in the NHL?


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Elliot is confirmed, Porter,Reaves, and Chorney are scratched.

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Blanick I like your lines so much better then the ones they have listed for the game!

If is was me I would also give this a try but thats just me

Grachev-Backes-Stewert---lots of size and skill
Oshie-Berglund-D'ags---speed and skill, lots of energy

Btw nice job on the GDT!

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Elliot is confirmed, Porter,Reaves, and Chorney are scratched.
JR tweeted that Nikitin, Reaves, and Chorney are the scratches. Whats up with Porter on the Berg, Stewart line? Its gotta be Grachev imo. We really need a win tonight, lets get this season turned around.

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The rumor is Elliott, but not official yet. Probably game time decision.


Also not a fan of these lines whatsoever, Dags needs to be on the top line period. He is the closest thing to finisher we have while Perron is out. I like that Langs has finally been put where he belongs on the third but why in gods name is Porter on 2nd line? We do need a shuffle up but lets not get crazy with it.

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Grachev - Berglund - Stewart
Steen - Arnott - Langs
Porter - Nichol - Sobotka

Blues Win 3-2 in dirty, physical game. Sometimes you just need to goon out a win.
Huh?

Stewart, Berglund, Backes? Perron isn't a better finisher than any of those three and neither is D'Ags.

Payne(like many other coaches) builds his lines off of a pair of players with the third to compliment that player.The team has been way too cute with passes, and poor on the forecheck lately. I am more than willing to see a few shifts out of a guy like Sobotka or Porter who get in hard on the forecheck and can cycle the puck so we can try and manufacture a few goals from the dirty areas of the ice. It's not like the lines aren't tinkered with throughout the game anyway.

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Sobotka, Porter, and Dags where they are

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At this point I'm willing to give just about anything a try, and like BlueBeard said, the lines won't be static throughout the game.

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JR confirms Elliott starting tonight and Payne quoted as saying "Performance plays" and there is "no plan" on who will start in net tommorow.

Message being sent to Halak?

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I'd rather see these line shake-ups than rolling out the same thing as the last couple games. Let's give Payne some slack here. He just have seen something in practice. If its successful, where is there room for criticism.

Frankly, I'm a lot less worried about specific line combos right now, and seeing an overall effort from the team. The 5 on 5 lines in general haven't been a big problem, its the special teams that have been painful. But I want to see some intensity and more evidence of a desire to win the freaking game by any means necessary.

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Porter on the 2nd line? Above D'agostini and Grachev? yikes.

Payne's either an idiot or a genious

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Good game tonight, but more importantly go cardinals!

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sooooooooo, if Elliot struggles and Halak can't get it together say by December, what is the over/under that Turco gets a call?

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sooooooooo, if Elliot struggles and Halak can't get it together say by December, what is the over/under that Turco gets a call?
Not a chance, It would probably be Bishop/Allen time depending on how they perform in Peoria.

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sooooooooo, if Elliot struggles and Halak can't get it together say by December, what is the over/under that Turco gets a call?
What's Manny Legace doing?

I predict the Blues are going to win the game convincingly tonight. The real test for me is, will they bring consistent effort every game after this?

If they lose tonight I think the blood in the water will be hard to ignore.

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NEVER EVER

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What's Manny Legace doing?

I predict the Blues are going to win the game convincingly tonight. The real test for me is, will they bring consistent effort every game after this?

If they lose tonight I think the blood in the water will be hard to ignore.
Pretty sure he just got a PTO for an AHL team.

It's pretty shocking how much better this team is with McDonald's consistency to build around, every line combo seems unproven and less likely to gel without adding him from the top of the depth chart.

I really hope they can just find a way to turn the powerplay into a strength... it was looking that way at the end of last season so it seems like people have said in the past we just need that high level of effort and more patience with the puck.

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He's playing for the Springfield Falcons in the AHL.

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