Our first of thirty-two divisional games and the first of a home and away with the blues. As far as injuries/probable lineups, Tkachuk is probable, Jackman played last game, Ryan Johnson is doubtful, Boguniecki is out. Nichol, Allison both still carried as day to day, neither has been played on injured reserve, but both probably doubtful for this one.
For the blues Cajanek leads so far with 6 pts, young,meyers,mcammond each with 2 goals. Erik Brewer is a -6. So far, Blues pp is ranked 8th(19.3%), their pk is 22nd(79.1%). Overall they're 7th in scoring(3.5), but 27th in goals allowed (4.0). Good faceoff team, 6th highest thus far(53.2%). Here early, the Blues are last in the league in average shots per game (22.2).
Sullivan now in a 5-way tie for scoring leader in league. Hall league leader in faceoffs, Perreault 3rd, Johnson 7th. MINN passed us for the league best pp % last night, we're now 2nd, pk% fell to 9th best. Remain first in faceoff %
Should be an entertaining one. With 8 games coming against this team, you want to show them you're going to be tough. I expect a rested Vokoun to be strong tonight.
Blues are playing cheap. Final got called on Mayers going after Vokoun. He tried to hit him as much as possible without making a call. Good for the ref. There's not point to skate in on Vokoun like that to create contact.
Hopefully the refs begin to crack down on the away from the play obstruction by St. Louis Dmen.
do we really want legwand,sullivan or kariya banging bodies?.. i don't
There's a difference between banging bodies and playing so that you avoid contact. When the puck is lose, he'll spin his body around and angle his stick to attempt to get the puck without being touched by the opposing player. It's one thing to do that when you are setting up a play. It's quite another when you are decreasing your chances of success to do it.