The Blues continue their road trip tonight when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings. This is the fourth road-game in a row for the note. Tonight’s action starts at 9:30 St. Louis time and can be viewed on FoxSports Midwest. The actual drop of the puck is expected to be later than usual because the game is the Kings home opener and there will be pregame festivities. The ‘Note is 1-2 on the trip and 2-3 overall.
Last year, the Blues swept the season series against the Kings, with the final game resulting in a 17 shot shutout for Jaroslav Halak. Halak will try to continue that streak tonight and will be in goal. He has won all 5 games in his career against the Kings with a 1.20 GAA. For this season, Halak has struggled with a .848 save percentage and 3.05 GAA in four starts. Jonathan Quick will be in goal for the Kings.
One area of focus continues to be special teams. The club is currently in a 1-for-20 slump on the power play and has given up at least one power play goal in each game (6 goals on 18 chances). The task doesn’t get any easier against a Kings team ranked fifth in the league.
As previously mentioned, the Kings will be playing in their home-opener after starting with 2 games in Europe and a couple on the East coast.
Continue reading for the injury report for tonight’s game and the rest of this week’s schedule.
Both teams take to the ice missing a few key players. Andy McDonald was placed on Injured Reserve yesterday due to a concussion he sustained in Thursday’s game against Dallas. BJ Crombeen and Carlo Colaiacovo remain out as well. Alex Steen will replace McDonald on the top scoring line. Steen currently leads the Blues in points with 3 goals and 5 points.
The missing piece for the Kings is All-Star defenseman Drew Doughty, who sustained an upper-body injury in Philadelphia on Saturday.
The rest of the week for the Blues looks like this: the Blues return to the Scottrade for a one-night stand on Friday before hitting the road again for the rest of October. They face the Hurricanes on Friday and go back on the road on Saturday with a game against the Flyers. The Blues don’t play in St. Louis again until November 4.
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