Nov 12, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart (25) battle for the puck during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Lightning 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Schwartz to Make Debut Tonight Against Tampa Bay, Blues Look to Clinch Playoff Spot

Tonight it will certainly be difficult to keep switching between the March Madness basketball games and the Blues game. It should be worth it, because tonight’s game in Tampa Bay could be just as interesting. First and foremost, the Blues will look to come back from two disheartening losses to Chicago and Carolina. The Blues gave up a lead and later lost in a shootout to Chicago, and just couldn’t get anything going in a game that was scoreless about eight minutes into the third period against Carolina. Brian Elliot made some amazing saves, but Carolina’s goalie Cam Ward was perfect and saved all 40 shots he faced from the Blues. With four games in a row on the road to be played, the Blues will surely need to restart their momentum. Doing so tonight would not only put some energy back in the team, but it would clinch a playoff spot for the Blues who missed the party last year. Unfortunately Andy McDonald was injured in the loss to Carolina, which will leave the Blues without the player who has arguably sparked the Blues’ offense since he has returned. The good news is that it wasn’t another concision, and ‘only’ an injury to his shoulder, which should only hold him out until before the playoffs. PHEWPH

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Interestingly enough, the Blues will be debuting a new face tonight: Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz was drafted by the Blues in the first round of the 2010 draft, and is only 19 years old. He was the Captain of the Canadian Junior team, and was playing for the Colorado College Tigers until their season ended and the Blues offered him a contract. I’m not sure how much he will play, and the expectations certainly aren’t high for the young man in his debut as a professional in the NHL, but I know my eyes will be glued to number 9 for every second he’s on the ice. The Blues have been known for their chemistry this year, and Blues fans are hoping Schwartz blends right in. As far as I can tell, his new teammates seem pretty excited to have him join the team.

Hopefully Blues fans can make some time tonight to catch some of the game tonight! Here’s a highlight of Jaden Schwartz to try and convince you to do so. Be sure to check out other highlights of him while you’re checking this one out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NFKufw_16g

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