Good morning Blues fans! The Blues have a couple decent records going coming into tonight’s game with Nashville and hope to keep them going.
The St. Louis Blues face the Nashville Predators tonight for the second time this season. They also have a couple streaks/good records they would like to keep going.
St. Louis is riding a two game win streak at the moment. It may sound quite meager, but after the week they had prior to this homestand, anything you can classify as a streak is a positive sign.
The Blues are also doing pretty good on Saturdays this season as well. Prior to last Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Columbus, St. Louis was undefeated on Saturdays, which included four wins.
Another impressive feat has been the Blues home record in this early part of the season. After not looking so good in recent years, especially down the stretch last season, the Blues are finally making home ice feel like an advantage.
The Blues are 7-1-2 at the Scottrade coming into tonight’s game against Nashville. It’s not all pushovers either as they’ve beaten the Rangers, Blackhawks, Wild, Kings and Sharks in St. Louis.
Unfortunately, the record on the road has been pretty bad, but there is no need to focus on that at the moment. Best to figure one thing out at a time.
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If the Blues can continue playing well at home then they would at least set themselves up well if they can get at least one round on home ice.
For their part, the Predators are coming off a 5-1 win over Ottawa. The Senators are struggling to score, but their record is good, so it was a strong win for Nashville as they look to start a winning streak of their own.
Hopefully the Blues can keep their focus on their own game and not worry too much about the Preds. There’s still plenty for them to iron out on their own side anyway.
Here are your St. Louis Blues Morning Links to get your day started off right.
Although neither team is lighting the lamp as much as they would like, both the Blues and Predators feature some of the hottest scorers in the league right now. Jaden Schwartz and James Neal are both looking to keep their hot streaks going tonight. (Fox Sports)
The rumors about Kevin Shattenkirk being traded have never gone away. The partners or any potential return had gone completely silent though, until now. Now, it seems as though Boston is being heavily linked to the offensive defenseman. That and more was covered in Jeremy Rutherford’s weekly chat. You can get the cliff notes here or read the full chat (STLToday)
Although he trounced us in the Twitter Cup, I don’t hold any ill will toward Toast Dispatch (though I suspect voter fraud). In the spirit of bipartisanship, here is his latest podcast with an interview with former Blues goaltender and future Winter Classic netminder, Ed Staniowski. (YouTube)
Alexander Steen’s condition has not been reported and the Blues are said to be “hopeful” of his return to the lineup tonight. That said, the team is under no rule to say he passed or failed the league’s concussion protocol, so all we know is he is “sore” and has an upper-body injury. (STLToday)
We all knew he would be able to score in college. Tage Thompson’s transition to the pros is still more of a question mark. That said, he’s doing what is asked of him given the competition he is facing at UConn. (Hockey Writers)
Positive things keep happening for the Blues’ prospects individually, but it isn’t coming together as a team in the AHL. The Wolves had another tough one even with the return of Jordan Schmaltz. (Wolves)
There is no question the Blues got smaller with the subtractions they made over the summer. That said, there was way too much lack in the physical department to start the year. Now, though the Blues still want to be quicker, they’re trying to be more the team that got the Blues to the conference finals. (KMOV)
Have a great day Blues fans!