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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (43) / 7/31/1973
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The Blues have left an assortment of interesting forwards off their protected list.
Vegas will certainly kick the tires on Nail Yakupov, David Perron, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera and Ty Rattie. The Blues did protect the following players: Patrik Berglund, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson, Alex Pietrangelo and Jake Allen. Jun 18 - 12:21 PM
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Blues owner Tom Stillman likes the work GM Doug Armstrong is doing.

The Blues were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by Nashville, but that hasn't affected the way Stillman sees Armstrong. "You need to keep a longer view on things like that," said Stillman. "You don’t evaluate the performance of a top-level manager based on the latest current losing streak or a rough patch. I felt confident that Doug was making the right decisions and looking at the long-term, and that’s our focus, being competitive not just this year but next year and the following year." It doesn't sound like Armstrong is on the hot seat right now, but that could change in a hurry if the Blues struggle next season.
May 22 - 10:15 AM

The St. Louis Blues might enter the 2017-18 campaign without their own primary AHL affiliate.

With the Blues losing the AHL's Chicago Wolves to the Vegas Golden Knights, it looks like St. Louis will be the only team in the NHL without a primary AHL affiliate. That means the Blues won't have any say over an AHL team's coaching staff or management. The Blues will still be able to send some players to the Wolves, but they won't have enough spots available for all of St. Louis' prospects so they'll need to spread them out among multiple AHL teams. It's a far from ideal scenario, but the AHL will likely expand to 31 franchises in 2018, which will prevent this from happening in the future.
May 19 - 11:04 AM

St. Louis has made some cuts to their coaching staff.

GM Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday that Ray Bennett, Steve Thomas, Rick Wilson and Ty Conklin will not return next season. "I would like to thank Ray, Steve, Rick and Ty for their service to the Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck in the future," said Armstrong. "Mike Yeo and I will work together in the off-season to fill the coaching vacancies for next season."
May 16 - 2:07 PM

Mike Yeo believes the Blues will benefit from having his staff behind the bench from the start of training camp.

Yeo took over mid-season after Ken Hitchcock was fired. It can be difficult for teams to adjust to a new coach at that point, but now that they're familiar with Yeo's style, it should take less a little less time to adapt to his system when training camp begins. "It makes an enormous difference as far as how we approach training camp next year," Yeo said. "The biggest part for me is getting to know the players. That’s our biggest job as coaches, to try to help the players, to try and get them to go out and perform at the best level and give them the best chance. So to have the opportunity to work with them, to see what they can give, I think that’s a huge advantage going into next year."
May 13 - 10:39 AM

The Blues will be facing a significant challenge Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

In order to force a Game 7 in St. Louis on Tuesday, the Blues are going to have to beat the Predators in Bridgestone Arena, a place in which the Preds have not lost in eight playoff games this season. "They're tight games. We (lost) 2-1 on the second one there," said David Perron. "We just got to go win a game and bring it back to St. Louis. I don't know if we can overthink anything. We've been good on the road since Mike [Yeo] took over. That's what we have to look at. We can't really look at the two games. I do think their crowd is unreal. They've got kind of a smaller rink. It feels like from looking at it anyway, the crowd really gets into it and TV timeouts and things like that. Even if we're outplaying them, it almost feels like they are at times during the game. You have to kind of make sure that we're on top of our game at all moments so we keep the crowd maybe a little lower." It should be an interesting contest.
May 7 - 7:21 AM

The Blues have been extremely hot on the road their past 14 games.

If you were thinking that the Predators now have a huge advantage with the series tied 1-1 and the games heading back to Nashville, think again. The Blues have won 12 of their last 14 road games and are 3-0 away from St. Louis during the playoffs thus far. Sunday's matinee should be an interesting matchup.
Apr 30 - 8:39 AM

The Blues did a great job of limiting the Predators opportunities on the power play in Game 2 and hope to do the same in Game 3 Sunday afternoon.

In fact, the Blues kept Nashville's power play off the ice altogether by only getting an incidental minor penalty in the game. That is part of the reason why Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen have combined for only two points in the series thus far.
Apr 30 - 8:26 AM

St. Louis has had some trouble winning at home in the postseason.

"It's hard to win at home," coach Mike Yeo said. "You know what, we're not the only team right now. You look, I think the record is about 19 wins and 25 losses for the home team in the playoffs. So there's different pressures ... whether it's the mindset of how you approach the game." The Blues have one win in three outings at home during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs compared to a 3-0 on the road. Over the last two years, St. Louis has posted a 5-8 record at Scottrade Center and they are 9-4 away from home.
Apr 28 - 9:49 AM

There was an 18-minute delay during the second period of Wednesday's game between the Predators and Blues.

The game was delayed because Predators forward Kevin Fiala was taken to hospital by ambulance after suffering a lower-body injury. The game couldn't resume until an ambulance returned on site at Scottrade Center.
Apr 26 - 9:25 PM

St. Louis has struggled on the power play over the past eight games.

The Blues have scored just one power-play goal in 20 opportunities during that span and that was an empty-netter. "We've had a really good power play all season long, this is a stretch it hasn't been good enough," said coach Mike Yeo. "... It's not going to turn by us scoring a goal. We have to get doing the little things right, the faceoffs, if we lose a faceoff it should be real tough for them to get the puck down the ice. If we have the right recovery methods, if we have to break out, we have the right routes, the right timing, the right execution. It's all those little things that add up to scoring a goal. If we do those things then we'll be fine." Despite their recent difficulties, St. Louis ranks eighth on the man advantage in the league going into Thursday night's action.
Apr 6 - 10:19 AM

With Mike Yeo as head coach and Martin Brodeur in charge of the team's goaltending, the St. Louis Blues have seen their save percentage improve dramatically.

The Blues had the worst save percentage in the NHL at .887, but since Feb. 1 they rank first in the league with a .951 save percentage. Carter Hutton is No. 1 with a .989 save percentage and Jake Allen is ninth at .941. The team's goal-against average has been 1.73. St. Louis has been allowing more shots since Yeo took over, but the team believes the quality of the chances has gone down.
Mar 10 - 10:09 AM

The St. Louis Blues have looked good in Mike Yeo's first five games as head coach.

Before Yeo took over as coach, the biggest issue with the Blues was their goaltending. But since Yeo has taken over, both Jake Allen and Carter Hutton have looked better. Not only have they been making key saves, but their teammates have also limited the opposition's time and space in the offensive zone and they're blocking a lot more shots. The St. Louis has blocked 20 shots or more in three of their last five games and it's making a difference. "We had a mindset that we really needed to make sure that we protected the middle of the ice a little bit better than what we had," Yeo said. "When you do that, maybe you give up a little bit of space on the outside, but if you’re in a good position, but you should be in that shot lane. If we’re going to protect an area, we might as well protect the most dangerous area."
Feb 11 - 11:21 AM

St. Louis bench boss Mike Yeo has a record of 2-1-0 since Ken Hitchcock was fired.

Granted it's a small sample size, but it is interesting. The goaltending of the Blues played a significant a factor in relieving Hitchcock of his coaching duties, but the team has posted shutouts over the opposition in the last two games. St. Louis has a 1.34 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage under Yeo. He has been emphasizing quick puck movement, especially out of the defensive zone and the goaltending has held up their end of the bargain. We will see how long this lasts.
Feb 9 - 9:25 AM

Mike Yeo will make his head coaching debut with St. Louis on Thursday versus Toronto.

The Blues fired Ken Hitchcock on Wednesday, which puts Yeo in charge earlier than expected. He was slated to take over the head coaching job at the start of the 2017-18 season. "Our game, for whatever reason, is not where we need it to be right now and that's what we get to today," said Yeo. "We have one practice before we play a game. We can't come in here and reinvent the wheel. I do believe there's some areas that we have to really dial in on. In a large part, I think that's our execution and with that comes the speed of our game and from there, obviously our checking game has been something that we've talked about greatly and it's an area that we have to get much stronger at from our net out."
Feb 1 - 6:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Paul Stastny
2Brayden Schenn
3Patrik Berglund
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
6Oskar Sundqvist
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Zach Sanford
5Magnus Paajarvi
6Vladimir Sobotka
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Dmitrij Jaskin
3Tage Thompson
4Beau Bennett
5Chris Thorburn
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Colton Parayko
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Joel Edmundson
5Carl Gunnarsson
6Robert Bortuzzo
7Jordan Schmaltz
G1Jake Allen
2Carter Hutton