Player News - Blues

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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

Although nothing is official, we would be shocked if Jake Allen wasn't in goal Sunday afternoon to face the Predators in Game 3.

These playoffs have been sort of a coming out party for Allen, who has been stellar. Allen boasts a 5-2 record with a 1.89 GAA and .941 SP in the post season thus far and is an early candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
Apr 30 - 8:32 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

Alexander Steen has apparently been playing with an injured foot.

Steen seemingly sustained the injury in Game 1 against the Predators and has been wearing a boot between contests. He has also skipped practices. That said, Steen is still suiting up for games and he is expected to play in Game 3 Sunday afternoon. Just another example of how tough hockey players are.
Apr 30 - 8:20 AM

Jori Lehtera may have been a healthy scratch in three of his team's first five playoff games, but he came through in a big way on Friday night.

The Blues were trailing 2-1 in the third period when Lehtera scored the game-tying goal. Teammate Vladimir Tarasenko eventually scored the winning goal to tie the series at one. "What it came down to basically was that we know what (Lehtera) is capable of and that we believe in him," head coach Mike Yeo said. "We didn’t feel it was quite there to that level. And we were happy to give him a chance to respond. Very happy for him. It shows up on the score sheet, but his competitive level right now is very high." Since being scratched in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the Blues' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has picked up three points in three games.
Apr 29 - 10:17 AM

After scoring two goals in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, Vladimir Tarasenko finds himself with 22 career postseason markers.

He passed former Blues Red Berensen and Brian Sutter to move into third in franchise history in that category. He got off to a slow start this postseason, but if last night's game is any indication, he's probably already turned the corner. "He’s really got his stick going now," teammate Jake Allen said. "He was a little frustrated with himself in the first series. He is a premier goal scorer. Not being able to score in the first few games was tough on him. He took it to heart. He’s been practicing really had the last couple of days, shooting pucks in practice, and it’s paying off." Expect Tarasenko to start scoring with a little more regularity between now and the end of the series. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday afternoon, with the series tied 1-1.
Apr 29 - 10:13 AM

Jori Lehtera found the back of the net in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

The Blues found themselves down 2-1 in the third period, but Lehtera scored a huge goal at the 7:39 mark to tie the game. Less than nine minutes after Lehtera made it 2-2, teammate Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second of the game to give St. Louis the lead and they never looked back. Since being a healthy scratch in Games 2, 3 and 4 of St. Louis' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has responded by picking up three points in his last three games. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 12:36 AM

Jake Allen stopped 22 of 24 shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

The best-of-seven series is now all tied up at one. The Blues found themselves down 1-0 and 2-1 in this one, but they managed to jump ahead in the third period when they got goals by Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko (his second of the game). Allen now owns a 5-2 record with a 1.89 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage. It's the fifth time in seven games during the playoffs that he's allowed two goals or less in a game.
Apr 28 - 11:25 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

Tarasenko talked about being "better" in the second round than he was in the first, and he delivered a big performance tonight. His first goal, which was scored on the power play, tied the game at one with 20 seconds remaining in the opening period. Then, with just under four minutes remaining, Tarasenko managed to net the game-winning goal. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating and six shots on goal in 22 minutes of ice time. Tarasenko now has three goals and two assists in seven playoff games. This best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 being played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:17 PM

Zach Sanford is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against Nashville on Friday night.

The Blues are making just one lineup change after losing Game 1, and that's Magnus Paajarvi coming out for Ivan Barbashev. Sanford has suited up in three games this postseason and he's failed to register a point. Dmitrij Jaskin and Jordan Schmaltz will join Paajarvi and Sanford in the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:25 PM

Nail Yakupov has been dealing with a lower-body injury.

Yakupov hasn't played since Mar. 31. The Russian forward finished the regular season with just three goals and nine points in 40 games. He's considered day-to-day at this point.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:23 PM

Jake Allen will be between the pipes for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Game 1. He has a 4-2 record with a 1.87 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:05 PM

Magnus Paajarvi will spend Game 2 on Friday in the press box.

Paajarvi dressed for Game 1 of the Blues' second round series against Nashville. He logged 12:49 minutes and registered an assist in the contest. Ivan Barbashev will draw into the lineup.
Apr 28 - 12:25 PM

Ivan Barbashev will draw into the Blues' lineup for Game 2 on Friday.

Barbashev was a healthy scratch in Game 1. He's projected to play alongside Vladimir Sobotka and Jori Lehtera. With Barbashev in, Magnus Paajarvi will be a healthy scratch.
Apr 28 - 12:23 PM

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


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