Player News - Blues

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Robert Bortuzzo will lead the slew of scratches for the Blues against the Stars on Friday night in Game 1.

Joining him will be Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Dmitrij Jaskin, Anders Nilsson, Magnus Paajarvi, Ty Rattie, Ryan Reaves.

Brian Elliott will be in net against Dallas in Game 1 on Friday night.

Just 18 pucks beat Elliott during the seven-game series victory over Chicago, which amounted to a .929 save percentage. This is easily the best season of the veteran's career, as he owns a .909 save percentage in 26 combined games. Which falls a bit closer in line to his career mark against Dallas, which is a 6-4-0 record with 26 goals against and a .906 SV%.
Apr 29 - 6:25 PM

Jordan Binnington has been promoted to the St. Louis Blues.

Binnington had a 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage in 41 AHL contests in 2015-16. He's not likely to appear in any 2016 playoff contests with St. Louis.
Apr 29 - 11:48 AM

Jordan Schmaltz has been summoned by the St. Louis Blues.

Schmaltz will get to soak in the playoff atmosphere, but what he likely won't do is play in a single contest. He had six goals and 36 points in 71 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Apr 29 - 11:46 AM

The St. Louis Blues have promoted Ivan Barbashev.

Barbashev is presumably a Black Ace, which means that he's been called up to practice and be around the playoff team, but not to actually participate in games. Barbashev hasn't made his NHL debut yet, but he did record 10 goals and 28 points in 65 AHL contests this season.
Apr 29 - 11:45 AM

Peter Harrold has been called up by the St. Louis Blues.

Harrold isn't likely to see any playing time in the postseason. He had a goal and 24 points in 70 AHL contests.
Apr 29 - 11:43 AM

St. Louis will need to improve their penalty kill in Round 2 of the playoffs.

They gave up six goals on 19 opportunities to the Blackhawks in the first round. St. Louis owns the second-worst penalty kill percentage (68.4 percent) in the postseason, which could get them into trouble against Dallas.
Apr 29 - 9:33 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko has had a fair amount of success against his second round opponent.

Tarasenko has had success in his career against Dallas, recording eight goals and 12 points in 14 career games. In 2015-16, he picked up two goals and four of those points in five games, including half of them in March. Tarasenko won't have to keep pace necessarily with Jamie Benn, but St. Louis sure wouldn't mind it.
Apr 28 - 11:02 PM

Alex Pietrangelo averaged 30:33 of ice time in Round 1 against Chicago and he produced six points.

He had a plus-2 rating in Game 7 and elevated his game in the series. "We had him at the Olympics, so I've seen this level of play from him before," GM Doug Armstrong said. "He had a great series. He and (Chicago's Duncan) Keith were two of the top guys in the league and they played like that during the series."
Apr 27 - 9:33 AM

Coach Ken Hitchcock praised the play of Brian Elliott after the Blues eliminated Chicago from the playoffs in Round 1.

"If you're going to win against a really good team, he's going to have to be your best player," Hitchcock said. "Early in the series he was our best player, he was a great player [Monday], made great saves tonight. " He added that Elliott was the reason St. Louis won the series. He posted a 2.40 GAA, a .929 save percentage and one shutout against the Blackhawks to set up a second-round matchup against Dallas.
Apr 26 - 6:15 PM

Jay Bouwmeester was involved in his postseason series victory Monday night when the Blues eliminated Chicago in Game 7.

"This is my 13th, 14th year, and I finally win a playoff round," he said. "First Game 7, first time I win." The 13-year NHL veteran had to wait until 2013 to make his NHL playoff debut and St. Louis lost three straight times in Round 1 before finally knocking out the defending Stanley Cup champions. Bouwmeester logged 25:29 of ice time in Game 7 and he picked up an assist when Jori Lehtera tipped his point shot.
Apr 26 - 3:45 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko logged just 14:31 of ice time in Game 7 against Chicago.

He saw nearly two minutes of that on the power play and he didn't pick up a point in the contest. Tarasenko had one great scoring chance from the high slot, which was gloved down by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. His ice time during the postseason has been a topic of conversation, but he hasn't been lacking in total shifts. Coach Ken Hitchcock said he likes using Tarasenko in short shifts, but playing a star player for only 14:31 is a puzzling decision even though it ended up working out for the Blues.
Apr 26 - 3:23 PM

Robby Fabbri had an assist and three shots in a 3-2 win over Chicago on Monday night.

He helped set up Troy Brouwer's game-winning goal in the third period of Game 7. Fabbri collected a goal and four helpers during his first NHL playoff series.
Apr 26 - 10:21 AM

Patrik Berglund contributed an assist in Monday's 3-2 win over Chicago in Game 7.

He had a goal and an assist in the series. Berglund logged just 13:54 of ice time in Game 7. He spent most of his playing time with David Backes and Alexander Steen.
Apr 26 - 10:17 AM

Colton Parayko tallied his second goal of the postseason in Game 7 versus Chicago.

He gave the Blues a 2-0 lead in the first period on a bullet shot from the point. The Blackhawks rallied to tie the game, but Troy Brouwer provided the heroics late in the match to send St. Louis into Round 2. Parayko picked up three points in the series.
Apr 26 - 10:13 AM


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