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The Blues lost in every aspect of Friday night's game.

They were outhit (32-26), outshot (42-32) and outscored (2-1) by the Stars in the 2-1, Game 1, loss Friday night. The Blues are going to have to pick up their game as only Brian Elliott's brilliance kept the contest from being a rout in Dallas' favor.
Apr 30 - 12:03 PM

Brian Elliott will likely get the start in Game 2 Sunday afternoon against the Stars.

Well why shouldn't he? He was the best St. Louis player on the ice in Friday's 2-1 loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the series, stopping 40 shots, many of the sensational variety.
Apr 30 - 12:00 PM

Brian Elliott stopped 40 of 42 shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 1.

Elliott couldn't be blamed on Dallas' game-winning goal in the third period, as no one picked up Radek Faksa in front of the Blues' net. The 31-year-old has given up two goals or less in five of his team's eight postseason games this season. Elliott has a 4-4-0 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason.
Apr 29 - 11:12 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk found the back of the net in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 1.

Shattenkirk's goal at the 11:32 mark of the third period tied the game at one. The 27-year-old has two goals and five points in eight postseason games. Colton Parayko and Patrik Berglund picked up the assists on St. Louis' only goal. Unfortunately for the Blues they had a breakdown in coverage in front of the net just a few minutes later and gave up the eventual game-winning goal to Radek Faksa. The Blues trail the best-of-seven series 1-0.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

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


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