Player News - Blues

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It'll be a momentous occasion for Pheonix Copley on Saturday afternoon as he makes his first career NHL start.

The 25-year-old and North Pole, AK native has posted an 11-4-2 record with a 2.32 GAA and .920 save percentage with AHL Chicago this season. The undrafted netminder is in his third twirl through pro hockey, and is having a quality bounce-back season after his rookie campaign saw him post a 17-4-3 record with a 2.17 GAA and .925 SV%.
Jan 21 - 12:42 PM

The Blues will put Vladimir Tarasenko on a line with Patrik Berglund and Robby Fabbri against the Jets on Saturday.

In an effort to get the Russian sniper going, head coach Ken Hitchcock is getting Tarasenko away from the slumping Jori Lehtera. Tarasenko hasn't found the back of the net in six consecutive games.
Jan 21 - 11:15 AM

Jake Allen will not travel with the Blues to Winnipeg even though he's healthy.

The Blues want to give Allen a chance to reset after he had to be pulled in his last three starts. St. Louis still regards Allen as its long-term starting goaltender though. Pheonix Copley was called up, so he'll join the Blues for Saturday's game. That being said, the Blues haven't made a decision as to who their starter will be.
Jan 20 - 2:15 PM

Pheonix Copley has been summoned by the St. Louis Blues.

It's possible that this is in response to a currently unidentified injury, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Blues just wanted another netminder in response to Jake Allen and Carter Hutton's struggles. While St. Louis has struggled between the pipes, Copley has posted a 2.32 GAA and .920 save percentage in 18 AHL games.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 20 - 11:57 AM

Carl Gunnarsson got back in the lineup on Thursday night.

He was absent for the last seven games, mostly due to a lower-body injury. Gunnarsson was paired with Kevin Shattenkirk in the contest, while Alex Pietrangelo was reunited with Jay Bouwmeester.

Jaden Schwartz picked up a goal and two assists in a 7-3 loss to Washington on Thursday.

He combined with Alexander Steen for six points in the contest. That was the only bright spot for the Blues in an embarrassing loss at home. Schwartz assisted on two goals by Steen in the third after the Capitals took a 7-1 lead. His 13th goal of the season made it 2-1 early in the second period, but then the Capitals stormed out in front.
Jan 20 - 10:10 AM

Jake Allen got the hook in Thursday's game against the Washington Capitals.

Allen was yanked at the 7:33 mark of the second period after he allowed a fourth goal on the 10th shot he faced. The Blues ended up losing the game 7-3, but backup goalie Carter Hutton allowed the last three goals. Allen has now been pulled in each of his last three starts. He has a 17-12-3 record with a 2.85 goals-against-average and a .897 save percentage in 2016-17. We don't recommend using him in standard fantasy leagues right now.
Jan 19 - 11:35 PM

Alex Steen scored a pair of goals and an assist in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Steen scored both his goals in the third period when the game was already out of reach. He also helped set up Jaden Schwartz's goal in the second frame. Steen finished the game with a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 16:21 of ice time. Steen has eight goals and 30 points in 40 games.
Jan 19 - 11:27 PM

Joel Edmundson and Nail Yakupov will be scratched against the Capitals on Thursday.

Edmundson has posted 10 points along with 37 PIMs, 40 blocks and 67 hits thus far through 33 games. Yakupov meanwhile has been relegated to a spare part's role, posting just six points in 27 games so far this season.
Source: Lou Korac
Jan 19 - 7:05 PM

Nail Yakupov will likely be scratched on Thursday.

Yakupov served as an extra in Thursday's practice. That would end his run of six straight games in the lineup. The 2012 first overall pick has three goals and six points in 27 games this season.
Jan 19 - 4:22 PM

Jake Allen will get the start on Thursday.

Allen will attempt to end his three-game losing streak. He has a 2.76 GAA and .900 save percentage in 33 contests this season.
Jan 19 - 1:17 PM

Patrik Berglund has racked up 10 goals since Dec. 15, which ties him for the most in the NHL over that span.

He has produced 11 markers this season in 45 games and could reach the 20-goal mark for the third time in his career. "What's changed is the consistent level," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "There's no dropoff in the emotion of the game, he's consistently competing at a high level for the 60 minutes." Berglund has been skating with Robby Fabbri and David Perron recently.
Jan 19 - 9:47 AM

Alexander Steen produced a goal and an assist in the Blues' 6-4 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night.

He has generated three of his six markers this season in the last eight games. Steen has also added six assists during that span, so he appears to be heading in the right direction after a disappointing start.
Jan 18 - 12:15 PM

Carter Hutton allowed five goals on 23 shots in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Ottawa.

The last Senators goal was put into an empty net. The Blues have a serious dilemma between the pipes, as Hutton and Jake Allen have had issues with consistency this season. Hutton has a 6-6-2 record with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .898 save percentage. Don't be surprised if St. Louis goes back to Allen in their next game.
Jan 17 - 11:13 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Shattenkirk cut Ottawa's lead to 3-2 late in the second period and he also helped set up Alexander Steen's power play goal early in the third period to make it 3-3. The Blues defenseman has four points in his last three contests. He has nine goals and 30 points in 45 games. It'll be interesting to see what the Blues will do with the pending unrestricted free agent. If they're unable to re-sign him, they could trade him before the deadline.
Jan 17 - 11:08 PM


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