Player News - Blues

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Brian Elliott made 30 saves through 65 minutes, then another couple in the shootout to help St. Louis earn a 2-1 win over the Jets on Thursday night.

Elliott overcame two straight losses in which he allowed seven goals combined. The 29-year-old improves to 19-9-2 this season with a .921 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average. Elliott is now 5-1 in the shootout this season with a .762 save percentage.
Feb 26 - 11:59 PM

Patrik Berglund scored the Blues' lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout victory over Winnipeg on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old now has 19 points in 57 games so far this season. The Swede will look to continue producing on Saturday night in Edmonton.
Feb 26 - 11:52 PM

Chris Butler will tag in for Ian Cole on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

Barret Jackman will join Butler to create St. Louis' third defensive unit. Jackman actually has the better fantasy value with 43 PIMs 70 hits, and 92 blocks through 60 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 26 - 7:41 PM

Ian Cole, Joakim Lindstrom, and Chris Porter will be scratched against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Of the three, only Cole has a modicum of fantasy value with 40 hits, 44 PIMs, and 61 blocks through 52 games from the blue line this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 26 - 7:38 PM

Brian Elliott will get the start against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Through 31 starts this season, Elliott owns a 18-9-5 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA. But he's 2-4-0 with 18 goals against over his last six starts. For his career, Elliott's 6-2-2 in 10 career starts versus the Jets with 28 goals against.
Feb 26 - 5:52 PM

Adam Cracknell has been dealt to St. Louis for future considerations.

He appeared in 65 games with the Blues in four seasons before signing with Los Angeles in the summer. Cracknell didn't play with the Kings and was claimed off waivers by Columbus, where he dressed in 17 games with the Blue Jackets this season.
Feb 26 - 4:47 PM

Patrik Berglund started on the top line in Tuesday's loss to Montreal.

He played with David Backes and T.J. Oshie after he was on the fourth line during Saturday's contests against Pittsburgh. Berglund has looked better of late on a line with Paul Stastny and Dmitrij Jaskin, but that hasn't stopped coach Ken Hitchcock from shuffling his combinations.
Feb 25 - 3:43 PM

Jake Allen suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Canadiens Tuesday by allowing five goals on 23 shots.

Allen entered the contest having allowed just one goal in each of his prior three starts, but after this outing he sees his record fall to 17-6-2 while his GAA is 2.49 and his save percentage is .905. Look for Brian Elliott to get the nod in the Blues' next game.
Feb 24 - 11:21 PM

David Backes tallied his 20th goal of the season Tuesday night, but it wasn't to help the Blurs withstand a 5-2 loss to Montreal.

Backes has now reached the 20-goal mark five times in his career and at just 30 years of age, could certainly repeat the feat a few more times. T.J. Oshie also registered his 17th marker of the campaign in the loss.
Feb 24 - 11:17 PM

Steve Ott (personal) returned to the Blues on Monday.

"Mom (Erica) and baby are doing great," said Ott, who missed Saturday's game to be with his family. "I've got to go pick them up after this and bring them home." Ott has nine points, 57 penalty minutes and 128 hits in 57 games.
Feb 24 - 11:20 AM

Jake Allen will get the nod for Tuesday's game against Montreal.

Allen has only played against the Canadiens once so far and he surrendered four goals on 30 shots in that game. However, Allen has been hot lately, allowing just one goal in each of his last three contests. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was in a lighthearted mood when talking about his decision. "Jake is a Montreal guy, isn't he?" Hitchcock asked. "I hope he is because he told me he was ... that's why (he's starting). I hope he didn't lie to me." Allen was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He did play in Montreal during his time in the QMJHL though.
Feb 23 - 3:29 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk (abdomen) has started to skate on his own.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that there's no timetable for Shattenkirk's return, although a previous report suggested that he might be back in early April. He has eight goals and 40 points in 49 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 23 - 3:23 PM

Brian Elliott has been struggling in his past six appearances.

He owns a 2-4 record with an .877 save percentage during that time. "It starts with me obviously in net. I want to give our team a chance to win," he said. "When you keep getting scored on throughout the game, it's got to come to a stop." Elliott has been solid this season, while sporting 18 wins and a 2.26 GAA in 31 outings. His current funk probably won't last much longer.
Feb 23 - 11:40 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko registered two assists in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

Both of St. Louis' goals came in the third period with the team trailing 4-0. Tarasenko picked up the secondary assists on both Dmitrij Jaskin's ninth goal and Ian Cole's fourth goal of the season. Tarasenko has four points in his last two games and has an overall stat line of 31 goals and 59 points in 59 games.
Feb 22 - 11:29 AM

The St. Louis Blues have allowed the first goal in three consecutive games.

"That’s your goal every game is to to come out and try to dictate and play our style of game," goalie Brian Elliott said. "But we’ve been getting behind and partly that’s loose structure or lack of focus or a bad goal in our half on the back end.It’s a whole team thing that’s kind of in a funk and it’s been there for a while, but we’ve been able to grind out some wins." The Blues have dropped two of those three games, and they will have to overcome those slow starts if they want to go into the playoffs on a high note.
Feb 22 - 11:25 AM


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