Player News - Blues

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Despite his poor performance in Friday night's 4-1 loss, Jake Allen will likely get the call Sunday in Game 6.

Up until Friday night's clunker, Allen has been solid in the playoffs and it would be unlikely for Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock to turn to a cold Brian Elliott in an elimination game.
Apr 25 - 2:07 PM

It is not clear if Jori Lehtera will be able to suit up for Game 6 Sunday in Minnesota.

He missed Friday's game after taking a Jay Bouwmeester shot off his leg in Wednesday's contest and has not practiced since. Consider Lehtera day-to-day.
Apr 25 - 1:56 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth goal of the series during Friday's 4-1 Game Five loss to Minnesota.

Tarasenko took a brilliant and gutsy diagonal cross-crease feed from Alex Steen to one-time the game's opening tally on the power play. Tarasenko now leads the league in playoff goals with his six, and is tied with teammate Kevin Shattenkirk and Anaheim's Corey Perry for top of the points table with seven.
Apr 25 - 12:58 AM

Jake Allen's poor play led directly to the Blues' Game Five 4-1 loss to the Wild on Friday night. Minnesota now leads the series 3-2.

Allen's work load by period is as follows: three, 13, three. His goal total per period? One, two, one, and four straight after Vladimir Tarasenko had given him and the Blues a lead mid way through the first. Simply put, Allen will have to do better than 15 saves if they are to push the series to seven games.
Apr 25 - 12:52 AM

With the series tied at two, Jake Allen will get the call for Friday's Game Five against Minnesota.

It's been an up and down series for the Blues, but Allen has been consistently strong by turning aside 87 of 93 shots through the first four games. The Blues have scored 10 goals in their two wins, and just two in their losses which includes a shutout in Game Three. Suffice it to say, that if St. Louis can provide Allen with some support they stand to likely win the game.
Apr 24 - 5:43 PM

Jori Lehtera (lower body) didn't participate in Friday's morning skate.

Lehtera was hurt when he absorbed a shot by teammate Jay Bouwmeester during Wednesday's contest. His chances of playing on Friday are "50-50," according to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. If Lehtera can't play, then Paul Stastny will likely skate alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Apr 24 - 4:31 PM

St. Louis got a lift in Game 4 when Ryan Reaves scored his first goal since Mar. 1.

He opened the scoring in the Blues' 6-1 victory over Minnesota. "That goal was huge," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Everyone is so excited when 'Reavo' scores, and when that line has success everybody's excited for them." Reaves had six goals and 116 penalty minutes in 81 games during the regular season.
Apr 24 - 11:44 AM

Jaden Schwartz was back with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera in Game 4 versus the Wild.

He didn't pick up a point in the contest, but he had three shots and a plus-1 rating. The trio was excellent for the Blues during the regular season. Schwartz didn't have a point in both games at Minnesota, but he had a goal and an assist at home to begin the series.
Apr 23 - 6:25 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk registered three assists Wednesday night in Game 4.

His seven helpers in four games has him tied for the lead in playoff scoring. Shattenkirk has had a hand in seven of the Blues' 12 goals against the Wild in the series.
Apr 23 - 12:52 PM

Patrik Berglund generated a goal and added an assist in Game 4's 6-1 win over Minnesota.

It was a tough season offensively for the 26-year-old Swede, but he's been productive in the playoffs with two goals and four points in four games. Berglund is also tied for first with a plus-5 rating. He skated with Paul Stastny and Dmitrij Jaskin in the match.
Apr 23 - 12:47 PM

David Backes notched a goal and an assist in Game 4 to help the Blues even up their firs round playoff series against Minnesota.

The Blues cruised to a 6-1 victory and Backes got the scoresheet after being held pointless in his previous three outings. Backes was back with Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie in the contest and he logged a series-high20:15 of ice time.
Apr 23 - 12:44 PM

Jake Allen stopped 17-of-18 shots in the Blues 6-1 blowout win over Minnesota in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Allen was not particularity busy in this one and got to enjoy watching his team run all over the Wild in a fantastic road game. Allen has been very good this series in his playoff debut, allowing just six goals over the four games for a 1.51 GAA and .935 save percentage.
Apr 23 - 12:46 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in the Blues 6-1 romp of Minnesota on Wednesday.

Tarasenko has been on absolute fire this series with five goals on eight shots. His second of the night was a highlight-reel effort that ended in beautiful deke and lay-in on a down and out Devan Dubnyk. If you have in your playoff pool you are pretty happy with your selection. Kevin Shattenkirk added three assists while Patrik Berglund and David Backes each added a goal and assist in the blowout effort.
Apr 23 - 12:36 AM

Olie Jokinen and Robert Bortuzzo are expected to be healthy scratches for Game 4 Wednesday night versus Minnesota.

It’s been a tough year for the veteran forward, Jokinen, who has been a healthy scratch more regularly dating back to the last few weeks of the season. Bortuzzo had been seeing regular ice time with the Penguins before being traded to the Blues, but with a deep defensive core, Bortuzzo will continue to remain in the press box. Joining Jokinen and Bortuzzo in the stands are Marcel Goc, Chris Butler, Niklas Lundstrom, and Ty Rattie.
Apr 22 - 7:48 PM

Jake Allen will start in goal once again Wednesday night for Game 4 against the Wild.

Allen has held his own in his first three career playoff games allowing just five goals on 75 shots, however, the Blues offense have been inept at scoring goals. The youngster has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last 10 starts but he will need some more help in front of him if the Blues are going to be able to win the series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 5:24 PM


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