Player News - Blues

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David Backes tickled the twine for the Blues, who fell 4-3 to the Stars on Saturday night.

Backes also had nine penalty minutes in the game. He has been a disappointment this season as only his penalty minutes (45) have lived up to fantasy expectations. He has typically been a mid-20s goal scorer with 60-point upside. This season he has just nine goals and 16 points. Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko potted the other markers.
Dec 27 - 11:21 PM

Jake Allen was roughed up for four goals on 24 shots in St. Louis’ 4-3 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

We’d chalk this up to some rustiness following the three-day holiday break, but Allen was not sharp in the game prior, either. He has given up nine goals over his last two games, both losses. He has a 2.69 goals-against average and .903 save percentage this season. Martin Brodeur could be getting the star Monday against the Avalanche.
Dec 27 - 11:21 PM

Ian Cole, Magnus Paajarvi, and Joakim Lindstrom will all be healthy scratches Saturday night against the Stars.

Cole has played in 30 games for the Blues, scoring three goals and two assists from the blue line. Paajarvi has just one assist in 10 games played. And Lindstrom has three goals and three assists in 27 games played at center.
Dec 27 - 7:37 PM

The St. Louis Blues may have a better idea regarding when Brian Elliott can return based on how things go on Sunday.

He's expected to fully participate tomorrow and then the team will evaluate him from there. It's unclear what may be done with Martin Brodeur if Elliott can come back soon, but Elliott and Jake Allen are expected to be larger fixtures in the Blues' net once everyone's healthy.
Dec 27 - 4:39 PM

Carl Gunnarsson was on the ice Saturday morning.

However, he is still in the beginning stages of coming back from a concussion and is not yet close to a return. Keep Gunnarsson on reserve until further notice.
Dec 27 - 3:33 PM

Chris Porter will get a great opportunity Saturday night against the Stars.

He will skate on a line with star winger Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera. That's quite a promotion from being a healthy scratch in six of the Blues' last nine games. Joakim Lindstrom will sit in the press box to give Porter the chance to dress.
Dec 27 - 3:28 PM

Brian Elliott will be re-evaluated after Sunday morning's practice.

His recovery from a knee injury has been progressing and he has participated in practices earlier this week. It seemed that Elliott would not return to action until mid-January but he now seems certain to beat that timeframe.
Dec 27 - 3:24 PM

Jake Allen will get the start Saturday night when the Blues face off against the Stars.

It will be Allen's third consecutive start. Allen is coming off a disasterous 5-0 loss to Colorado in which he was pulled after allowing five goals on 31 shots. He will be looking to rebound against a struggling Dallas team and we like his chances.
Dec 27 - 3:20 PM

Petteri Lindbohm has been called up by the St. Louis Blues.

Lindbohm was sent down on Dec. 19, so a good chunk of his time in the minors corresponded with the Blues' holiday break. He has an assist in eight games with St. Louis in 2014-15.
Dec 26 - 6:54 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk leads the league with 18 power-play points.

He has recorded 64.3 percent of his points while on the man advantage. Shattenkirk ranks second on the Blues in average ice time per game on the power play (3:24) and first among the team's defense corps.
Dec 25 - 3:24 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues were held without a goal in Tuesday's 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Avalanche.

Tarasenko has followed up a seven game point streak by being shut out in back-to-back contests. His breakout season has been a thing of beauty thus far and there's no reason think it won't continue.
Dec 24 - 1:48 AM

Jake Allen had a night to forget against the Avalanche Tuesday as he allowed five goals on 31 shots in a 5-0 loss.

Allen allowed the five markers in just two periods of action, making his night that much worse. Martin Brodeur replaced Allen for the final frame of the game and was perfect as he blocked all 10 shots he faced in the period.
Dec 24 - 1:46 AM

Brian Elliott (lower body) participated in Monday's practice.

He shared time in one of the nets with Jake Allen and impressed coach Ken Hitchcock with his progress. "I had before Christmas time as a goal for myself," Elliott said. "Being able to get back and practice fully and not really think about anything — just play and not second-guess yourself — I've hit that goal and now I want to start getting back into it." He's still listed as week-to-week and there's no set timetable for his return, but GM Doug Armstrong said it's getting closer.
Dec 22 - 6:54 PM

Jake Allen will get the call for Tuesday's game versus Colorado.

Allen is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose on Saturday, but before that he won three starts in a row. He owns an 11-3-1 record on the year to go with a .907 save percentage and a 2.49 goals-against average.
Dec 22 - 4:03 PM

Ian Cole has been a healthy scratch four of St. Louis' past six games.

"It's no fun," said Cole. "But I'm just trying to go out and help the team when I get the opportunity, go out and win games, and not get scored on when I'm on the ice. That's the only thing that I'm thinking going forward." Cole got back into the lineup on Saturday after Petteri Lindbohm was returned to the minors. In 29 games this season, Cole has three goals, five points, 21 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating.
Dec 22 - 1:48 PM

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