Player News - Blues

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Dmitrij Jaskin scored his first goal of the season in the Blues’ 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

He scored what’s considered the game-winner in his first game of the season. The talented Russian, a 2011 second-round pick, played 11:46. Jaskin had three points in four games in the AHL before being recalled. Jaden Schwartz and Ryan Reaves got the other goals. Alex Pietrangelo chipped in with two helpers.
Oct 25 - 11:48 PM

Brian Elliott kicked away 22 shots in the Blues’ 3-2 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

The team wants to give youngster Jake Allen his fair share of starts, too, but that comes at the detriment of Elliott, who also deserves to play the majority of the time, and is doing so right now. Thus far, Elliott has a 1.78 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in five games. It’s hard to get in a rhythm with so much sitting, so fantasy owners should hope that coach Ken Hitchcock sticks with one guy. Allen has played in two games.
Oct 25 - 11:47 PM

HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman says the "belief" is that the Flyers have offered Ryan Whitney a two-way contract.

The 31-year-old is currently playing in the KHL with HC Sochi, and he has an "out clause" in his contract to return to North America at any point. He will play his first game there Sunday, and Friedman says he plans to stay for now. Clearly, the Flyers are desperate for help on the back end.
Oct 25 - 9:08 PM

It doesn't sound like St. Louis Blues forward David Backes will go out of his way seeking revenge on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Still, it doesn't sound like he won't give him a little extra if the opportunity arises. "We'll finish our checks as hard as we can and see what happens," Backes said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus.
Oct 25 - 4:34 PM

The Blues have moved around some players on their power-play units from the beginning of the season due in part to the injury to Paul Stastny.

The first unit is comprised of Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen on the points and David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko up front. The second unit features quarterbacks Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, and forwards T.J. Oshie, Joakim Lindstrom and Jori Lehtera. Loser in this alignment is Patrik Berglund, who now seems entrenched as a third-line center.
Oct 25 - 2:41 PM

The Blues have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's grudge match against the Blackhawks.

Jaden Schwartz will start on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, while Alexander Steen will skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. Essentially, Schwartz and Steen will be flip flopped. The Blues other two lines will be as follows: Dmitrij Jaskin-Patrik Berglund-Joakim Lindstrom and Steve Ott-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves. Schwartz is St.Louis' leading scorer with four goals and should continue to thrive in a top-six position all season long. The loser in this alignment, however, is Steve Ott, who got a chance to play in the top six earlier this week.
Oct 25 - 2:32 PM

Brian Elliott will get the start in goal for St. Louis on Saturday.

Elliott is only 1-2-1 this season but his peripheral stats are quite good as he has a 1.73 GAA with a .924 save percentage. The Blues are in tough against the Chicago Blackhawks so this may not be a great spot to start the Blues netminder.
Oct 25 - 11:39 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers, in dire need of help on the blueline, could be interested in the services of Ryan Whitney.

After Whitney was released from his professional tryout with the St. Louis Blues after training camp, Whitney was not on anyone's radar so he signed a deal with HC Sochi of the KHL. The fortunate part is that Whitney has an out clause with Sochi and he has yet to play a game with the club. If he does play at least one game, he will have to go through waivers if he re-signs with an NHL squad this season, so the time frame to sign him is narrowing quickly. The Flyers lost two defensemen this week as Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald are both expected to miss four weeks with injuries.
Oct 25 - 9:02 AM

The St. Louis Blues have summoned Dmitrij Jaskin.

Jaskin has a goal and four points in four AHL games in 2014-15. Despite his hot start in the minors, we don't anticipate him having much fantasy value during this NHL stint.
Oct 24 - 6:01 PM

Paul Stastny (shoulder) is on the injured reserve list.

Stastny hasn't played since Oct. 18. He resumed skating on Thursday, but isn't shooting the puck yet.
Oct 24 - 5:59 PM

Paul Bissonnette has an out-clause with the Cardiff Devils.

That means that Bissonnette might still end up playing with a different team in 2014-15. There was reportedly some interest in him from NHL teams over the summer and he attended the St. Louis Blues' training camp, but he obviously never ended up coming to terms with an NHL club.
Oct 24 - 4:50 PM

Paul Bissonnette has signed with the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

In case you're not familiar with the location of Cardiff, it's worth clarifying that the EIHL operates in the United Kingdom. This isn't Bissonnette's first stint with Cardiff as he previously scored six goals and 19 points in 10 games with them during the lockout. Bissonnette has 22 points and 340 penalty minutes in 202 career NHL games.
Oct 24 - 4:28 PM

Alexander Steen (illness) was OK to play Thursday.

He played with fellow Swedes Patrik Berglund and Joakim Lindstrom, but his assist in the match came on a power-play goal by Kevin Shattenkirk. Steen also posted four shots and a minus-2 rating in 21:01 of ice time. There's a flu bug circulating through the Blues' locker room, but everyone played through it in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver.
Oct 24 - 12:03 PM

Jake Allen was beaten three times in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver, the fourth was an empty netter.

Chris Higgins cleaned up the garbage for the first goal after Alex Pietrangelo was picked off at the red line in the first, and Linden Vey was poorly covered in the slot during a Canucks' powerplay to make it 3-1 in the third. But Nick Bonino's breakaway goal went in short side after he looked Allen off. It wasn't the young netminder's finest game, but he could've been helped more by his veteran defense, too. He stopped just 19-22.
Oct 23 - 11:33 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the season on Thursday night, but it was the only marker St. Louis could muster in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver.

Shattenkirk now has six points in as many games this season to go along with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. the 25-year-old exceeded 23 minutes of ice time in the loss.
Oct 23 - 11:12 PM

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