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Paul Stastny off to a slow start with the Blues

Expectations were pretty high when the Blues announced Paul Stastny would be joining the team. Fans expected Stastny to jump right in and be the player in the middle of the ice the team has been lacking. They hoped Stastny would bring balance to the St. Louis offense and make the team’s offense a bit more formidable. Have those expectations panned out? Not yet.
The success of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera have drawn the attention away from Stastny. It’s almost easy to forget Stastny is even on the roster when you’re surrounded by hat tricks and insane goals from the STL line. Therein lies the problem. To date, Stastny has been disappointing. It’s early, but he has failed to transform any of the lines he has skated on which is a serious issue considering the Blues are paying him $7 million a year.
Through 11 games, Stastny has two goals, three assists and a plus/minus rating of (-7). Now, the plus/minus statistic has its flaws and shouldn’t be used for serious analysis, but it …

Paul Stastny off to a slow start with the Blues

Expectations were pretty high when the Blues announced Paul Stastny would be joining the team. Fans expected Stastny to jump right in and be the player in the middle of the ice the team has been lacking. They hoped Stastny would bring balance to the St. Louis offense and make the team’s offense a bit more formidable. Have those expectations panned out? Not yet.
The success of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera have drawn the attention away from Stastny. It’s almost easy to forget Stastny is even on the roster when you’re surrounded by hat tricks and insane goals from the STL line. Therein lies the problem. To date, Stastny has been disappointing. It’s early, but he has failed to transform any of the lines he has skated on which is a serious issue considering the Blues are paying him $7 million a year.
Through 11 games, Stastny has two goals, three assists and a plus/minus rating of (-7). Now, the plus/minus statistic has its flaws and shouldn’t be used for serious analysis, but it …

Pacioretty’s 2 goals pace Canadiens in win over Blues

 
Max Pacioretty scored twice, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Thursday night.
Dale Weise and Lars Eller also scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 31 saves.
Vladimir Tarasenko was the lone scorer for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots in defeat.
Pacioretty netted the winner at 7:32 of the second – his team-leading ninth goal. He got the better of Allen on a breakaway after taking a stretch pass from linemate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau from his own zone.
The Canadiens (15-5-1) stretched their lead atop the Eastern Conference to three points. The Blues have lost consecutive games after winning 10 of 11.

Video: Vladimir Tarasenko scored another nifty goal

Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t weave through a sea of defensemen or stop time while faking a goaltender out of his pads, but he did score another nifty goal. Here Tarasenko swats the puck out of the air and past Carey Price for his 11th of the year.

A date with NHL-leading Canadiens next up for Blues

The NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues had been cruising along before getting shut out in their last game. Both teams will try to bounce back Thursday night in Montreal, where St. Louis has won six of seven.
The Canadiens (14-5-1) outscored opponents 23-7 during a six-game winning streak before falling 4-0 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Montreal went 0 for 3 on the power play and Carey Price stopped just 18 shots in his worst display of the season.
The Canadiens have been outscored 28-5 in their defeats.
“After winning six straight games, I think the Pittsburgh game was a reality check,” forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau told the team’s official website. “We made a few mental mistakes and missed out on some details. We didn’t skate as well as we have in other games. The forecheck was the key to our success in the games that we’d won. We were lacking in those departments. We need to get back to that for the Blues.”
St. Louis (12-5-1) had wo…

Bruins-Blues Notes: Boston Keeps ‘STL Line’ Scoreless In Quality Defensive Performance

BOSTON — The Bruins played arguably their best defensive game of the season Tuesday night against a St. Louis Blues team with three excellent scoring lines and the second-ranked power play in the NHL.
Boston earned a 2-0 shutout win at TD Garden by keeping a lot of St. Louis’ shots to the perimeter, winning one-on-one puck battles and doing a good job of intercepting/breaking up passes in the neutral zone to slow down the Blues’ transition game.
“As far as the team goes, whenever we play defense like that and keep them on the outside, for the most part, it makes my job easier and I expect to make those saves,” Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said after his first shutout of the campaign.
“Today that was the case for the most part and helps my job, as I said. It doesn’t matter if you play against the best team in the league or the worst team in the league, if you give them chances in the slot, chances are they’re gonna score, so today we pretty well eliminated that.”
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Bruins-Blues 3 Stars: Tuukka Rask Earns First Shutout Of Season

BOSTON — The Bruins won their sixth consecutive game at TD Garden with a 2-0 victory over the red-hot St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
It was a great team effort defensively by the Bruins, who lost defenseman Adam McQuaid early in the second period. The Blues entered the game ranked inside the top 10 in goals scored per game and power-play percentage, but Boston held them scoreless and went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Here are the “3 Stars” from Bruins-Blues.
No. 3 Star: Matt Bartkowski, Defenseman, Boston Bruins
Bartkowski played his best game of the season Tuesday night. He made some excellent plays defensively, which included poke checks that broke up two breakaways and a nice hip check on Blues captain David Backes early in the third period that thwarted a quality scoring chance.
He also picked up his first point of the season with a primary assist on Torey Krug’s second-period goal.
Bartkowski didn’t look afraid to make a mistake, and the confidence he showed with the puck was very encouragi

Blues’ Talented ‘STL’ Line Difficult Challenge For Bruins Defensemen

BOSTON — The Bruins’ blue line will face its toughest challenge of the season Tuesday night when the St. Louis Blues deploy the Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera trio to the TD Garden ice.
The “STL” line, as it’s called, has been the best line in the NHL this season. These three forwards rank in the top three in scoring on the Blues and have been a nightmare for opposing defensemen over the last five games.
Player
GP
G
A
P
Last Five GP
Vladimir Tarasenko
17
10
11
21
2G, 5A
Jaden Schwartz
17
7
11
18
2G, 7A
Jori Lehtera
16
7
10
17
5G, 4A
“They play an old style of 80s/70s hockey,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. “A lot of touch pass, give-and-go, a lot of little short plays that at times drive coaches nuts, but it’s very effective. They play and old, old style, almost a European-Russian style. They look at times like there’s over passing, but there’s a method to the madness and they get the job done. They really compliment each other really well.
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On the plus side, concussion gave Oshie a chance to reboot

ST. LOUIS — There’s never a good time to have a concussion, one of the scariest and most dangerous injuries in sports. And it certainly didn’t look good when Blues forward T.J. Oshie collided with the goal post in a 4-3 overtime win at Dallas, especially considering he was already off to a slow start with just one point in his first eight games.
Alas, some good might have come from the 15-day stretch between games while Oshie waited for his concussion symptoms to disappear.
“I think (he got) a little bit of a chance to sort of step back and take a big-picture view of things,” Blues assistant coach Kevin Shaw says. “Take a deep breath and realize you’re a great hockey player and realize that continuing to do the little things is going to give you success.”
Shaw says the lack of production may have been wearing on the energetic young forward, who looks to be back to his usual self thanks to some patience and hard work.
“I like how he’s come back,” Shaw says. “He’s got a little more s…

Which Coach Has The Most Wins In Blues History?

The St. Louis Blues come to Boston on Tuesday night, and they bring with them one of the NHL’s best records.
The Blues’ 12 wins this season are second only to the Montreal Canadiens this season, and they looked poised for another strong regular season with Ken Hitchcock behind the bench.
No Blues coach has a higher all-time winning percentage, but is he the franchise leader in wins?
Which Blues coach has the most wins in team history?

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NHL Week 6 Roundup: St. Louis dominates

As a hockey fan living in New England, it’s hard to ignore talk about the Boston Bruins. Even non-hockey fans would have their hands full in avoiding knowing how the Bruins are playing.
This constant gossip about Boston hockey has led me to an interesting discovery in the past week. No matter what the Bruins do, it’s never good enough. There are fans up here already writing this season off as a “rebuilding year.” A couple nights ago, I had a conversation with somebody who had the gall to say something to the effect of, “It’s too bad the Bruins are awful this year.”
What? The Bruins are 11-8, are third in the Atlantic, and have been getting better recently. Sure, they’re not playing up to their normal level of the past few years. But they’ve had injuries, and sometimes it just takes time for a team to figure stuff out before they settle in.
I admit, being surrounded by all this negative talk about the Bruins has made me a bit bitter. For those of us who are not fans of a team that have won a

Blues’ Lehtera named NHL’s first star for last week

ST. LOUIS — Another week, another honor for the St. Louis Blues.
Two weeks after linemate Vladimir Tarasenko was named the NHL’s first star for the preceding week, and one week after Tarasenko was the third star, Blues center Jori Lehtera was named the NHL’s first star for the week ending Nov. 16. That’s three weeks in a row a Blues player has been among the league’s top three stars.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price and Nashville forward Filip Forsberg were named second and third star, respectively, for last week.
Lehtera opened the week with a natural hat trick — he scored the first three goals of the game — in a 6-1 win over Buffalo on Tuesday. It was his first career hat trick. Two days later he had two assists as the Blues notched a 4-3 victory over Nashville. Then on Saturday he scored a goal in a 4-1 win over Washington, the Blues’ 10th win in 11 games.
Overall, Lehtera tied for the NHL lead in goals (four) and points (six) and posted a plus-5 rating last week as the 12-4-1 …

Blues receive praise from Capitals after 4-1 win

The St. Louis Blues put on another impressive performance against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, cruising to a 4-1 victory. The game featured long stretches of play where the Blues controlled the pace of the game and contained the Capitals within their own zone. The Capitals haven’t played like a Cup contender so far in 2014-15 and that was made immediately clear as the Blues coasted to a relatively easy win.
Following the game, the Capitals had some big praise for the Blues.
As seen in the Washington Post, Matt Niskanen commented on the Blues:
“Tonight we saw what a real contender looked like. They showed us what it takes to be an elite team. We had a few chances we could’ve capitalized on but for the most part they took us to school.”
Teams around the NHL are taking note. After winning 10 of their last 11, the Blues have climbed to the top of the Central Division and have the league buzzing.
 

Strong group of defenseman deserves credit for Blues’ recent successes, too

ST. LOUIS – The Blues’ electric forwards might be dominating the headlines and highlight shows, but an increasingly strong group of defenseman deserves just as much credit for the team’s recent hot streak.
Even more depth at the position than previously thought led to a surprise trade of veteran Jordan Leopold on Saturday morning, and St. Louis’ top six defenseman validated that confidence a few hours later with a dominant 3-1 win over Washington. The Capitals came into the game ranked 11th in the NHL with 30.8 shots on goal per game before the Blues held them to 24, tied for their third-lowest total in 17 games.
“I thought there was a decent push in the second for them,” said associate coach Brad Shaw, who spoke in place of St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock and noted that Washington looked tired early on in its second game in two days. “I thought our five-man defensive sort of mindset was really well-intentioned tonight.”
NHL shots leader Alex Ovechkin finished with just three as the …

Blues trade Leopold to Columbus for ’16 fifth round pick

ST. LOUIS — Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced Saturday morning the team has traded veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold to Columbus in exchange for rights to a fifth round draft pick in 2016.
The 34-year-old has played seven games as St. Louis’ seventh defenseman, a position that doesn’t figure to get much playing time now that Carl Gunnarsson has fully returned from injury and all the Blues are healthy. Armstrong said the move clears up $1.1 million in cap space, a number that will continue to grow as the season moves toward the trade deadline.
“I think that it’s a difficult time obviously for Jordan to be moving, but I think it’s going to help get him back on the ice on a regular basis in Columbus,” Armstrong said. “We’ve kept $500,000 pro-rated in the salary but we’re going to recall Chris Butler at some point also.”
Butler has been playing as well as anyone for St. Louis’ American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago, and he impressed the Blues as a full-time defenseman…