The St Louis Blues return home from their 3-game road trip through Western Canada and host the Calgary Flames tonight at Scottrade Center. The Blues’ trip through Canada ended in mixed results, with the team going 1-1-1 and leaving with 3 out of a possible 6 points. This was the first bump in the road after the team won their first 3 games out of the gate. St Louis will be looking to get back to their winning ways of those first games when the puck drops tonight at 8:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM CT.
This offseason the St Louis Blues saw goaltender Brian Elliott and forward Troy Brouwer both move to the Calgary Flames. Tonight will be the first time that they will return to St Louis with their new team. Elliott was a fan favorite in net for the Blues, with chants of “Moose” often heard in the arena. He recorded 55 wins at home in Scottrade Center for the Blues, only trailing Grant Fuhr with 60 wins at home in franchise history. Brouwer did not spend as much time in St Louis, but last season he recorded 18 goals and 21 assists for The Note.
The Blues last game was Saturday night in Calgary. David Perron was on fire for St Louis. He not only got his first goal in his return to the Blues, but he recorded 2 more goals for good measure. Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen rounded out the scoring that night to give the Blues the 6-4 victory over the Flames.
Elliott did not play between the pipes on Saturday for Calgary when these two teams matched up. Instead Chad Johnson got the start in net for the Flames against Jake Allen for the Blues. Tonight Elliott will start in his old home of Scottrade Center. He will not be facing his former teammate Allen, but instead will be up against Carter Hutton.
The Flames enter tonight’s game fresh off of a big win against the Blackhawks last night. The game took them into a shootout, but Elliott was a star who came through when his team needed him the most. This was a big win for Elliott, who has been struggling early in this season with the Flames.
St Louis fans should look to see Flames number 19. That is Matthew Tkachuk, son of Keith Tkachuk. Matthew will be playing his first game against St Louis tonight. He was drafted 6th overall in 2016, and one of 5 players from St Louis taken in the first round of the draft. Tkachuk has already scored his first NHL goal, which took place against Buffalo on October 18.
Side Notes: Steen will be dressing in his 500th game as a Blue tonight. This will make him the 16th player in franchise history to reach this mark. He is also one goal shy of 200 career goals. Congratulations Steen!
The Blues penalty killing is clicking right now. They have killed off 19 consecutive penalties entering tonight’s game, and currently rank 2nd in the NHL with a penalty kill of 95 percent.
Let’s Go Blues!
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