Blues Gameday Preview: New Jersey Devils – 2/16/23

After scoring six goals two games ago against the Arizona Coyotes, the St. Louis Blues‘ offense remained hot on Valentine’s Day, scoring six goals for the second straight game in a dominant 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers. This marks the first time the Blues have scored at least five goals in back-to-back games since Jan. 3 and Jan. 5. On the night, goals were recorded by Brayden Schenn (14, 15), Nick Leddy (2), Ryan O’Reilly (12), Jordan Kyrou (24), and Ivan Barbashev on an empty net goal (10). In a time where his name is being mentioned more and more in possible trade talks, Barbashev led the team in points on the night with three.

St. Louis Blues' Gameday Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, Justin Faulk and Jordan Binnington

The Blues now sit at 25-25-3 overall (53 points), are 2-0 since the trade of Vladimir Tarasenko, and are 11-4 in games where he hasn’t been in the lineup. Coming up next is a much tougher Eastern Conference foe in the New Jersey Devils, who come in with an overall record of 35-13-5 (75 points) and are 7-1-2 in their last 10. In that same stretch, they haven’t beaten a single opponent by more than two goals and have a goal differential of only +4 (32-28). However, they did make history recently, becoming the fastest team in NHL history to reach 20 road wins in a season, accomplishing the feat in just 26 games (20-3-3).

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These two teams have already played one another this season, with the Blues scoring three goals in the third period to notch a come-from-behind 5-3 victory in New Jersey. All time, the Blues are 61-38-14-2 against the Devils.

Blues Projected Lineup


Ivan Barbashev – Ryan O’Reilly – Pavel Buchnevich

Brayden Schenn – Robert Thomas – Jordan Kyrou

Jake Neighbours – Noel Acciari – Sammy Blais

Alexey Toropchenko – Nathan Walker – Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Barbashev St. Louis Blues
Ivan Barbashev, St. Louis Blues (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)


Nick Leddy – Colton Parayko

*Torey Krug – Justin Faulk

Tyler Tucker – Calle Rosen


Jordan Binnington

*Krug is a game-time decision

Saad to Injured Reserve, Krug a Game-Time Decision

During the second period of Tuesday’s (Feb. 14) win over the Coyotes, Brandon Saad left the ice with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. It has since been announced by general manager Doug Armstrong that he’s been placed on the injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least seven days – a stretch in which the Blues play the Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators, and Carolina Hurricanes. 20-year-old forward Jake Neighbours has been recalled from the American Hockey League (AHL) in a corresponding move. Saad has 15 goals and 22 points in 46 games this season.

Brandon Saad St. Louis Blues
Brandon Saad, St. Louis Blues (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In that same game, Torey Krug left the ice with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. It was tough to tell what happened, as he sustained the injury while shooting stationary from the blue line and didn’t receive contact of any kind. After the game and the following day, head coach Craig Berube wasn’t aware of the full extent of Krug’s injury but seemed confident that he wouldn’t be sidelined for long. Krug skated with the team this morning (Feb. 16) and appears to be a game-time decision for tonight but is expected to play.

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Devils Projected Lineup*

*Lineup from previous game. The team held an optional morning skate.


Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt

Yegor Sharangovich – Erik Haula – Favian Zetterlund

Tomas Tatar – Jesper Boqvist – Dawson Mercer

Miles Wood – Michael McLeod – Nathan Bastian


Jonas Siegenthaler – Dougie Hamilton

Ryan Graves – John Marino

Kevin Bahl – Damon Severson


Vitek Vanacek

Who to Watch

St. Louis Blues: Ivan Barbashev

Barbsahev led the Blues with three points in their most recent win over the Panthers, logging one goal in two assists. With Saad sidelined, he will find himself on the top line with O’Reilly and Buchnevich. With the trade deadline fast approaching, this will likely serve as a time in which Barbashev can maximize his ice time and showcase his skills. He’s rumored to be one of the more highly sought-after players on the market right now, and a strong showing could net the Blues an extremely valuable return.

New Jersey Devils: Dougie Hamilton

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton has already set a career-high in points this season with 52 (15 goals), ranking him fourth among all NHL defenders in that category. Since the start of 2023, he’s been better than a point-per-game player with 24 points in 17 games. He’s been deadly on the power play (PP) this season (seven goals, 16 assists), and with the Blues missing one of their main penalty killers in Saad, Hamilton may add to his impressive PP numbers.

How to Watch

New Jersey Devils @ St. Louis Blues – 8:00 PM CST

The Devils and Blues square off at 8:00 PM tonight at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. For the second straight game, you can watch the broadcast on ESPN. As always, you can catch the radio broadcast on 101 ESPN and the Blues App.

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