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St. Louis Blues' Johnson Has 32 Save Shutout

St. Louis Blues' Johnson Has 32 Save Shutout

November 9th, 2018 ST. LOUIS — Chad Johnson made 32 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, helping the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Friday night. Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O'Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, and Alexander Steen scored. The Blues have won four of five ga...
Ryan O'Reilly: Blues' Best Player?

Ryan O'Reilly: Blues' Best Player?

November 8th, 2018 The St. Louis Blues collected a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, thanks mostly to Ryan O'Reilly's first career hat trick. It was the latest reminder of the incredible player the Blues got in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres back in July, a player who is now far and...

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October 30th, 2018
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The St. Louis Blues had their backs to the wall before Saturday's commanding 7-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. But the joy of the victory was muted somewhat by the injury which took Jake Allen out of the game late in the second period. After a late collision with teammate Zach Sanford in his own net, Allen left the game and did not return. Consequently, the Blues called up goaltending prospect Ville Husso from the AHL today to support Chad Johnson with Allen on the shelf. But Husso wasn't the only call-up of the afternoon. A trio of players who missed the first month of the season with various injuries have been called up after brief conditioning stints with the San Antonio Rampage. While corresponding moves have not all been announced, we have a good idea what the Blues will look like when they face off against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday evening, and there are several significant differences in the roster. Four Players Called Up Ville Husso As we've already...
October 25th, 2018
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The St. Louis Blues are off to a paltry 2-3-3 start and after a particularly troublesome collapse against the Winnipeg Jets on the road, they are headed home for a seven-game homestand, their longest of the season. While it is far too early to panic, looking at the statistics shows some troubling trends that may point to the team's larger struggles. Let's take a dive into five of the most disturbing stats on the Blues right now. 1) Star Forwards Aren't Scoring The Blues' scoring has been uneven, to say the least. David Perron leads the team with five goals, mostly thanks to his hat trick against the Calgary Flames. More frighteningly, Perron, Ryan O'Reilly, and four defensemen (Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Colton Parayko, and Robert Bortuzzo) are responsible for 58.3% of the Blues' goals this season, as well as 50.8% of all points. It normally wouldn't be too concerning for six players to score half of a team's goals; after all, six players are responsible for 30...
October 22nd, 2018
Blues Prospects

The St. Louis Blues played their seventh game of the season on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and for the second straight game, top prospect Robert Thomas was scratched from the lineup. Despite the Blues' victory, it's a concerning trend for the 19-year-old, who was consistently ranked amongst the league's top prospects entering the season. The repeated scratches have led some fans to question whether head coach Mike Yeo is falling into an old pattern. Yeo has frequently been criticized for mismanaging young talents, and some fear that Thomas will be just another victim of that mismanagement as long as Yeo remains the coach in St. Louis. But is that a fair evaluation of either Thomas or Yeo? Or is there more to the story? Thomas' Season So far, Thomas has played in five of the team's seven games, averaging under nine minutes (8:51) a game. That number would be even lower but for the fact that Thomas was deployed for 11:12 in the first game of the...
October 20th, 2018
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Six games into the St. Louis Blues' young season, the team is 1-3-2 and facing some significant problems. Chief among them may be the struggles of their defensive corps, an expected strength of the team. The defense is led by team captain Alex Pietrangelo, but his play on the ice has been less than stellar, and it's causing some fans to panic. It is safe to say that the Blues will go nowhere if their cornerstone defenseman can't fix whatever ails him. Let's take a look at his play and what needs to change. Pietrangelo's Paltry Start Through six games, Alex Pietrangelo is a minus-six and has zero points. He is one of just three skaters on the Blues who have played multiple games and failed to record a point (along with forward Sammy Blais and fellow defenseman Robert Bortuzzo). Pietrangelo still leads all skaters in average time on ice by over four minutes per game, but that time on ice has led to a Corsi For percentage (CF%) of just 44.0, far shy of his career mark of...