Scouting Report: St. Louis Blues
CALGARY, AB -- It’s business as usual for the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues, who have lost just seven games in regulation this season, enter Monday’s tilt against the Calgary Flames having won two straight and earning points in seven of their past 10 games.
Powered by an offense that is second in the National Hockey League at 3.49 goals per game and a defence that averages just 2.29, St. Louis sits just five points back of the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks while holding three games at hand.
This Season: 24-7-4, 52 points (4th in West)
Last Season: 29-17-2, 60 points (4th in West)
Notable Additions: C Keith Aucoin, C Alexandre Bolduc, C Maxim Lapierre ,LW Magnus Paajarvi, C Derek Roy, LW Brendan Morrow.
Notable Subtractions: RW Jamie Langenbrunner, LW/C Andy McDonald, C Scott Nichol, LW David Perron, D Kris Russell
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
Capped with a hat trick against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, Stewart has been the Blues most dangerous forward of late. The 26-year-old has points in five of his last six games, amassing eight goals and 10 points during that span. He had just five goals before finding his stride in the last two weeks.
The 22-year-old Tarasenko has struggled to produce points of late and hasn’t registered on the score sheet since a two-goal outing against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 14th -- a span of four games. Still, the 6-foot, 219-pound forward has 11 goals on the season, fourth best on the Blues.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sent to St. Louis last spring in exchange for Reto Berra, Mark Cundari and a first round pick (used to select Emile Poirier), Bouwmeester has adjusted well to the Blues. The former Flames defenceman has 21 assists and 24 points in 35 games this season -- seventh among all blueliners.
Backes returned to the Blues lineup on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers after missing two games with an upper-body injury. The St. Louis captain was held pointless, but does have 16 goals and 30 points, both second to team leader Alexander Steen.
The Blues recalled Jaskin on Sunday and the 20-year-old could mark his season debut against the Flames on Monday. Originally selected in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jaskin has two career NHL games under his belt and is still seeking his first point.