Scouting Report: St. Louis Blues
CALGARY, AB -- It hasn’t been long since the St. Louis Blues visited Scotiabank Saddledome, but in the two weeks since the Calgary Flames took a dramatic, come-from-behind 4-3 victory on Dec. 23rd, the Blues have been flawless.
Since dropping the contest in a shootout, the Blues have rattled off six consecutive wins, including four straight in regulation. Over their past 14 games, the Blues are 11-1-2, too.
A victory in Calgary Thursday night would give St. Louis their longest winning since a nine-game run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, 2002.
This Season: 30-7-5, 65 points (3rd in West)
Last Season: 29-17-2, 60 points (4th in West)
Injuries: Alex Steen (concussion), Roman Polak (ankle), TJ Oshie (undisclosed, day-to-day)
Flames Season Series Record: 1-1-0
Elliott has won six straight starts and was named the NHL’s second star for the week ending Jan. 5 after posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and .962 save percentage. The Blues goaltender, who is no lock to start against the Flames, has an overall record of 13-1-2 with three shutouts this season.
Bouwmeester is in his worst slump of the season, recording just one point -- an assist -- in his previous five outings. The Olympian and former Flames defenceman is still among the league’s elite in points from a blueliner with 24 assists and 27 points in 42 games.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Though he failed to record a point against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, Schwartz has been as hot as any Blues forward of late. The 21-year-old product of Wilcox, SK had 10 points over an eight-game point-scoring streak before being blanked up north.
Tarasenko snapped a four-game pointless drought the last time he visited Calgary. Since then, the 22-year-old Russian has been red-hot. Including his assist against the Flames, Tarasenko has points in six of his past seven games, amassing 10 points in that span.
Pietrangelo, who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, comes to Calgary with three consecutive multi-point games. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound defenceman has 30 points, sixth among blueliners this season.