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With Berglund and Lehtera out, Blues recall AHL sniper Rattie


Ty Rattie is in line for one of the biggest opportunities of his young career.

The St. Louis prospect, who finished fourth in the AHL last year with 31 goals, has been called up to the bigs in advance of tonight’s game against Carolina.

St. Louis lost a pair of forwards to injury in last night’s win over Nashville — Jori Lehtera and Patrick Berglund — neither of whom will be available tonight. That’ll open the door for Rattie to play in just his third career NHL contest, and first this season.

The Blues’ second-round pick (32nd overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Rattie has 17 goals for AHL Chicago this season and was recently named to his first AHL All-Star Classic. With Lehtera and Berglund out (and Chris Porter on IR), St. Louis only had 11 healthy forwards on the active roster, so this marks a really good chance for the 21-year-old Rattie to get some minutes, and see if his minor-league scoring prowess can translate to the NHL.

Blues stay hot, but lose Lehtera, Berglund vs. Preds

Patrik Berglund

The Blues battled hard in a back-and-forth game against the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators Thursday night and in the end, St. Louis managed to come away with a 5-4 shootout victory. Improving to 8-0-1 in its last nine games, it seems the All-Star break hasn’t disrupted St. Louis’ forward momentum.

Unfortunately the Blues are facing a new challenge now. Patrik Berglund sustained an upper-body injury during the second period and the Blues then lost Jori Lehtera (upper body) in the third. The severity of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear, but Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has already ruled them out for Friday’s contest against Carolina, per the team’s Twitter feed.

Lehtera, 27, has spent much of the season playing on an effective line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. That’s helped Lehtera score nine goals and 30 points in 46 contests in his first NHL season.

The 26-year-old Berglund hasn’t been as productive offensively with six goals and 16 points in 46 games, but he’s looked very good from an analytics perspective. Using Corsi, the Blues take 55.5% of all 5-on-5 shots when Berglund is on the ice and just 49.5% when he’s not, per the War on Ice.

With last night’s win, the Blues trial Nashville by just four points, but on the other hand their hold on second place in the Central Division is far from secure. Chicago is only two points behind St. Louis and Winnipeg is four points shy.

Here’s why Brodeur is working for Blues (instead of Devils)

Martin Brodeur, Doug Armstrong

It was odd enough for New Jersey Devils fans to see Martin Brodeur in a St. Louis Blues uniform, but to stay with the organization as assistant general manager? More than a few brows must have furrowed in the Garden State.

For those wondering, the just-retired Brodeur was offered a “substantial” job with the Devils, yet the Blues’ offer won out because it allows him to keep a more hands-on role with players. Here’s the full explanation from NJ Advance Media:

1. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello came up with a job offer that Brodeur called “substantial” but it was away from the actual team and his new position as assistant to Blues GM Doug Armstrong allows him to stay close to the players. The Devils’ offer was not to be assistant GM.

One imagines having a title like assistant GM doesn’t hurt either, mind you. (To emphasize the position being legit, that article notes that Brodeur is now in John Davidson’s old office. Quite a legacy of goalies-turned-suits there, huh?)

Along with saying goodbye with a smile on his face, Brodeur also took to social media to say thank you to his many fans.

Goalie nods: Dubnyk goes again for Wild in key game vs. Flames


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All Devan, all the time

Devan Dubnyk has been the goalie of record for Minnesota since coming over from Arizona two weeks ago, and that won’t change tonight when the Wild face the Flames in Calgary.

Dubnyk, who’s posted a .911 save percentage and 2.04 GAA in five games, is coming off a 2-1 win over Edmonton in which he stopped 23 of 24 shots. He’ll need a similar performance tonight if the 12th-place Wild want to stay within striking distance of the eighth-place Flames, who are currently seven points up in the standings:

For Calgary, Jonas Hiller starts in goal.


Bruins at Isles: Jaroslav Halak for New York, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Habs at Rangers: Carey Price vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Jets at Flyers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Steve Mason

Jackets at Panthers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Roberto Luongo

Wings at Bolts: Petr Mrazek vs. Ben Bishop

Stars at Sens: Robin Lehner for Ottawa, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Coyotes at Leafs: Mike Smith vs. Jonathan Bernier

Preds at Blues: Carter Hutton vs. Brian Elliott

Sabres at Oilers: Jhonas Enroth vs. Ben Scrivens

Ducks at Sharks: Ilya Bryzgalov likely for Anaheim, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.

Poll: Where does Brodeur rank among all-time goalie greats?

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur officially ended his illustrious career on Thursday, walking away with a laundry list of accolades that might never be duplicated:

— 691 wins, most in NHL history (and 301 more than the new active leader, Roberto Luongo.)

— 125 shutouts, most in NHL history. One of only two goalies to ever hit triple digits in clean sheets (the other, Terry Sawchuk, had 103.)

— 74, 438 minutes played, most in NHL history. (Next closest? Patrick Roy, at 60K.)

— Four Vezinas, three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals and a Calder Trophy.

There’s no argument about Brodeur’s spot in the Hall of Fame — that’s a lock. The real debate is if he’s the greatest goalie ever.

Others in that conversation include…

Dominik Hasek: Six Vezina wins and the highest save percentage (.922) of all time. Biggest accolade, though, might be that he’s the only goalie in league history to win two Hart Trophies as league MVP.

Patrick Roy: Won four Cups, and his postseason excellence is unparalleled — he remains the only player to win the Conn Smythe three times.

Jacques Plante: A goaltending innovator (the first to wear a mask regularly.) No netminder has won more Stanley Cups (six) or Vezinas (seven).

Terry Sawchuk: In terms of longevity, he was Brodeur before Brodeur. Played for 21 seasons — winning four Cups and four Vezinas — and retired as the all-time shutouts leader (a record Brodeur broke in 2009).

Others: Ken Dryden, Tony Esposito, Glen Hall.

With that on the table, go ahead and vote: