Tag: St. Louis Blues

Sergei Bobrovsky

Bobrovsky will miss All-Star Game, replaced by Elliott


The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Sergei Bobrovsky will miss the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.

That’s unfortunately not surprising after he left Wednesday’s contest due to a lower-body injury. If you missed what happened, you can see the incident below:

The Blue Jackets don’t have a timetable for his return. In the meantime, Brian Elliott has been tapped as his replacement for the All-Star Game, per the St. Louis Blues. Elliott has only made 22 starts this season, but he does have a superb 1.86 GAA and .930 save percentage.

Bobrovsky is amazingly the third All-Star goaltender to get hurt before the game following Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard. Marc-Andre Fleury and Jaroslav Halak took their place. As you may have noticed, the injuries have led to both of the Blues goaltenders at the start of the 2013-14 campaign being included for the festivities.


The injury news isn’t all bad in Columbus

Blues won’t extend Tarasenko ’til after season

Vladimir Tarasenko

St. Louis tried to get started on a new contract for Vladimir Tarasenko earlier this season, but is now resigned to the fact it’ll have to wait until the year is over.

That’s per Sportsnet, who on Wednesday reported that Blues GM Doug Armstrong said there’ll be no Tarasenko extension until after the season. What’s more, Sportsnet also reported the Blues are unlikely to give the pending RFA a “bridge deal” — a shorter-term contract (often two-year) that would bring him to unrestricted free agency.

So, time to start speculating!

The 22-year-old Russian is in the midst of a breakout campaign, having already eclipsed his career-high in goals (24 thus far) while emerging as a point-a-game scorer. He’s also heading to his first All-Star Game in Columbus this weekend.

The 16th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, it’s conceivable Tarasenko could get a contract similar to what fellow draft mates Taylor Hall got from Edmonton (seven years, $42 million) or Jeff Skinner got from Carolina (six years, $34.35 million). The rub there, of course, is that both those deals were signed shortly before the old collective bargaining agreement expired; under the new CBA, we’ve seen more bridge deals given to RFAs, including a contentious one hammered out between Columbus and the fourth overall pick in Tarasenko’s draft year — Ryan Johansen.

It’s also worth noting that St. Louis doesn’t have a ton of money being freed up at the end of the season. Barret Jackman and his $3.25M cap hit are done, but the Blues have to also re-up with another key RFA: Jake Allen, the club’s goalie of the future.

Brodeur extends leave from Blues, future ‘should be clearer post All-Star’

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur’s sabbatical from St. Louis continues.

Brodeur, who last week took a leave from the Blues to contemplate his playing future, will now extend that leave through the upcoming All-Star break, per ESPN.

“With the All-Star break already on the way, the Blues have given Marty more time to reflect,” agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports told ESPN. “Everything should be clearer post All-Star next week.”

Brodeur’s leave was granted last Wednesday, which coincided with Brian Elliott returning to full health and being taken off IR. Elliott, along with Jake Allen, is expected to be St. Louis’ goaltending duo moving forward, leaving many questions as to how the 42-year-old fits in. TSN’s Darren Dreger recently speculated that Blues GM Doug Armstrong may consider offering Brodeur a management position within the organization.

Brodeur has gone 3-3-0 with a .899 save percentage for the Blues. He last appeared in a game on Jan. 2.

Blues best Avs, stay red hot going into All-Star break

Carl Gunnarsson, Jaden Schwartz

The St. Louis Blues won’t play again until Jan. 29 because of the All-Star break. They might want to see if they can amend their schedule. Everything seems to be going right for the Blues lately and Monday’s 3-1 victory was no exception.

Coming off of a 27-save shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs, goaltender Brian Elliott was challenged sparingly as he faced just 18 shots on goal, including 10 over the final 40 minutes. Matt Duchene was the only player to beat him tonight and that was partially due to a bad turnover:

The game was tied going into the first intermission, but that didn’t last long as Jaden Schwartz capitalized on a power-play opportunity just 32 seconds into the frame:

T.J. Oshie gave the Blues an insurance goal midway through the second.

St. Louis has now won seven of its last eight contests and it got a consolation point in its loss over that stretch. With a 29-13-4 record, the Blues are in position to make a serious challenge for the Central Division title after the break.

Colorado finished its road trip with a 1-2-2 record, dropping to 19-18-10 this season. The Avalanche are on the outside looking in on the Wild Card race, but they have a game against Boston on Wednesday, giving them one more opportunity to enter the break on a positive note.

Get your game notes: Avs at Blues

Colorado Avalanche v St. Louis Blues
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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• St. Louis streaking: The Blues have points in 7 straight games (6-0-1 record), outscoring opponents 33-13 in that stretch.

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-0 win vs. TOR.

• Ken Hitchcock earned his 685th regular-season win, passing Pat Quinn for 5th in all-time wins.

• The only loss during this stretch came right before the TOR win – a 3-2 (OT) loss vs. DET last Thursday.

• STL is tied with DAL for the 3rd-best offense in the NHL (3.13 goals/gm), and it owns the league’s top power
play (25.2%).

• Colorado finishing up a road trip: The Avs will conclude a 5-game road trip tonight, and have just 1 win in the first 4 games (1-1-2).

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-2 (SO) loss at TB.

• All 3 losses on the road trip have been 1-goal games, with 2 of them coming in a shootout.

• Avs goalies have been under siege, as the team is allowing an average of 36.8 shots/gm on the road trip.

• Central Division scope: The Central has 4 of the top 5 teams in the West, and it is the only division in the NHL in which every team is above .500.

• Brian Elliott (STL) is 4-1-1 since his return from a month-long absence (knee injury – missed 14 gms).

• Elliott is coming off a 27-save shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday – his 3rd shutout of the season and 19th overall in a St. Louis uniform.

• He is now 1 shutout away from tying Jaroslav Halak for the most shutouts in franchise history.

• Elliott leads the NHL in GAA (1.90) and ranks 4th in SV% (.929).

• Last Wednesday, Martin Brodeur was granted a 1-week leave of absence from STL. At the time, the Blues made the following statement: “Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time.”

• Since then, Darren Dreger has reported that Brodeur might be offered a job in the team’s front office as one possible option once the time off is completed. Dreger also said: “It’s hard to imagine that if he was going to accept a position it wouldn’t be with the New Jersey Devils.”


• Steen/Backes/Oshie on fire: Earlier in the season, St. Louis’ line of Schwartz/Lehtera/Tarasenko drew all the press for its chemistry and offensive prowess, but the current trio of Steen/Backes/Oshie are 3 of the NHL’s top 6 scorers in 2015.

•  Steen had 1 goal, 1 assist vs. TOR to extend his goal streak to 5 games, and his overall point streak to 9 games (7G-9A). His career best was a 13-game point streak early on last season.

• Backes has 2 assists vs. TOR to extend his point streak to 6 games (7G-6A), which ties a career-high.

• Six games ago on Jan. 6, Backes scored 4 goals in a win at AZ – his 2nd career 4-goal game.

• Shattenkirk has been on a tear in 2015, with 10 points (3G-7A) in 8 games. Among d-men, he is tied for the NHL lead in scoring with Mark Giordano of CGY (39 pts).

• Shattenkirk’s 24 power play points (4G-20A) lead all NHL skaters.

• Colorado drafted Shattenkirk 14th overall in 2007, and in 2011 he was traded in a multi-player deal to STL. The Blues gave up 2006 #1 overall pick D Erik Johnson in the deal.


• Two of the oldest members of the Avalanche – 35-year-old Alex Tanguay and 37-year-old Jarome Iginla – are the leading scorers on the team this season.

• Tanguay was a 1st round pick by COL in 1998, and while he has played for 3 other teams (CGY, MTL, TB), he is in his 8th season overall with the Avs.

• Career vs. STL: 45 points (11G-34A) in 46 career games.

• Iginla, signed to a 3-yr/$16M contract this offseason from Boston, has totaled 30+ goals and 60+ points in each of the last 12 full seasons (excluding 2012-13 lockout season), but he is falling short of that pace this season.

• Iginla scored his 573rd career goal last Thurs. vs. FLA, tying him with Mike Bossy for 20th place all-time.

• Career vs. STL: 73 points (29G-44A) in 68 career games (w/ CGY, BOS, and COL).

• The Avs have had a top-3 overall pick 3 times in the past 6 seasons. Those 3 players – Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009), captain Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall in 2011), and Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall in 2013) are all performing below their 2013-14 season results.

• Duchene had 70 pts in 71 games last season, but has just 27 pts (12G-15A) in 46 games this season.

• Landeskog set career-highs last season in goals (26) and assists (39); he has just 9 goals and 19 assists in 46 games this season.

• MacKinnon was last season’s Calder Trophy winner (top rookie) with 63 points.

• He had a goal and an assist vs. TB, bringing his season total to 27 pts (9G-18A) this season.

• Semyon Varlamov – a Vezina Trophy nominee last season – has started 11 of the 13 Avalanche games since returning from a groin injury; sustained Dec. 8 (missed 6 gms).

• 11 gms since return: 7-3-1, 1.97 GAA, .940 SV%, 2 shutouts.