St. Louis Blues

Video: Shattenkirk injured, won’t return after collision with Ovechkin


The St. Louis Blues have been red-hot lately, and Kevin Shattenkirk has been a big part of their success, but Sunday showed how quickly such things can change.

Shattenkirk took an ugly spill after a collision with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in the first period. He won’t return.

It’s currently labeled a lower-body injury, which might be the best news for St. Louis:

Just moments ago, David Backes was ejected for boarding Karl Alzner, so it’s been a physical contest so far. Tune in on NBCSN.

NHL on NBCSN: Blues try to stay hot against Capitals

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Washington Capitals host the St. Louis Blues at the Verizon Center at 1:00 p.m. ET today. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Washington Capitals saw Braden Holtby fall just short in a goalie duel against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, and now they must take on the red-hot St. Louis Blues today.

Any way you slice it, the 31-13-4 St. Louis Blues are on a roll right now.

Regarding the team itself, the Blues have generated a point in 10 straight games (9-0-1), including wins in each of two contests since returning from the All-Star break. They’ve been getting great work in net from Brian Elliott while captain David Backes has generated a ridiculous 16 points during a nine-game tear.

The Blues beat the Capitals 4-1 in the two squads’ other meeting earlier this season.

While St. Louis is scorching, the Capitals are struggling a bit, at least after a hot run of their own. They’re now 1-3-2 in their last six contests.

One obvious advantage Washington has is home ice today. They’re 13-5-5 at the Verizon Center, although the Blues haven’t been pushovers away from their own friendly confines, as they have a 12-9-2 road record so far in 2014-15.

It all shapes up to be a serious challenge for the Capitals, yet there are times when overcoming such obstacles can shape breakthroughs.

Blues extend win streak to four with victory in Carolina


St. Louis squandered an early 2-0 lead, but Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Blues edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Blues have won four straight and have points in 10 consecutive games (9-0-1).

The loss saw Carolina’s three-game win streak come to an end.

Ryan Reaves and David Backes scored on the Blues first three shots of the game chasing Canes’ starter Anton Khudobin 3:25 into the first period.

Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy scored for the Canes tying it 2-2.

Cam Ward, who picked up the loss, made 29 saves in relief of Khudobin.

The game nearly didn’t get to overtime.

With 6:34 remaining in the third, Brett Bellemore caught Jake Allen napping and put his dump-in off the post.

Allen made 26 saves and improved to 14-5-2 on the season.

Canes’ Khudobin yanked after allowing 2 goals on 3 shots

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Carolina Hurricanes’ starter Anton Khudobin didn’t even make it to the four-minute mark tonight against the St. Louis Blues.

Khudobin was replaced by Cam Ward after allowing two goals on the Blues’ first three shots.

David Backes’ 17th of the season was the end for Khudobin.

The 28-year-old entered the game 6-0-0 with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in his previous seven appearances.

Ward is making his first appearance since a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 16.

Goalie nods: Miller faces Sabres for first time


All the latest from the blue paint…

Miller to face ex-mates

Ryan Miller will take on Buffalo for the first time since last season’s trade to St. Louis when his new team, the Vancouver Canucks, host the Sabres tonight at Rogers Arena.

Miller spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career with Buffalo, going 284-186-57 with a 2.60 goals-against average and 28 shutouts. He also captured the Vezina award in ’10, becoming the first Sabres netminder to do it since Dominik Hasek.

Now a Canuck, Miller has done well throughout the first half of the year. He’s gone 23-11-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .917 save percentage, and sits second in the league with five shutouts.

No word yet on who’ll start for Buffalo this evening.


Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Blues at ‘Canes: Jake Allen vs. Anton Khudobin

Preds at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a Nashville starter.

‘Hawks at Ducks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.