The St. Louis Blues were on the road again tonight taking on the New Jersey Devils. Jake Allen would get the start in net for your Blues. The Devils would counter with Cory Schneider. Your forward lines tonight would look a little different as the newest Blues acquisition Martin Havlat would get the start. The forward lines in the opening would be: Steen/Lehtera/Tarasenko, Upshall/Backes/Fabbri, Havlat/Gomez/Brouwer, and Paajarvi/Brodziak/Jaskin. Your defensive parings tonight would consist of the familiar Bouwmeester/Pietrangelo, Edmunson/Shattenkirk and Parayko/Gunnarson.
The start tonight was slow to say the least. The Devils looked like they were skating circles around the guys. Oh wait, they were. Luckily, Allen played out of his mind again tonight. Would have been more worried about the game if he hadn't been looking like the goaltender that has stopped the last 96 out of 97 shots he faced (getting ahead of myself here) . Former Blue Lee Stempniak would get a chance that Allen laughed at:
The Devils would manage 11 shots in the first. Some were great chances but Jake would stand tall. 0-0 after one.
The Blues would control the period. (And the rest of the game for that matter) It looked like the tale of two teams. I would love to be in the locker room once after the Blues have a bad period and turn it around like this. Jake Allen would continue to frustrate the Devils offense. What offense they had that was.
In what was sort of a homecoming for three (Yes, I'm counting Marty) former Devils, two of them would make tonight's score sheet. What better way to welcome yourself to the new team, than by scoring on your old team. Havlat thought that was a GREAT idea. Not only that but Scott Gomez would get the assist for the first Blues goal of the night:
Gomez is proving me wrong as a real asset to the team so far. Troy Brouwer would notch an assist on that goal as well. I'll even throw in an assist to Marty since he was in the booth with JK.
The Blues would turn around the shot advantage and outshoot the Devils 14-4 in the second period(!).
The Blues would continue the upward trend of getting better as the game goes on. As bad or mediocre as the first period was, the third was that much better. Magnus Paajarvi would make his presence felt tonight with a pretty wicked goal of his own to make it 2-0 for the good guys:
Paajarvi has been impressive since coming back to the big club. Tonight his hard work finally paid off. Which might not be great news for Dmitrij Jaskin who has all but disappeared to this point. I thought with the injuries, he would be one of the guys that would jump up and take advantage of the situation. Not so much. Part of it could be Hitch. That's true, but I honestly am not impressed with Jaskin right now.
Jake Allen was on his way to a shut out...or was he? With less than a second to go it looked like the Devils had scored to rob Allen of his second straight shut out:
NO SOUP FOR YOU. Allen gets the shutout and the Blues get the win. 2-0 would be your final score. Havlat didn't get hurt. Actually he looked pretty good for a guy that didn't have a team until now. Jake Allen:
Jake Allen is 6-1-0 his last 7 appearances with 3 shutouts, 0.88 GAA & .971 SV%. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) November 11, 2015
3rd Star: Magnus "Don't you dare send me back to the Wolves" Paajarvi (1 goal, not enough umlauts)
2nd Star: Martin Havlat (1 goal, former Devil, looks better in Blue)
1st Star: Jake Allen (24 Saves, Shutout, I'll name him number one if Hitch won't)
Blues are back Thursday night against the Rangers. Remember folks it's another 6 o'clock start.