The Blues are doing the best that they can to put their five game winless (but not pointless!) streak in the past. Their track record of recent blown leads hopefully will be a done deal, with a 5-2 blowout of the New Jersey Devils under their belt. Heck, they were even short five regular players, and they pulled it off without any other guys falling hurt by the wayside.
Factor in the Blues's success at Scottrade against the Hurricanes - a three game win streak at home - and perhaps a three game win streak in general is not out of the question. The Canes themselves are running on a three game streak, last defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday in overtime. Right now, the Hurricanes sit two points back of the Boston Bruins for the East's last wild card spot. A win would go a long way for a franchise that needs a shot in the arm.
The Blues' special teams have the upper hand tonight, with the fifth best power play and third best penalty kill in the league. The Hurricanes have the league's 25th ranked power play, but they also have Justin Faulk, who has 12 powerplay goals - not bad for a defenseman. The Blues probably shouldn't tempt fate.
Luckily, for once, the fates seem to be on the Blues' side. Paul Stastny, who missed Tuesday's game against the Devils, will be in the line-up tonight.sporting a cage.
With Stastny back in, Ty Rattie's reward for his first NHL goal will be a trip to the pressbox. Congrats, kid!
Brian Elliott is starting for the Blues, obviously, and Eddie Lack will be in for the Carolina Hurricanes. Don't discount Lack's stats this year. The taco salesman is undefeated against the Blues in his career.