The forward lines would look like this for the matchup against the Jets. Patrik Berglund would be with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko. Scottie Upshall would be with Alexander Steen and David Backes. Robby Fabbri would be with Jori Lehtera and Troy Brouwer. Ryan Reaves would rejoin the lineup tonight as he would be with Magnus Paajarvi and Kyle Brozdiak. Of course the big change for the Blues would be on defense as of course Alex Pietrangelo is out with a knee issue. That being said Kevin Shattenkirk would take his place with Jay Bouwmeester (Shatty also apparently wearing an A for now) Carl Gunnarsson and Colton Parayko would be pair number two and Joel Edmundson and Robert Bortuzzo would be pair number three. In goal for the Blues would be Brian Elliott. Lineup note for the Jets side...Drew Stafford would not play tonight as he was serving his one game suspension.
The Blues and Jets played tonight at Scottrade and shocker it was another close one. However, before the tilt, the Blues celebrated their 50th birthday with a ceremonial puck drop:
Elliott would look good early on in the game and late in the first would make this great save against Blake Wheeler.
The second period provided the only offense of the game for both teams. The first goal of the game would belong to the Jets though. Bryan Little would score after Elliott would play (or try to play) the puck. It would bounce in front of the crease and even though Steen was there Little would beat Elliott for the 1-0 Jets lead. The Blues would answer right back though as Parayko would unleash his cannon of a shot for his seventh goal of the year. Lehtera(17), and Fabbri(11) would get the assists on the power play.
Despite the fluke goal earlier in the game Elliott would play stout as the game went on. This save coming against Joel Armia in the third.
The Blues in the overtime and shootout were lackluster at best. Again, Elliott was the best player on the ice tonight. Dustin Byfuglien (who just got paaaaid btw) is denied in the extra frame by Elliott on a chance right in front with the big buffalo crashing in on net:
The only decent chance the Blues would get in the shootout would come from Tarasenko...
The Jets would finally win it when Mark Scheifele would get one past Elliott.
The Blues earn a Gary Bettman participation point in the 2-1 shootout loss. Blues were out-shot 33-22. They did connect on one of their three powerplays. The Jets were 0-5 on the man advantage. Why was 56 out for three on three? Why was Brouwer out in shootout before Fabbri or even Shattenkirk? Interesting moves by Hitch late.
Hitch cont'd: "We didn't ...compete ... for ... the... puck ... in ... the ... offensive ... zone. Pretty simple."— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 10, 2016
Hitch: "We didn't compete for the puck. Our goalie was our best player again, played great." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 10, 2016
Elliott on goal: "It was spinning up in the air & you kind of lose it up in the lights & stuff. No excuses; they capitalized on it."— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 10, 2016
Brian Elliott has allowed one or fewer goals in five of past seven starts, yet is only 3-2-2 with a 1.27 GAA & .958 SV% #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 10, 2016
Third Star: Bryan Little (1 goal, no word on if he's related to Stuart Little)
Second Star: Brian Elliott (.970 SV% No word if he tried to burn down Scottrade after no goal support AGAIN.)
First Star: Connor Hellebuyck (1 goal allowed. THERE WAS HELLEBUYCK TO PAY)
The Blues next game is Friday. It's on the road against the Florida Panthers.