The Blues are back home after a five game road trip, but they’re only in St. Louis for tonight before heading to Buffalo to square off against the Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Their February schedule is odd (gotta fit in that five day bye week), and it’s nice to have a home game in the middle of of a win streak.
The Blues sweeping their five game road trip was a first in franchise history, and a sign that things might be on an upswing, even with Kyle Broadziak, Paul Stastny, and Robby Fabbri injured. Carter Hutton pitched his second shutout in a row; tonight Jake Allen has a chance to show that the guidance of Martin Brodeur and Ty Conklin is being effective.
Aside from the goaltending switch, there probably won’t be any tweaks to the lines tonight. Here they (may) be:
Alexander Steen - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Kenny Agostino - Ivan Barbashev - Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall - Wade Megan - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Yeo had this to say about his youth movement:
"It's easy for me to trust them right now," Yeo said of the team's recent call-ups from Chicago. "They're doing they're job. That's on them. It's awesome that they scored the goal (in Detroit), I love it. But what I also love is that I can trust these guys in critical moments in top lines. I'm not trying to hide them, and they're rewarding us."
Wait. Not hiding young players? I guess there is a new guy in town after all. The Blues’ spry line of youngsters (and Magnus Paajarvi) are playing at the expense of Dmitrij Jaskin and Nail Yakupov.
The Blues are 3-6-0 to start the new year at Scottrade. Tonight’d be a good chance to change some of that road mojo back over to home success.