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A Few Notes from Thursday's Scrimmage

Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 9:28 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider
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A Few Notes from Thursday\'s Scrimmage


We had originally intended to provide scoring and stats from the second (and final) scrimmage of Training Camp tonight. But after two periods and a 1-1 tie between Team Blue and Team White, several players switched teams so Head Coach Ken Hitchcock could get a good look at the power-play and penalty-kill units.

As a result, our scoring resembled nothing close to official, and there was really no scientific way to bring you team stats or a final score. So we decided the best way to cover Thursday's scrimmage was to provide you with some notes worth mentioning (oh, and a video interview with Kevin Shattenkirk above, who says he thinks the Blues will definitely be ready for Saturday).

  • Andy McDonald was expected to suit up for Team Blue on Thursday night, but wasn't on the ice for the scrimmage. The team said afterwards that McDonald has the flu and thought it would be best to keep him away from the team with Opening Night less than 48 hours away. McDonald is expected to return to camp tomorrow.
  • Alex Pietrangelo had a great shot in the second period that beat Jaroslav Halak to open the scoring. David Backes and T.J. Oshie picked up assists on the goal, which came during 4-on-4 play.
  • Vladimir Tarasenko got his first assist on a goal that Roman Polak scored from an impossible angle in the second period. Tarasenko ended up with a partial breakaway and got a great scoring chance, but Brian Elliott kept him from lighting the lamp.
  • In a third period consisting of nothing but power-plays and penalty-kills, Team Blue scored two power-play goals (Backes and Stewart) but gave up a shorthanded goal to defenseman Jeff Woywitka with a 5-on-3 advantage.
  • Eleven players participated in the shootout at the end of the scrimmage. Chris Stewart, T.J. Oshie, David Perron, Vladimir Sobotka and Matt D'Agostini scored, and let me tell you that some of those goals featured some jaw-dropping moves.
  • The Blues had to open the Mezzanine Level to accommodate all the fans that showed up for the scrimmage. The team announced attendance at 10,200. Comparatively, the first day of Training Camp was attended by 5,500 fans and Tuesday's scrimmage was played before 8,000 fans.

Training Camp continues on Friday with one more practice at 11:30 a.m. As with all Training Camp events, the event is free and open to the public.

The season begins on Saturday. We can't wait.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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