Elliott to Start Tonight against Chicago
Brian Elliott will start in goal tonight when the Blues meet the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX 1120 AM).
Elliott picked up his first win of the season yesterday in relief of Jaroslav Halak. Elliott stopped all 13 shots he faced and then turned aside two Predators (Craig Smith and Martin Erat) in the shootout to help the Blues to their second consecutive win.
“You just want to do your best for the guys,” Elliott said after the game. “When you get thrown in the fire, obviously (with) the long layover that we had last year (and) my first action of the year, it’s almost better to get in there with really nothing to lose and go out there and play your game. Let the guys in front of you do their job.”
"We got a real good effort from Elliott to lock it down," Ken Hitchcock said after the game.
Elliott is looking for his first career win at United Center. He’s started two games in Chicago, posting a 1.93 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in those games.
Both teams enter tonight’s game with a 2-0 record. The Blackhawks have scored 11 goals in their two wins, which came against the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.
NEW MILESTONE FOR STEEN
Steen will play in his 500th NHL game tonight.
"I think I fall in that category of guys that doesn’t really look at that stuff, but obviously growing up, I never thought I’d play 500 games in the NHL," Steen told Chris Kerber in an interview for stlouisblues.com (video above). "It’s always been a dream to actually do it, so it’s a good feeling."
Tonight will be Steen's 247th game with the Blues.
- Andy McDonald has a 5-game point streak against Chicago (5 goals, 2 assists). He also has 10 points against Chicago (5 goals, 5 assists) in his last 9 games.
- Oshie has 4 goals and 12 assists (16 points) in his last 15 games against the Blackhawks.
- Vladimir Tarasenko has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in his first two NHL games, which ties a Blues rookie record set by Wayne Babych in 1978.
- The Blues have a league-best 5 power-play goals, good for a 71.4% conversion rate through two games. They’ve scored those 5 goals on just 9 power-play shots.