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Elliott to Start Tonight against Chicago

Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 12:52 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider
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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.”

Alex Pietrangelo’s goal in the third period tied the game for the Blues, and T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen each scored in the shootout to help the Blues earn a 4-3 shootout victory.

"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.

NOTEWORTHY STATS

  • 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.

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HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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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