Homecoming for Several Blues in Toronto

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 12:33 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Gameday Blog
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Homecoming for Several Blues in Toronto



TORONTO - Tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a homecoming of sorts for several Blues.

Alex Pietrangelo grew up just over an hour north of Toronto in King City. Carlo Colaiacovo and Chris Porter are both Toronto natives, and Alexander Steen, although a Winnipeg native, spent three years with the Maple Leafs.

“It’s always special to come home and see the family,” Pietrangelo said after Tuesday’s morning skate, which was his third in Toronto. “Last night was a great opportunity to kinda catch up with everyone. You don’t get that chance too often, so I made sure I took advantage of it. I saw the parents, saw the grandparents and slept in my own bed. (I have) lots of energy today.”

Pietrangelo said his parents, grandparents and a few buddies will be at the game tonight, which begins at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX 1120 AM.

The Blues will be facing a Maple Leafs team that has lost five consecutive games and is barely hanging on to the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

“They’re going to come. We’re aware of it,” Steen said. “This is an emotional building for them as well and they want to come out and play well in front of their fans. Saying that, we’ve got to make sure that we play the way that we play.”

Goalie James Remier, who has been playing for the injured Jonathan Bernier, has given up 19 goals in the losing streak. Bernier has been recovering from a groin injury and skated today. He could make a return to the lineup tonight.

RIGHT AT HOME

Ryan Miller, who is back between the pipes for the Blues tonight, is no stranger to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Since the 2005-06 season, Miller has made 49 starts against Toronto, more than any other goaltender in that time frame. Miller is 31-15-3 in his career against the Leafs, and his goals-against average (2.46) and save-percentage (.922) rank fifth among goalies with at least 10 starts vs. Toronto over the last nine seasons.

Since joining the Blues, Miller is 7-2-1, stopping 218 of 238 shots.

LINEUP NOTES

Carlo Colaiacovo, a Toronto native that began his career with the Leafs, will be in the lineup tonight in front of a big group of friends and family. He will be making just his 17th appearance of the season, but said he’s always working on keeping himself mentally and physically prepared.

“I’m pretty confident in my abilities and I’ve played in the League a long time, played in some big games and played on this team before,” Colaiacovo said. “I just use those positives and those characteristics to help me to do what I need to do. My ultimate goal is to do whatever I can to contribute and help the team win.”

Derek Roy (lower-body) and Vladimir Tarasenko are injured and won’t be in the lineup tonight.

BLUE NOTES

- The Blues are 3-0-2 in their last five games against the Maple Leafs. In addition, the Blues have points in eight consecutive games at Air Canada Centre (6-0-1-1). The last regulation loss against Toronto on the road occurred on Feb. 4, 1998, when Al MacInnis scored and was named the No. 2 star that night.

- This is the second meeting between the teams this season. The Blues won 6-3 on Dec. 12.

- Steen has three goals and one assist in four games against his former team.

- Kevin Shattenkirk is one assist short of 100 as a Blue.

- The Blues are a League-best 20-5-2 in intra-conference play, including a 9-5-1 mark on the road.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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