Blues Get Another Shot at Flyers
ST. LOUIS - Less than two weeks after their first meeting (a 4-1 Flyers win at Wells Fargo Center on March 22), the Blues get a chance to avenge the loss tonight (7 p.m. - NBCSN, KMOX).
“We didn’t have a bad game against them (last time). We missed some scoring opportunities and hit a lot of posts and they were victors in the end,” Barret Jackman said. “They’re a great team, they’re very physical, they’re fast and they play in-your-face hockey. We know (tonight) is going to be a tough game from the drop of the puck and it’s going to take three periods to get under their skin and push them back into their net.”
Said Ryan Miller, “They’re a hard-grinding team with a lot of skill. They like to throw the body around. They create offense from behind the net, they can create it off the rush, they can create it from the point. They’re pretty well balanced in that regard, so you just have to stay alert.”
The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Boston, while the Blues are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. After practice yesterday, Ken Hitchcock talked about getting his team back to a 60-minute game.
"What I'm troubled by that I'd like to see changed is we're in the 40-50 minute range for hockey, not the 60-minute," Hitchcock said. "We were great against Toronto, went to sleep for 10 minutes, game on. We were asleep for 10 minutes against Minnesota and then game on. You all know what the playoffs are like; you can't sleep for 10 minutes. It's game over, not game on."
Ryan Miller said communication with his defense has been fine since making the move from Buffalo, but he wants to get a better handle on his new teammates’ voices.
Last week against Toronto, Miller left the crease to play the puck and heard someone yelling for him to leave it alone. It turns out that player was Maple Leafs’ forward Jay McClement.
“I still have to learn the boys’ voices a little better,” Miller said. “After that (incident), it wasn’t a whole lot of plays – I was just shooting it around the net and around the boards.”
Miller said he’s still getting used to different situations that the Blues’ style of play presents.
“We’re tracking back really well with the forwards and defense is stepping up a little higher,” he said. “That just leaves different situations where I’m passing the puck into a different kind of coverage. This team likes to keep their feet moving more and I have to kind of facilitate that better.”
MEET AND GREET
The Blues welcomed Brandon Swenson to the morning skate today. Brandon and his brothers, Blake and Logan, watched the team practice and met several players afterwards.
Brandon battled leukemia for three years and is currently in remission.
The Swensons were thrilled to get the unique opportunity, but afterwards, they had to go back to school.
Click here to view our Instagram photo of the Swenson brothers and Patrik Berglund.
Alexander Steen has the opportunity to become just the fifth 3-goal / 60-point / plus-20 player in Blues history. Currently he has 33 goals, 60 points and a plus-20 rating. The only other Blues players to do that are Brett Hull, Red Berenson, Keith Tkachuk and David Backes.
Backes has points in four consecutive games (four goals and three assists).
The Blues have points in 12 of the last 15 games overall (11-3-1). They also have points in 10 of their last 11 games at home.
The Blues have earned points in five of their last six games against the Flyers. Most recently, Philadelphia won 4-1 on March 22 at Wells Fargo Center. Tonight will be the first time the Flyers have visited Scottrade Center since Oct. 9, 2010.
Steve Ott has one goal and four assists in his last six games against the Flyers, while Steen has five assists in his last two games against Philadelphia.