Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
St. Louis
Blues
40-32-10
Columbus
Blue Jackets
32-35-15

  • Preview
  • Watch
  • Ice Tracker
  • Boxscore
  • Recap
  • photos (16)
game preview

Blues take four-game win streak into game vs. Jackets

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Share with your Friends


Blues take four-game win streak into game vs. Jackets
St. Louis Blues vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
BLUES (21-19-7) at BLUE JACKETS (18-23-9)

Last 10 -- St. Louis 4-4-2; Columbus 3-5-2

Season series -- This is the third of six meetings. On Jan.12, St. Louis earned a 4-1 win behind 26 saves by goalie Chris Mason. The Blues took a 3-0 lead on nine shots against Columbus goalie Mathieu Garon, who was pulled in favor of Steve Mason after one period. The Blue Jackets scored 3 goals in the third period for a 5-2 home win on Nov. 30, when R.J. Umberger recorded his second career hat trick.

Big Story -- Don't look now but the Blues are suddenly on a roll behind a season-high four-game winning streak -- including a 4-1 victory on Saturday against the New York Rangers. St. Louis scored three third-period goals, including an empty-netter, to topple the Rangers at Scottrade Center. The Blues' 11-5-4 record (26 points) on the road to start the 2009-10 season matches their best 20-game road start in franchise history. They also recorded 26 points in both the 1999-00 and 2000-01 campaigns.

"Certainly liked the result," coach Davis Payne told the media after the victory over New York. "We played a pretty solid first period, thought we came off the gas a little bit in the second. But we got back to St. Louis Blues hockey in the third and obviously came out with a big win."

Team Scope:


Blues -- One reason St. Louis has been a bit of a roll of late has been the play of goalie Chris Mason, who made 21 saves against the Rangers to notch his fourth straight victory and the 100th of his career. Mason is 15-13-6 this season with a 2.47 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. Mason, who is in his second season with the Blues after spending four with the Nashville Predators, finished 27-21-7 last season with a 2.41 GAA and .916 save percentage.

"We're definitely playing a heck of a lot better than we were," he said. "We're sticking to our game plan, we're playing physical and solid defensively. This is where we should be tough, and we're starting to play like we should be."

Blue Jackets --
On Nov. 23, the Blue Jackets were ninth in the NHL in scoring, but they've plummeted to 26th, ahead of only the Rangers, Red Wings, Bruins and Hurricanes. The club, which has lost 24 of its last 30 games, has scored two or fewer goals in 13 of its last 17. Perennial scoring leader Rick Nash had gone 11 games without a goal -- the longest drought of his career -- before scoring twice in a 6-4 loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday.

"I've never worried about it," Nash told The Columbus Dispatch. "My goals always seem to come in bunches. I don't get some for a while, and then I make up for it."

Who's Hot --
St. Louis center David Backes became the fifth Blues player to reach 10 goals this season when he connected into an empty net in a victory over the Rangers on Saturday. … Columbus forward Antoine Vermette has notched 3 goals and 8 points in his last six games. He's also collected 5 goals and 13 points the past 15 games.

Injury Report --
Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla (torn groin/abdominal muscle) is out until February while defenseman Marc Methot (shoulder) and forward Fredrik Modin (bruised foot) remain day-to-day. … Blues forward D.J. King (hand) was assigned to the American Hockey League on Saturday for a two-week conditioning stint.

Stat Pack --
Chris Mason made 10 of his 19 saves in the third period of a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild last Thursday -- his first shutout of the season and the 19th of his career. … Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets became the last club in the NHL to be shut out this season when they lost 3-0 to the Blackhawks on Thursday at United Center.

Puck Drop --
The Blue Jackets have lost an NHL-high seven times this season when leading after two periods. The club has also struggled against Central Division opponents -- they're 2-6-4 against Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis this season after going 10-10-4 in 2008-09. St. Louis, meanwhile, is 5-5-1 against Central Division foes.


2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 05 '10 CBJ 1 at STL 2 - OT E. Johnson
Mar 13 '10 STL 5 at CBJ 1 D. Backes
Jan 30 '10 CBJ 3 at STL 2 - OT K. Russell
Jan 18 '10 STL 2 at CBJ 4 R. Nash
Jan 12 '10 CBJ 1 at STL 4 A. Steen
Nov 30 '09 STL 2 at CBJ 5 R. Umberger
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Boyes4892332-51222
A. McDonald45141428-101240
K. Tkachuk43111627-13440
D. Backes48101626-27512
D. Perron48131225-93432
T. Oshie4491524-62412
E. Johnson4741923+15321
P. Kariya4291120-51631
A. Steen3410919-31641
J. McClement4871118-4801
C. Colaiacovo3941115-24310
P. Berglund426713-61223
R. Polak483811+33601
B. Jackman372911+45000
B. Crombeen483710+010801
E. Brewer25347-131300
B. Winchester40246+45310
D. Sydor31066+01500
M. Weaver46044+01800
A. Pietrangelo9112-9600
T. Strachan6022+3400
L. Eller5101+1410
Y. Stastny4101+1000
C. Janssen30000-410400
D. Armstrong5000-2200
D. King1000+0500
J. Junland1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Mason3515-14-6889882.52.911
T. Conklin146-6-1374402.75.916
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Nash51222345-133763
A. Vermette51142438-71841
K. Huselius47152237-112673
R. Umberger51151833-152132
J. Voracek5182028-51430
R. Torres4716925-12263
D. Brassard5061622-121820
A. Stralman4641822-112040
F. Tyutin5021921-92611
J. Chimera398917-74711
C. Clark4951217-63301
K. Russell415914-51700
S. Pahlsson482911-22000
J. Hejda433710-82010
R. Klesla26268-72601
M. Roy24088-1800
M. Commodore34077-104200
J. Boll46314-410600
M. Methot32134-93500
D. Dorsett24134+26200
D. MacKenzie17134+3000
M. Jurcina37044+22000
N. Filatov13202+0801
F. Modin14112-51201
A. Murray21011-3400
M. Blunden21000+12900
A. Picard9000-31000
T. Sestito1000+0500
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
S. Mason3511-16-61079643.33.889
M. Garon248-7-3525632.66.908

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Full Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Packs
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

TEAM
Roster
In the System
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Alaska Aces

SCHEDULE
Preseason
Regular Season
Promotions Schedule
Schedule Downloads

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
Blues Overtime Blog

VIDEO
Game Highlights
GameDay
News & Interviews
All-Access
NHL Network

SOCIAL
Find a Player
Facebook
Twitter
Mobile App
E-mail Subscriptions

FANS
Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Photo Galleries
License Plates

COMMUNITY
Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

SHOP
Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics

stlouisblues.com is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY | ADCHOICES | TERMS OF USE | EMPLOYMENT & INTERNSHIPS | GUEST EXPERIENCE SURVEY | CONTACT US