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Welcome to Blue Collar Weekly where I choose one lucky Blues hockey player to wear the Blue Collar of greatness for a week. I will judge the players by their elevated gameplay and heavy stats. I will also mention other favorable stats from the current regular season, career highs, and milestones.
this week, the “Blue-collar” goes to….
Let’s take a glance at Colton’s last 6 games.
The huge 6′ 6″ 230 lb blue-liner has been leading the way while accumulating 4 points with a plus/minus of +5 in the last 6 games. His sturdy frame and eagerness to block shots and throw a big check have definitely been his strong suit. Proving my point, he has 19 blocked shots and 9 hits in those 6 games.
- Parayko has played in all 76 games this year ( Blues record 41-27-8 ) (90 points)
- Career High in goals with 10 this year (Ranking 3rd on the team amongst defensemen)
- Career High 5.8 % shooting percentage
- Career High 150 blocked shots (Leads team in blocked shots)
- Career High with 22:45 average time on ice (2nd only to Alex Pietrangelo)
- Tied Career High with 4 power play points
- Has only missed 4 regular season games in his professional career with the Blues since 2015-16 rookie season
- Career Milestone against Vegas on 3/25/19 with the 100th assist of his career
It’s no surprise that the Blues have thrived on the road. Colton has come up with some big points while away from Enterprise Center.
- Has 4 goals when playing on the road
- Recorded 11 assists while away
- Accumulated 15 points away from home
- Plus/Minus is +9 with 2 game-winning goals
Winning with #55
When Parayko scores, the Blues have a tendency to win. Here are Colton’s stats in the Blues 41 victories so far this year.
- 8 goals
- 13 assists
- 21 points
- plus/minus is +39
- 3 game-winning goals
Conference & Divisional analysis:
In 47 games versus the Western Conference #55 has thrived. He comes up big when it matters against the Central Division.
- 7 goals 10 assists (6 goals 4 assists vs Central teams)
- 17 points against Western Conference teams
- Plus/Minus is a +9
- 5 Power play points
- 3 game winners
- Has 3 goals apiece against Chicago, Colorado, & Anaheim with a Plus/Minus of +8
Mr.Parayko has been crazy good in the month of March this year. It has been his best month of the season.
- 7 assists
- 7 points
- plus/minus is a +4
- 22 hits
- 33 blocks
- 0 penalty minutes in the 13 games in March
- 29 goals
- 100 assists
- 129 points
- 8 game winners
- 3.9 % shooting percentage
- 419 hits
- 530 blocks
- CF % 51.9 (Corsi rating)
- FF% 52.7 (Fenwick rating)
- PDO OiSV% 92.0
Career Playoff stats:
- 31 playoff games
- 4 goals
- 8 assists
- 12 points
- Plus/Minus of +7
- 3 Power play points
- 5.8 Shooting percentage
At the beginning of the season, the Blues struggled to find their identity. St.Louis could not find the key to consistency and found themselves at the bottom of the entire league. Colton also struggled from Nov.11th-28th without scoring a point in that span. But I must say, “thanks to players like Colton Parayko the Blues have risen from the ashes and became a strong force to be reckoned with.” I’m sure the fans and hockey lovers appreciate a team that has that “never-say-die” attitude. There’s no giving up and tenacious is a word that comes to mind. I will once again leave you with a quote from another hockey great:
“Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be.” – Mario Lemieux
Colton Parayko fits that description. That’s why he’s this week’s ‘Blue Collar’ choice.