Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) fights behind the net for the puck with Canadiens forward Phillip Danault (24). (Photo courtesy: Richard Wolowicz, Getty Images)
10/12: Blues/Canadiens, 6pm, Bell Centre
The St. Louis Blues (3-0-1) look to get points in their first five games for the first time in franchise history when they meet the Montreal Canadiens (1-1-2) at Bell Centre. The Blues had another big comeback on Thursday against the Senators, with a four-goal third period to win 6-4. “Obviously, with winning the Cup [last season], I think we’re much more confident,” Ryan O’Reilly said in a postgame interview. “Last year, every bounce that could go wrong did. But it’s a different year, and we’ve improved.”
The Canadiens dropped their first game in regulation Thursday against Detroit. Carey Price made 30 saves, but the effort fell short as they fell 4-2. “We’re not sharp, and at the end of the day we’ve got to find that sharpness if we’re going to win some hockey games”, coach Claude Julien told NHL.com.
The Canadiens and Blues face off tonight for their 5th game of the season at 6pm CT. Robert Thomas is still not expected to skate tonight, with Jordan Binnington expected back in net.
The Blues have been on fire in the third period early in the season. St. Louis has outscored their opposition 7-1 in the third period in their first four games. They already have two wins after trailing in the second period, something they only did twice all last season. David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly grabbed a total of 6 points in Ottawa, increasing that second line’s total to ten assists and 16 points.
Must-Win for Habs
The Canadiens dropped their first regulation loss against Detroit 4-2. The Canadiens had their first three games of the season go to overtime/shootout, losing in a shootout to the Canes, winning in a shootout in an incredible comeback win against the Leafs, and losing in overtime to the red-hot Sabres. Jonathan Drouin, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia, their third forward line, have proven the most effective, having a combined six goals and four assists.
Their powerplay has been a big saving grace early in the season for the Habs: 4-for-12 (33%) through their first four games, after they scored the fewest powerplay goals in the league last season at 31. However, they’ve now lost two in a row and want to avoid an early-season losing streak.
The Blues could become the 11th team in history after winning the Stanley Cup to record points in their first 5 games.
Brayden Schenn has a goal in three straight games. Against Montreal, he’s scored four goals in their last five meetings.
Jake Allen tied Curtiss Joseph for all-time wins in Blues history against Ottawa with 137. He now sits 11 wins behind Mike Liut for all-time wins.
The Blues and Canadiens face off tonight at 7pm ET. To hear and watch every minute of the action tonight, head to:
STL: FSMW, ESPN 101.1, NHL.com, Fox Sports GO
MTL: TVA Sports, TSN 590, NHL.com
For more local Blues stories, recaps, insights and more, visit bluesrants.com!