Blues forward David Perron (57) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames. (Photo courtesy: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)
11/21: Blues/Flames, Enterprise Center, 7pm CT – Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN 101.1
The St. Louis Blues (13-4-5) continue the homestand in a conference matchup against the Calgary Flames (10-11-3). The Blues, after going 0-1-2 in their last three, got a big 3-1 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, after St. Louisan Pat Maroon was welcomed back with his championship ring. Maroon signed with the Lightning after winning the Cup with St. Louis, and it was the first time he returned to Enterprise Center since.
“When you witness it in person, you see everything in person, you kind of feel like, OK, this is the real thing,” Maroon said. “This really happened.”
Calgary has been on an abysmal slump in their last five games, going 0-4-1 (the OT loss dealt by St. Louis not two weeks ago) and were outscored 18-5 in those contests. After finishing as conference champions last season, the Flames fell below .500 with their most recent loss to the Avalanche, sliding to 5th in the Pacific.
“Collectively, when we’re sick and tired of losing, we’ll find a way to win a game,” assistant coach Geoff Ward told Sportsnet FAN 960. “Right now, the frustration is reflected in the work ethic, and the work ethic isn’t where it needs to be to win hockey games, and we need to rectify it.”
St. Louis retains 1st in the Central Division and could take first in the conference with a win tonight at home. The Flames and Blues meet for the second time in 12 days, where they eked out another OT win in early November. They will meet again in late January; tonight they face off in Enterprise Center at 7pm CT.
Blais Out, Brouwer In
The Blues got more crippling news late last night, after the announcement that Sammy Blais will be out 10 weeks with a wrist surgery. Blais, 23, has emerged on the Blues as a physically dominant power forward, with 5 goals and 8 points in 20 games. He will be up for re-evaluation shortly after the All-Star game in St. Louis, which now adds him alongside injured forwards Steen and Tarasenko.
To plug the holes in front line’s sinking ship, the Blues signed Troy Brouwer to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000. Brouwer signed a PTO last week, and on the final day of his camp the Blues offered him a contract. Brouwer played with St. Louis back in 2016 when he scored the series-winning goal against Chicago in game 7. With 18 goals and 39 points in that season, the Blues will need Brouwer in the clutch with the injuries mounting.
The Blues debut their 90s throwback jerseys tonight. The jerseys are a callback to the red, blue and gold jerseys the Blues wore from 1995-98.
The Blues have a league leading 9 comeback wins this season with the 3-1 win on Tuesday. They are 5-4-1 when their opponent scores first and 7-1-3 when outshot by their opponent.
Oskar Sundqvist’s goal on Tuesday was his 4th point in 5 games.
The Blues host the Flames tonight at Enterprise Center at 8pm ET. Broadcasting for tonight’s game is provided by Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN 101.1 FM, streaming on Fox Sports GO, and game tracking on NHL.com.
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