Blues forward Alex Steen (20) takes a shot against Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30). (Photo courtesy: Bill Boyce, AP Photo)
1/11: Blues/Rangers, Enterprise Center, 7pm CT: FSMW, ESPN 101.1
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues (28-10-7) can continue the 7-game home win streak in the third game of the homestand tonight against the New York Rangers (21-18-4). The Blues took a decisive win on Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres, winning 5-1. Alexander Steen had his first two goals of the season, as he, Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas combined for four goals and nine points.
“We take a lot of pride in playing in front of our fans and in our town,” Steen said after the win. “We want to make sure that it’s a difficult place to play in, but in saying that, we don’t really change much as far as (our play) on the road and at home. We have to have a consistent game and we try to focus as much as we can on ourselves and how we can get better.”
The Rangers had an explosive win on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils, as defenseman Tony DeAngelo scored a hat trick and tallied five points in a 6-3 win. New Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin made 46 saves in his second consecutive start and win. Artemi Panarin also scored a goal and two assists for 61 points on the season.
The Blues and Rangers play for the first time this season in Enterprise Center tonight at 7pm CT. The Blues are on FSMW and ESPN 101.1.
Third Line Shines
The “third line” for the Blues have been on a tear in recent games. Tyler Bozak has five goals and 8 points in his last seven games. Robert Thomas has four goals and 8 points, and Alexander Steen has two goals and 6 points. In the last seven games, the third line for St. Louis has combined for 11 goals and 22 points, with a +17 differential. With the absence of offensive power like Vladimir Tarasenko or Sammy Blais, the depth forwards have stepped up their game in recent matches.
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