Gameday: Blues vs Hurricanes

Hurricanes forward Justin Williams (14) dives for the puck against Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo (27). (Photo courtesy: Michael Dwyer, AP Photo)

2/4: Blues/Hurricanes, Enterprise Center, 7pm CT – FSMW, ESPN 101.1

ST. LOUIS – After a disappointing Canadian road trip, the St. Louis Blues (31-14-8) head home to host the Carolina Hurricanes (30-19-3). The Blues went 1-3-0 on a road swing through western Canada, dropping their most recent contest to Winnipeg, 5-2. Forward Jack Roslovic scored two goals to give the Jets a 2-0 lead, then two empty-net goals helped them come up with a 5-2 win.

“Coming back from this trip, we’re not happy with the results, I think we played some real good hockey on the road,” head coach Craig Berube said after Monday’s practice. “But we didn’t find a way to win games and we’ve got to make sure we keep going in the right direction here. It was a little bit going on today.”

The Hurricanes and Blues will have a special reunion tonight, as former Blue Joel Edmundson will receive his championship ring from the organization tonight. Both he and Justin Faulk will see their former teams for the first time since being traded for each other last September.

The ‘Canes took a red-hot Vancouver team to the shootout, winning 5-4 on Sunday. Sebastian Aho scored his 26th goal of the season, which leads the team, while star defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been out with a broken leg since January 16.

“I thought in the second period, we really got going,” Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Even though we didn’t get ahead coming out of the period, it just felt like, there’s our game. I think the guys felt that too and were able to carry over.”

St. Louis and Carolina play each other for the first time this season, after splitting two games last year. The Blues start a three-game homestand tonight in Enterprise Center tonight at 7pm CT, broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest and ESPN 101.1.

Do Blues Make a Move?

I’ll talk about this on the show, but Pierre LeBrun recently published an article in the Athletic of hypothetical trade deadline situations. One such situation was the Blues making a move for Chris Kreider, suggesting they trade Zach Sanford and a 1st round pick, while the Rangers retain half of Kreider’s salary (2.3125 million).

The Blues look like they could use some more top 6 firepower after recent games, but St. Louis still sits comfortably atop the Western Conference with the offensive depth and solid defense. General Manager Doug Armstrong has already stated he’s not interested in trading low draft picks or any up-and-coming players, which would require a high-profile return on St. Louis’ part to land anyone like Tyler Toffoli or Chris Kreider. However, if the offensive drought of late continues, it may force Army’s hand.

Blue Notes

Alex Steen played in his 1000th career NHL game in his hometown Winnipeg… David Perron has 13 points in his last 11 games… Brayden Schenn ended a 14-game goal drought scoring on Saturday

Projected Lineups:

FORWARDS

Sanford-O’Reilly-Perron

Schwartz-Schenn-Thomas

Steen-Bozak-Kyrou

Blais-Barbashev-Brouwer

DEFENSE

Gunnarsson-Pietrangelo

Bouwmeester-Parayko

Dunn-Faulk

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