Blues forward David Perron (57) handles the puck past Knights’ defenseman Brayden McNabb (3). (Photo courtesy: Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
2/13: Blues/Knights, T-Mobile Arena, 9pm CT – FSMW, ESPN 101.1
LAS VEGAS – After a shocking episode with Jay Bouwmeester left him in an Anaheim hospital, the St. Louis Blues (32-15-9) will have to get back to business against the Vegas Golden Knights (28-22-8). Bouwmeester suffered a “cardiac episode” midway through the first period and had to be revived and transported to the hospital. Coaches Dallas Eakins and Craig Berube, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman agreed to cancel the game and reschedule it at another time.
General Manager Doug Armstrong held a press conference in Las Vegas yesterday with news that Bouwmeester’s prognosis was good. “First, Jay Bouwmeester’s doing very well at the UCI Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim. Jay is currently undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night, but things are looking very positive.”
Vegas took a tough loss on the chin against Minnesota on Tuesday, getting blanked 4-0 against Alex Stalock. After losing Jason Zucker, Kevin Fiala and Zach Parise got the job done for the Wild, putting up 2 goals and 5 points. The loss brought new head coach Pete DeBoer’s record to 4-3-2 as new coach of the Golden Knights.
The Blues and Knights face off in Vegas tonight at 9pm CT, where the Knights open a 5-game homestand. St. Louis is 1-0-1 against the Knights season, losing their last contest in overtime.
Mikkola in for Bouwmeester
The Blues are in better spirits after Jay’s recovery was tendig positively. Jeremy Rutherford tweeted out that the practice before tonight’s game was loose, “lots of energy, smiling.” In Jay’s absence, defenseman Niko Mikkola will take to the ice for his 6th game of the season. Mikkola has stepped up as the Blues’ best defensive prospect this season, putting up one assist with a +3 differential averaging over 14 minutes of ice time. He has 2 goals and 11 assists with the San Antonio Rampage this season.
St. Louis is the only NHL team to lose to Vegas in regulation, going 4-0-3 in their lifetime contests… Ivan Barbashev and Jordan Kyrou’s points from the postponed Anaheim contest will count for their stats, giving Barbashev his first goal in 10 games
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