Gameday: Blues vs Islanders

Blues forwards Zach Sanford (12), Oskar Sundqvist (70) and Robert Thomas (18) celebrate a goal in the revived 90s jerseys, which the team will wear tonight. (Photo courtesy: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)

2/27: Blues/Islanders, Enterprise Center, 7pm CT – FSMW, ESPN 101.1

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues (37-17-10) can make it six wins in a row tonight against the New York Islanders (35-20-7). In a wild back-and-forth affair on Tuesday, the Blues scored four goals in the third period to top the Blackhawks, 6-5. Zach Sanford and Robert Thomas combined for three goals and three assists.

“Crazy game,” Robert Thomas said on stlouisblues.com. “We have to tighten it up a little bit, but happy we got the two points. A lot of run-and-gun, a lot of transition chances, and it’s not our game.”

“I don’t know the last time we had a game like that here,” Sanford added after the game. “I don’t know that that’s our style, but those ones are always fun to be part of.”

The Isles made a big move at the trade deadline, acquiring Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators. Pageau, now the leading goal-scorer for the Islanders, made his presence known by scoring his 25th of the season against the New York Rangers and fighting defenseman Jacob Trouba in a 4-3 OT loss. The Islanders were down 3-1 in the final ten minutes, but managed to tie the game with just 17 seconds remaining.

“That tells me a lot about my team,” Trotz said. “Even when we were down 3-1, all the leaders, all the key guys for us were saying ‘we’re coming back in this’ and ‘let’s kill this penalty off. Let’s go.’ There was no woe is me, it was ‘we’re getting some points tonight.'”

St. Louis and New York play in Enterprise tonight at 7pm CT for their second and final matchup, losing in OT back in mid-October, 2-3. The Blues and Islanders play on Fox Sports Midwest and ESPN 101.1 tonight.

Jay Bouwmeester Done for Season, Playoffs

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester spoke to the media for the first time yesterday afternoon, following his cardiac episode that lead to him getting an ICD implanted into his chest. Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the Anaheim Ducks game on February 11, prompting the game to be suspended. The medical staff quickly responded to the situation, using a defibrillator on Jay and rushing him to a local hospital, where he stayed to rest and recover and undergo testing in Anaheim for a week.

“It was a scary thing, but it’s been going pretty good lately,” he said. “We’ll continue to evaluate things as it goes. I’m at the point now where I feel pretty good.”

Most people assumed Jay would be out for the remainder of the season, which GM Doug Armstrong confirmed. “To clarify, Jay and I have both spoken over the last week or so,” Armstrong said. “We both understand that he won’t participate in the regular season or playoffs for us. We’ve talked about longer-term things that may or may not happen, but we both feel, it’s February. We don’t have to make long-term decisions at this point. He’s going to take time, get back in with his family and be around the team and he’ll address those things as the summer progresses.”

Despite being one of the most athletic players in the NHL, the 35-year-old defenseman has yet to decide on his career with professional hockey. “There’s been a lot going on,” Bouwmeester said. “I think that’s something I’m definitely going to have to evaluate. I wouldn’t say I’ve done that fully yet. There’s decisions I’m going to have to make. That will come later.”

Blue Notes

Zach Sanford has 11 goals since January 18, the third-most in the NHL in that time frame… Sammy Blais is a gametime decision after taking a puck to the hand against the Blackhawks… Jaden Schwartz has one goal and four assists in his last 3 games

Projected Lineup

FORWARDS

Schwartz – O’Reilly – Schenn

Sanford – Thomas – Perron

Steen – Bozak – Kyrou

Barbashev – Sundqvist – Blais

DEFENSE

Gunnarsson – Pietrangelo

Scandella – Parayko

Dunn – Faulk

Bortuzzo

GOALIE

Binnington

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