St. Louis Blues Attempt to Get Road Trip Back on Right Foot vs. Calgary Flames


St. Louis Blues Game 3/82: Tuesday, October 13, 8:00 PM CT at Calgary Flames

The St. Louis Blues head into Calgary on Tuesday night looking to return to a winning record in this young 2015-16 season. After starting strong with a home win over the Edmonton Oilers last Thursday, the Blues suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday in what began a six-game road trip.

The Blues will continue that trip on Tuesday with a voyage into Canada, where they’ll play their next five games. They’ll take on a developing Flames team that made it back into the playoffs in 2014-15 and like the Blues, has a 1-1 record to start this year. The Blues were 3-0 against Calgary in 2014-15, outscoring them by a total of 12-2, so they’ll look to carry that success over into the new season. The Blues will have to contend with forward Johnny Gaudreau, who despite being severely undersized (5’9, 150), has emerged as Calgary’s best player and leads them in points through their first two games. He’s looking to follow up on a breakout 2014-15 in which he scored 24 goals and added 40 assists over 80 games.

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The Blues will have to replace rookie forward Robby Fabbri on Tuesday, who has hit a bump in the road after just two NHL games, being diagnosed with a concussion following Saturday’s meeting with the Wild. Fabbri is likely to be replaced by veteran forward Scottie Upshall against Calgary, who will be making his regular season debut with the Blues.

One of the Blues’ key players thus far has been rookie defenseman Colton Parayko. The 6-foot-5, 226-pounder has been an impactful physical presence and is second only to Kevin Shattenkirk in shots among Blues’ defensemen, having taken five attempts at the net through two games. While the original plan seemed to be to rotate Parayko, fellow rookie Joel Edmundson, Robert Bortuzzo, and possibly Carl Gunnarsson, Parayko is making it difficult to take him out of the lineup, and he’s expected to be back in for a third straight game on Tuesday. Coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters on Monday that Parayko would likely team with Edmundson on the third defensive pairing against Calgary, with Bortuzzo serving as a healthy scratch for the second time in three games.

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Brian Elliott will be back in goal for the Blues on Tuesday, and he’ll have a real chance to gain an edge in the goaltending battle with Jake Allen. Elliott held the Oilers to one goal on 24 shots on Thursday, while Allen allowed three goals on 19 shots at Minnesota on Saturday. Thus, another great performance at Calgary could give him the early edge in terms of earning starts.

Here’s a preview of how the Blues’ lines may look against Calgary on Tuesday:

Alexander Steen-Paul StastnyVladimir Tarasenko

Jaden SchwartzJori LehteraTroy Brouwer

Scottie Upshall–David BackesDmitrij Jaskin

Steve OttKyle BrodziakRyan Reaves

Alex PietrangeloJay Bouwmeester

Carl GunnarssonKevin Shattenkirk

Joel Edmundson-Colton Parayko

Brian Elliott

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