Picking up the slackIn the four games the Blues have played without center Ryan O’Reilly (10 goals, 6 assists) and winger Vladimir Tarasenko (10 goals 19 assists), the team has received a huge lift from the line of Brandon Saad, Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev. The trio has combined for 16 points on 9 goals and 7 assists. The red-hot Saad has five goals and two assists while Schenn has chipped in with three goals and three assists and Barbashev has added a goal and two assists. “He’s 10 feet around the net; he scores all his goals there, ’’ Berube said of Saad, who has 13 goals and 5 assists in his first 34 games this season.
“He’s got good speed and one-on-one ability and he’s challenging D one-on-one and creating some space with that…. For me, he’s getting to the net and that line has some real good chemistry right now, which helps. They’re really working well together. ”The coach continued: “I didn’t think (Saad) started well, but there was a point, I don’t know what game it was, where he was really coming along and doing the things we saw from him last year. ”The Blues have won three of their most recent four games, knocking off Toronto (25-9-7), New Jersey (25-12-3) and Minnesota (22-14-3). Injuries create opportunitiesThe Blues entered Tuesday’s game without a number of key regulars _ Ryan O’Reilly (foot), Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) Torey Krug (lower body) are on long-team injured reserve along with defensemen Marco Scandella (hip) and Scott Perunovich (shoulder), who’ve been on LTIR since the start of the season.
80 goals-against average and a save percentage of. 894. Tuesday’s practice linesThe Blues used the following lines in Tuesday morning’s practice…. Pavel Buchnevich-Robert Thomas-Jordan KyrouBrandon Saad-Brayden Schenn-Ivan BarbashevJake Neighbours-Noel Acciari-Nathan WalkerAlexey Toropchenko-Nikita Alexandrov-Tyler PitlickOn defense, it was….
16), but we’re going to see a better team than that, ’’ the Blues coach said. “They’re a solid team (and) you gotta play good in all three zones against them. You know what you’re going to get from them; they’re going to be a hard-checking team, they’re going to come hard on the forecheck. Again, they’ve got some pretty high-end players who’ll make you pay offensively if you don’t check them properly. We’re going to have to play a solid game. ”The Flames are led offensively by Elias Lindholm (13 goals, 24 assists), Tyler Toffoli (15G, 19A) and Nazem Kadri (16G, 15A), who became a target of Blues’ fans in last year’s playoffs after a net-front collision that knocked Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington out of the team’s Stanley Cup playoff series with the Colorado Avalanche. In goal, Calgary is expected to go with Jacob Markstrom on Tuesday. He’s 13-10-4 this season with a 2.
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