Calgary Flames @ St. Louis Blues, 6pm MT, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
|TV: RSNF, Fox Sports Midwest|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames and Blues will meet for the 2nd time in 4 days, this time at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Blues took Saturday’s meeting between these two teams 6-4 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. While it’s not the Honda Center, the Blues home rink has been a blackhole for the Flames recently. The Flames have dropped 7 in a row in St. Louis dating back to October of 2011.
The Flames come into this game riding high off of a 3-2 SO win over the Blackhawks, while the Blues haven’t played since they dispatched Calgary on Saturday night 6-4. Calgary should have some confidence coming into this back to back having gotten a solid goaltending performance from Brian Elliott and the top line of Gaudreau/Monahan/Chiasson played extremely well in their 3-2 win. St. Louis sits only 1 point behind the surprising Edmonton Oilers out of first place in the West and would like to get these two points and attempt to leap frog over the Oilers into first.
The big thing to watch for will be if Brian Elliott gets the start against his former team. Chad Johnson got the surprise start on Saturday in Elliott’s place and with Elliott’s work load and the game going into a shootout, it wouldn’t be shocking if Johnson did get the start on Tuesday night. However, Elliott gave the Flames great goaltending and made a ton of highlight reel saves, so it may be wise to keep Elliott in and keep him going in the right direction. As of know, Johnson is listed as the “expected” starter, but that could change before the puck drops.
Here’s how the two teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||St. Louis Blues|
|4th Pacific||Division||1st Central|
|5th West||Conference||2nd West|
|Brouwer (3)||Goals||Tarasenko (4)|
|Giordano (4)||Points||Steen (7)|
|Johnson (.901)||Save %||Hutton (.943)|
|10% (27th)||PP%||26.1% (7th)|
|75.8% (23rd)||PK%||95% (2nd)|
Calgary Flames 3 Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO)
The Flames played their best game of the season as they took down the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout Monday night. The Flames struggling power play exploded with 2 goals and Brian Elliott showed what the Flames saw in him when they traded for the former Blues goaltender. Elliott stopped 31 of 33 shots, none bigger than the last second save that sent this one to overtime. Here’s our recap, the highlights, Elliott’s post game with Flames TV and stats from the game.
St. Louis Blues 6 Calgary Flames 4
The Blues last took the ice on Saturday and it was against the Calgary Flames. St. Louis dominated this game from the start, but Calgary pushed back late in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Blues held on for the 6-4 win. Here’s the recap from St. Louis Game Time and the game highlights.
|Calgary: Johnson (E)||1-1-1||.901||2.89|
|St. Louis: Hutton (C)||1-0-0||.943||2.00|
(E) Expected, (C) Confirmed
Players to Watch
Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau (F). Gaudreau started off slow but has looked more like his usual self in the last 2 Flames games. While he hasn’t had a point in the last 2 contests, he’s been feeding the puck much better and his dynamic game looks like it’s coming back into the fold. He had 6 shots on net in the game against the Blackhawks and if he keeps playing like he has in these last few games, the points should start rolling in. In 7 career games against the Blues the Flames forward has 4 points (all assists).
St. Louis Blues: Alexander Steen (F). Steen had a goal and an assist in the 6-4 win over Calgary on Saturday and he’s feasted on the Flames over the years since coming to St. Louis. In the 19 games he played with the Blues against the Flames he has 14 points.