Brian Elliott gets the nod in goal:
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the media last week that he intended for Brian Elliott to start against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Despite having to put Elliott into Monday’s game against the Nashville Predators, Hitchcock is staying with his plan. Elliott played 32 minutes in relief of Jaroslav Halak on Monday, stopping all 13 shots he faced, as well as turning away two shootout attempts. This was Elliott’s first taste of game action on the season. Elliott is 1-2-0 in four career games against the Blackhawks. He has a .923 save percentage, as well as 2.21 goals against average against the Hawks.
Different lineup expected tonight:
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed that Tuesday’s lineup will look different from the past two games according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Dan O’Neill. Hitchcock elected to make no changes to the lineup following Saturday’s 6-0 rout of the Detroit Red Wings, but after the Blues narrowly escaped defeat on Monday with a 4-3 shootout victory, Hitchcock is looking to mix things up. Forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Matt D’Agostini have yet to play in the young season, so one of the two, if not both, will likely find their way into the lineup.
Alex Steen plays in his 500th NHL game:
Tuesday night will mark the 500th game NHL game that Alex Steen has played in, his 247th with the Blues since coming over in a trade during the 2008-09 season. Steen has 278 points (115 goals, 163 assists) in eight NHL seasons. He told Chris Kerber in a video posted on the Blues’ website that he didn’t even realize this was game No. 500 for him.
“I think I fall into that category of guy who don’t really look at that stuff,” said Steen. “Obviously growing up I never thought that I’d play 500 games in the NHL. It’s a good feeling.”
- After adding a goal and two assists in Monday’s game, rookie forward Vladimir Tarasenko now has five points (three goals, two assists).
- The Blackhawks will be without forward Daniel Carcillo, who was injured in Saturday’s game against the L.A. Kings.
- The Blues have outshot their opponents 75-38 through two games.
- The Blackhawks bested the Blues in four of the six meetings last year. Tonight will be the first of four meetings between the two Central Division teams.
- Alex Pietrangelo picked up his 100th NHL point, with his third period goal on Monday
- The Blues have not won in Chicago since Feb. 3, 2010
- Andy McDonald has a five-game point streak against the Blackhawks.