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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:24 am 
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HURRICANES (8-7-4) at BLUES (12-2-3)

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Last 10: Carolina 4-5-1; St. Louis 7-1-2

Blue Notes: The Carolina Hurricanes visit Scottrade Center for the first time since Oct. 21, 2011. The Blues won that meeting 3-2 and are 3-1-1 in their last five games against Carolina. Brian Elliott is expected to start in goal. Alexander Steen leads the League in goals (16) and has points in 12 consecutive games. With a win, Ken Hitchcock would pass Jacques Lemaire for ninth on the NHL's all-time wins list. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Blues are 5-1-0 this season and 29-8-5 since 2010-11, which is the best in the League in that span. The Blues are off to a 12-2-3 start, which is their best start in the first 17 games of a season in NHL history.

Season series: This is the first of two meetings between the Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues. In their most recent matchup, Cam Ward stopped all 40 shots he faced for his 200th NHL victory as the Hurricanes won 2-0 in Raleigh on March 15, 2012.

Big story: Blues wing Alexander Steen scored eight goals in 40 games during the abbreviated 2012-13 season. He had 15 goals in 43 games the season before that.

Seventeen games into the 2013-14 season, Steen has an NHL-leading 16 goals after scoring twice Thursday. He's eight away from matching his career high set in 68 games during the 2009-10 season, and he carries a 12-game point streak (12 goals, four assists) into Saturday.

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Hurricanes: Carolina finished a five-game homestand Friday, with the final three coming against tough Western Conference competition in the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks. The Hurricanes went 2-0-1 during that stretch and now face another challenge as they visit the Blues, who are 8-1-2 at Scottrade Center.

Justin Peters has appeared in 10 straight games and started nine in a row, going 4-0-1 in his past five. Peters came up huge in a 3-2 shootout win against the Ducks on Friday, stopping 30 shots through 65 minutes and denying two of three attempts in the penalty-shot tiebreaker. Riley Nash and Chris Terry had shootout goals to lift the Hurricanes.

"I've known [Peters] for a long time and he's the hardest-working guy I've seen," Terry said. "I've seen him excel in Charlotte and win us games down there. I know it's in him. It's great to see his work ethic is paying off and he's playing tremendous up here."

Blues: In danger of going consecutive games without picking up a point for the first time this season, St. Louis showed off the NHL's third-ranked offense in a 7-3 thumping of Colorado on Thursday.

Steen is the most notable name for the Blues at the moment, but he was far from the only guy racking up stats against the Avalanche. T.J. Oshie set up four goals. David Backes and Derek Roy each finished with a goal and two assists. Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo also had multi-point nights.

"We were able to roll four lines, four lines that were willing to play hard on the puck and win battles along the walls and just kind of keep them [in] it, and getting into the O-zone and let some skill interchange and shots with traffic at the net," Backes said. "… A good win for our guys, but it's one win out of 17 so far. There's 82 in the year."

Who's hot: Peters has stopped 138 of 144 shots during his five-game run for the Hurricanes, a .958 save percentage. … Steen is as hot as anyone in hockey, while Kevin Shattenkirk has quietly but steadily produced offense from the blue line for the Blues, with one goal and nine assists in his past 10 games.

Injury report: Ward (lower body) and backup Anton Khudobin (lower body) are on injured reserve, as is forward Jeff Skinner (upper body). Defenseman Tim Gleason (upper body) and forward Kevin Westgarth (upper body) were also out Friday. … St. Louis defenseman Jordan Leopold (hand) and forward Magnus Paajarvi (upper body) are on injured reserve.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:18 am 
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(Frank) the hurrycane...

BRING BACK THE WHALE!!!!

(Frank) yeah, Brass Bonanza!! ya did good dmiles..

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Wow..Chaser calling out Blues fans this morning. Can't say I disagree.




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BRING BACK THE WHALE!!!!

(Frank) yeah, Brass Bonanza!! ya did good dmiles..


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Wow..Chaser calling out Blues fans this morning. Can't say I disagree.





Seriously, what's up with the attendance? Bunch of babies still too distraught about the Cardinals to come out of their house or what? These guys are playing some awesome hockey, GO WATCH THEM!

I blame Obettma.... :ninja:

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On official business, GO BLUES! WRECK THESE FOOLS' SATURDAY!

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I will be attending this game with my brother and 4 other friends from around here. I can't wait to see this team in action live! Oh and we have club seats! :grin:

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What a fantastic powerplay...... :facepalm:

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:46 pm 
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This is how I feel about Alex Steen right now...

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It's Alexander Steen, dammit. :grin:

And wow....just wow..... :aaaa:

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This is how I feel about Alex Steen right now...

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There's a part of me that still can't really believe what Steen is doing so far. It almost seems like it isn't actually happening. Is it purely a contract year thing or what? I don't really get how a player can go from putting up fairly mediocre numbers for years and then just bust out all of a sudden. Sure, potential star players just coming into the league sometimes take a season or two to start hitting their stride but this is Steen's, what, 9th season? I know it's still early, but it's an impressive start.

I'm not complaining, and I guess players peak at different times, but it's weird. It's a good weird, but it's still weird. He can go ahead and keep it going for as long as he wants though, I'm perfectly ok with it.

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This one had me worried. Unfortunately I could not watch the whole game as it was unavailable on gamecenter when I got home tonight. I did watch the extended highlights they offer though, and those had me biting my nails. Probably good I didn't watch the game, as I almost had a heart attack on the highlights. After they gave up the second awful goal, I kept expecting them to blow the game. Glad they didn't. All I can say is:

What was up with Elliot handling the puck and giving away two shorties?

Who is this new offensive defenseman named Roman Polak we have? I remember we had a decent stay at home defenseman named Polak but this can't be the same guy. That guys career best goal scoring season was 4 and this guy already has 3 big ones.

How can Carolina have a backup goalie that plays like that? He stopped a ton of great chances. On the extended highlights, that's all they showed, the 6 goals and about 20 saves by Peters on great Blues chances. Oh and a lucky save by Peters on a blown Bergland chance.

Who is this guy Steen? I recall we had a 2-way 15-20 goal guy named Steen but this guy can't be the same player.

And finally, Go Blue Notes. Glad they didn't blow it.


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dmiles2186 wrote:
This is how I feel about Alex Steen right now...

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Yes, Alex Steen is playing so well right now, I'd put on a snuggie and do the ultimate white person uncool dance move. I don't care. I'm giddy. He's awesome. He should be a Blue forever.

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