St. Louis started the Cats/Blues season series with a 7-0 laugher early last month. I traded off some questions with St. Louis GameTime's Laura Astorian about some things to look out for in the rematch.
Laura (SLGT): No real need to yet, I feel - Halak's been lights out in his starts, and Elliott didn't look too sharp against the Jets
. The schedule so far this season has been abnormally light for the Blues
, and Halak isn't in any danger yet of getting tired. I think Elliott is starting against the Panthers
Friday, but the big reason for that is the fact that the Blues see the Bolts on Saturday night.Kevin: Which line has really started to gel?
Laura: The top line of T.J. Oshie
, David Backes
, and Alexander Steen
. They're the team's top three scorers - Backes has six points so far and Steen's (shockingly) leading the league in goals at 11. We're as surprised as everyone else is.Kevin: St. Louis is putting a really good product on the ice. Which group of core players do you expect to still be here in five seasons?
Laura: Aside from Alex Pietrangelo
, who is a gimmie for that, I think that Backes, Oshie, Steen, Kevin Shattenkirk
, and Vladimir Tarasenko
will be hanging around for a while.Kevin: Which of your top prospects do you expect to start making an impact before the end of the season?
Laura: I don't honestly see any of the prospects making the roster this season unless some huge, apocalyptic nightmare situation happens. If so, or if that happens and the Blues tank after the trade deadline, then Ty Rattie
may pop up just to see what he's made of out of curiosity.Kevin: You guys have been good for a few years now. Do you have the guns to prevent Chicago from repeating?
Laura: I certainly hope so, but the Blackhawks
are a good team who are built for success for years to come. It'll take a lot of patience to take them out, and patience sometimes isn't something that the Blues are always good at.