LBC GameDay Preview: Florida Panthers Vs. St. Louis Blues
The Panthers lost their ugliest game of an already too-ugly season earlier to the Blues by a touchdown. Can Florida close the gap and retain some dignity against one of the better Western Conference teams?
The Blues are opening a three-game road trip. They'll face the Lightning in Tampa Bay tomorrow night and visit the Habs in Montreal on Tuesday before returning to St. Louis for a five-game homestand.
A Look Back
These two last met on October 5th in St. Louis. The 1-1-0 Panthers were visiting the 2-0-0 Blues in St. Louis. Seven Blues scored one goal a piece while St. Louis netminder Jaroslav Halak stopped all 19 Florida shots for the shutout.
As Jaroslav Halak was setting a St. Louis Blues franchise record for most shutouts, all the goaltender could think about was how well his teammates have played in front of him.
Halak wasn't all that busy Saturday night, but his 19 saves were good enough for his 17th shutout, which passed Glenn Hall for the Blues' franchise record in a 7-0 thumping of the Florida Panthers at Scottrade Center.
Halak, who has played 121 games with the Blues, has 26 NHL shutouts, nine with the Montreal Canadiens. * Full Recap * Box Score
GameTime: 7:30 PM ET, FS-MW, FS-FL, WQAM, LBC GameThread at 7PM
All-Time Record: Florida is 7-15-3-1 all-time against St. Louis, a .346 success rate. They've scored 44 goals in 26 games, while allowing 66. It's Florida's worst showing against any team.
Season Series: Last of two
Florida Panthers: 3-7-2, .333, eight points, on pace for 55 points. Seventh in the Atlantic Division, 14th in the Eastern Conference, tied for 27th in the NHL. Last five: L-W-O-L-O.
St. Louis Blues: 7-1-2, .800, 16 points, on pace for 131 points. Third in the Central Division, eighth in the Western Conference, tied for 10th in the NHL. Last five: W-O-O-W-W.
New Panthers defenseman Ryan Whitney was recently cut from the Blues training camp roster.
Brad Boyes played 327 games for the Blues over parts of five seasons (105 goals, 126 assists, minus-7 rating). Mike Weaver played 135 games over two seasons with the Blues, scoring one goal with 16 assists and a plus-7 rating.
The Blues currently employ former Cats defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who played 471 games for the Panthers over six seasons (53 goals, 150 assists, minus-27 rating).
Legendary tough guy Tie Domi (3515 PIM) turns 44 year old today.
Probable Starting Lineups
- Tomas Fleischmann - Aleksander Barkov - Jonathan Huberdeau
- Scottie Upshall - Nick Bjugstad - Kris Versteeg
- Shawn Matthias - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky
- Sean Bergenheim - Scott Gomez - Jesse Winchester
- Brian Campbell - Dmitry Kulikov
- Tom Gilbert - Mike Weaver
- Erik Gudbranson - Matt Gilroy
St. Louis Blues
- Alex Steen - David Backes - TJ Oshie
- Vladimir Sobotka - Derek Roy - Chris Stewart
- Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko
- Brenden Morrow - Adam Cracknell - Ryan Reaves
- Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
- Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
- Jordan Leopold - Roman Polak
- Brian Elliott - Jaroslav Halak
Brad Boyes - 5, Marcel Goc, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau -3
Tomas Fleischmann - 7, Brian Campbell - 5, Aleksander Barkov - 4
Tomas Fleischmann - 9, Aleksander Barkov, Brad Boyes - 7
Nick Bjugstad - 55.1% (38-for-69), Marcel Goc - 50.0% (105-for-210), Jesse Winchester - 47.2% (17-of-36)
Shots on Goal
Tomas Fleischmann - 39, Kris Versteeg - 32, Tomas Kopecky -30
Erik Gudbranson - 40, Dmitry Kulikov - 27, Jesse Winchester - 16
Mike Weaver - 33, Erik Gudbranson - 27, Shawn Matthias, Scottie Upshall - 19
Mike Weaver - 31, Erik Gudbranson - 22, Brian Campbell - 20
For the Blues point of view, head on over to St. Louis Game Time. We'll see you back here tonight for the GameThread, live at 7PM.