Blues Travel to Pittsburgh to Battle Battered Penguins

Oct 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. St. Louis won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Blues continued their stellar play on Monday night against Chicago. Although it wasn’t the most fundamentally sound game, the Blues were still able to find the back of the net more than once, skating off the ice with a defining 5-0 victory.

The Blues have now won four games in a row, and have got points in 13 of their last 15 games. Brayden Schenn found the back of the net once again on Monday night, putting his goal total on the year at 14, which is tied for 11th in the league with three other players including Patrick Kane. Schenn also seems to have found a new line-mate for him and Jaden Schwartz. Nathan Walker was placed on a line with Schwartz and Schenn during the game Saturday against Pittsburgh, and it paid off right away with a goal for Walker, his first as a Blue. Walker managed to find the score sheet again on Monday, this time a helper on Schenns goal to make it 3-0.

Perhaps the biggest part of the Blues recent success has been the two men between the pipes. At the beginning of the year it looked like the Blues would see a bit of a sophomore slump from Jordan Binnington but he quickly shook that off going 7-2-1 in the month of November. Meanwhile Jake Allen has seen his number of starts increase in November and he has more than shown up as well, posting a record of 4-0-2 including a shutout in Monday night’s win in Chicago. With the win on Monday, Jake moves to eleven wins away from becoming the all time winningest goalie in St. Louis Blues history, a title that currently belongs to Mike Liut, with 151 wins.

The Blues are back on the ice Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins who they defeated 5-2 at home on Saturday. The Blues will be facing a well rested Penguins squad as their last game was against the Blues. One Player that will be absent for the Penguins on Wednesday is defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who was injured during the game Saturday, making him the 11th Penguin to be injured this season. One injury that will continue to hurt the Pens is their captain, Sidney Crosby. Crosby has been out since he left a game against the Blackhawks on November 9th, it was later revealed that Crosby had a sports hernia that he had been trying to play through. Crosby had surgery on November 14th and is expected to miss at least six months.

The Blues won’t be making many changes for Wednesday nights game. Jordan Binnington is back in net, trying to string together his second three-game win streak on the year. Carl Gunnarsson will also be in the lineup replacing Derrick Pouliot.