The St. Louis Blues are expected to be without leading scorer
Alexander Steen on Monday night in Calgary as they go for a third
Steen didn’t play in the third period of the Blues’ 6-0 win at
Edmonton on Saturday after suffering an upper-body injury. The
Blues (24-7-4) recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin on Sunday from AHL
Chicago, and with St. Louis not having another game until Saturday,
Steen is expected to sit Monday.
The Blues didn’t miss him against the Oilers. After being
outshot 14-5 in the first period, St. Louis buried Edmonton with
four third-period goals. Chris Stewart scored two of his three in
the final 20 minutes.
“They came out strong and we weathered the storm and scored
one,” goaltender Brian Elliott said. “Then we settled into what we
wanted to do in the second. We wanted to finish out with a good 20
minutes in the third. We were getting guys making plays, and
obviously Stewart scoring three definitely helps on a night like
Stewart added an assist and has eight goals in his last six
games after scoring five in his first 29.
“I kind of had a rough start to the year, and I told myself I
wasn’t going to pass up any more opportunities in the slot, I’m
going to shoot to score, and it’s been working out as of late,”
Stewart said. “It’s the same shots as earlier in the year, but
there’s some eyes on them now.”
Elliott made 23 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
He’s made four starts in the last seven games after starting a
total of six times in October and November.
Elliott has a 1.00 goals-against average in winning his last
three starts against the Flames, including a 3-2 home victory on
With 11 goals in the last two games, the offense has been
producing plenty despite an uncertain lineup.
St. Louis just got No. 2 scorer David Backes back from a
two-game absence due to a concussion, and Jaden Schwartz has scored
in consecutive games after missing two with an upper-body
Losing Steen, who just agreed to a three-year contract extension
on Thursday, could be a little more impactful. The Blues are 17-0-2
this season when he scores and 7-7-2 when he doesn’t. They last
lost a game in regulation with him scoring on Feb. 11 of last
The Flames (13-17-6) have dropped four straight and closed out a
1-2-2 Eastern Conference swing with a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh on
They also got banged up with forward Curtis Glencross and
defenseman Kris Russell both leaving with lower-body injuries.
Glencross was placed on injured reserve Sunday and Russell won’t
play against the Blues, so Calgary recalled Derek Smith from AHL
“They’re two great leaders, but at the same time, there’s
nothing we can do about injuries,” coach Bob Hartley told the
team’s official website. “Unfortunately, it’s part of our game and
it’s going to give opportunities to two more players to step in and
get good chunks of ice time and get the job done. So, it’s all
about character right now.”
Calgary was unable to dig out of a 2-0 first-period hole against
the Penguins, but got goals from Paul Byron, Michael Cammalleri and
The Blues will be the first of five visitors on the Flames’
homestand. They’ve won five of their last six against Calgary.