The struggling St. Louis Blues will play the (13-13-1) Phoenix Coyotes tonight at the Scottrade Center. Hitch has added a new name on the first line. Will this be another embarrassing loss?
Our boys are probably—hopefully—just as pissed as we are. The Blues lost their last three games (Panthers, Islanders, Maple Leafs) . Two of those teams shouldn't have had a chance to compete with us.
It is important to note the Blues are 15-8-4 this season. That puts them in second place (Central Division), trailing the Dallas Stars. So we aren't screwed. . . yet. They are still two teams ahead of the Hawks.
The Coyotes are finishing up their five game road trip in St. Louis. Good news: they have lost every game this trip (outscored 20-9).
Magnus Paajarvi will be on the first line tonight—I'm not sure what to say on that. It will be interesting to see him bring additional speed to Vladimir Tarasenko's line. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.
Paajarvi - Stastny - Tarasenko
Steen - Backes - Brouwer
Fabbri - Lehtera - Jaskin
Upshall - Gomez - Reaves
Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo
Lindbohm - Shattenkirk
Gunnarsson - Parayko