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The St. Louis Blues need a bounce back game tonight after losing to Vancouver on Thursday. The Blues were not good enough. They got a gift from Roberto Loungo when he dropped the puck into the net for their 2nd goal, and missed two breakaway chances in the 3rd period. That falls on the players.
And then we had the Jean Hebert call. With 20 seconds left in a tied hockey game, Alexandre Burrows baited second-year referee Jean Hebert with a dramatic flop.
David Backes made an aggressive move to beat Burrows to the puck along the end boards and Burrows fell as if Backes crosschecked the stuffing out of him. An infuriated Backes sucker punched Burrows immediately after the whistle.
Burrows is a joke. He is well-known for his flops. Considering the referees called a “dive” penalty on BJ Crombeen earlier in the game, it seems logical they would be alert for another.
Ultimately, Vancouver’s league leading power play (23.6%) executed in OT and buried any chance for the Blues to sit atop the Western Conference standings.
TONIGHT, 7pm vs. Minnesota Wild @ Scottrade Center
With a win, the Blues would move back into 2nd in the West with Detroit defeating Chicago in OT earlier today.
St. Louis has dropped both meetings this season in St. Paul. The Wild have won two straight in St. Louis, and been a nemesis over the years (2-4-3 last 9 games).
The Wild are struggling. They are 2-9-3 in their last 14 games.
Backup Josh Harding gets the call tonight with Niklas Backstrom nursing a stomach virus. Harding is 6-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA in 10 career games vs. St. Louis. He was spectacular in a shootout win earlier this season.
Both teams are not very efficient on the PP. Wild 14.1% Blues 14%
Jaroslav Halak is in net for the Blues. Halak is winless in his career vs. Minnessota.
Player to Bank on: Alex Pietrangelo. #27 is riding a 5 game point steak.
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