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Blues Lose Jay Bouwmeester For The Season With A Hip Injury, Scottie Upshall Out Too

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the remainder of the season with a left-hip injury.

Bouwmeester will be sidelined for four to six months.

In addition, Armstrong announced that forward Scottie Upshall will be re-evaluated in four weeks after suffering a left MCL sprain during the game against the Dallas Stars last Saturday.

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Losing Streak Hits Seven For The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Their longest losing streak in eight years now stands at seven games (0-6-1) after a defensive meltdown of near-epic proportion against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena.

"You know what? It's a matter of pride as far as I'm concerned," Yeo said. "You give up eight goals, c'mon. We've given up 16 in the last three games. We've always been one of the top defensive teams. The turnovers that we have and the lack of respect that we have for our goaltenders and for the game of hockey _ that's ridiculous."

A fuming Yeo mentioned Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Brodziak, Scottie Upshall and Dmitrij Jaskin as players who he had no problem with on Tuesday.

Everybody else, he said he was not happy with.

"I like what those guys brought," he said, referring to the names he mentioned. "But we have too many guys that didn't match that. . . .The level of play of some players needs to come up, it's that's simple. Too many guys right now that aren't giving us a chance to win hockey games."

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Paul Stastny Traded To Winnipeg

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a conditional first round pick in 2018, a conditional fourth round pick in 2020 and forward Erik Foley from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Paul Stastny.

Foley, 20, was drafted 78th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 2015. The 6-foot, 185-pound forward has dressed in 32 games for Providence College this season, posting 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) and 14 penalty minutes. Overall, the Mansfield, Massachusetts native has collected 87 points (37 goals, 50 assists) in 104 career games for Providence.

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Losing Streak Hits Five For The St. Louis Blues

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have not done well when they give up the first goal, have not done well trying to come behind and, come to think of it, have not done well in general over the past two weeks.

At a point in the season where the team needs to turn things around, they instead pressed down on the accelerator but didn’t take the car out of reverse.

The Blues dropped their fifth game in a row on Friday night — their longest losing streak of the season — with a 4-0 loss to Winnipeg that was effectively over when the Jets went up 1-0 midway through the first period and was pretty much put to rest 45 seconds later when the score was 2-0.

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Blues Interested In Real Hockey Trades

from Sportsnet,

Back in December, St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that he didn’t think his team would be in the market for a rental player around this year’s NHL trade deadline. In fact, more than a few NHL GMs have downplayed their potential involvement in the rental market.

Armstrong returned to Hockey Central at Noon on Friday and again suggested he could be active around the deadline without getting into the rental game. It’s no secret the Blues, with 19 goals in their past seven games and the 17th best offence overall, could use some more scoring punch up front. They’ve been linked in rumours to the likes of Max Pacioretty or Mike Hoffman, players with term left on their deals.

“I think we’re going to be active on hockey trades more than rental trades,” Armstrong said. “The reality is if you’re trading an unrestricted free agent at that time you’re going to get what you can get and sometimes that won’t come until the last second.”

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Blues Acquire Nikita Soshnikov From The Leafs

(Feb. 15, 2018) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov (nih-KEE-tuh, SOHSH-nih-kawf) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Blues' fourth round draft pick in 2019.  Soshnikov will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has attained a United States visa.

Soshnikov, 24, is currently on injured reserve (IR) but will be added to the active roster after he attains his visa and is cleared to play by team doctors.  This season, the 5'11, 185-pound forward has posted 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Toronto Marlies while also dressing in three games for the Maple Leafs.  Overall, the Nizhny Tagil, Russia, native has appeared in 70 career NHL regular season games, recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

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The St. Louis Blues Had A Three Goal Lead Midway Through The Third Period, Then…

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Whether the Blues ultimately catch the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division remains to be seen. But with the games starting to dwindle before playoff time, the Blues may be dreading the point they yielded late to the defending Western Conference champions Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

Playing in a building where the Preds rarely lose, the Blues were rolling along with a 3-0 lead with the meter running in the third period. But the lead and a chance for a statement victory was swept away in a bitter 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators.

After two goals by Nashville's Austin Watson over a 75-second span tied the game at 3-3 late in the third period, Filip Forsberg sent the crowd of 17,221 home happy on a penalty shot in one minute 19 seconds into overtime. Jaden Schwartz was the player whistled for the infraction -- tripping -- that gave Forsberg the shot.

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The Goalie Situation For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Well, Jake Allen escaped January, the Alcatraz of months, the albatross on his past two seasons. And in his first February start, the big-contract goalie was stupendous, stopping 43 Boston shots.

So you could ask — why isn’t he the Blues’ No. 1 goalie?

But Carter Hutton is playing like Jake in that Boston game in every game. He’s won his past four starts, with two shutouts, and allowed just a goal in each of the other two.

So you could ask — why isn’t he the Blues’ No. 1 goalie?

“I don’t want to say that it’s a problem, but if we were, we’d say it was a good problem (to have),” coach Mike Yeo said.

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Video- Good Goal Boston?

Yep.

 

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5-2- The St. Louis Blues Drop A Home Game To The Arizona Coyotes

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“This is embarrassing,” said forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

“To be perfectly honest, there’s no explanation for it,” Yeo said.

So if that previous home game was unacceptable, where does that put this one, Yeo was asked.

“It’s got to be unacceptable to them, I hate to say it,” Yeo said. “That’s the reality. I can say it all I want, but we can keep trying to do whatever, and obviously we will. We’ll come back to the rink tomorrow and that’ll be a practice that obviously ... we’ll have practice, but it’s in the preparation. For whatever reason, when you’re not ready to work, obviously that’s the result tonight.

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