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Afternoon Line

With each new success comes the annual renewal of the hockey town’s collective dreamscape. This could be the team that ends the annual tease. Is it safe to believe in the Blues?

I wish I could answer that. For now, all you can do appreciate the way the Blues have dramatically responded to every challenge. This is quite a show. Now they have to keep finding ways to make it last and turn mere power into staying power.

-Bernie Miklasz on the St. Louis Bluies.  More from Miklasz at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Video- Mark Letestu’s Fluky Goal Tonight

Up and over the shoulder of Brian Elliott...

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Video- Chris Stewart Takes A Puck To His Face

 

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Video- Lindy Ruff Not Happy With Incidental Goalie Interference Call

You don't need to be a lip reader to understand what Ruff was saying after one ref called it a goal but was overruled by the other on-ice officials.

The action start at the :24 second mark.

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Alexander Steen Has A Concussion And Goes On IR

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on December 23rd...

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock would not disclose the nature of Steen’s injury, but it’s believed that a culmination of hits against Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton have taken a toll. The possibility that Steen, who missed 39 games in 2012-13 with a concussion, is dealing with another head injury cannot be ruled out.

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Video- David Backes Gets Two For Kneeing

Backes received two for kneeing for this hit on Matt Stajan.  Should it have been more?

The Flames have yet to update toe condition of Stajan.

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Alexander Steen Listed As Day-To-Day

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Alexander Steen, who ranks second in the NHL with 24 goals and ninth in the league with 38 points, left Saturday’s 6-0 victory over Edmonton in the second period and didn’t return. The team announced Sunday that Steen is out with an upper-body injury, and he will miss tonight’s game against Calgary.

The Blues, following their matchup with the Flames, will be off until hosting Chicago on Saturday night at Scottrade Center, and whether Steen will be available when the club returns from the holiday break is uncertain.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock would not disclose the nature of Steen’s injury, but it’s believed that a culmination of hits against Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton have taken a toll. The possibility that Steen, who missed 39 games in 2012-13 with a concussion, is dealing with another head injury cannot be ruled out.

“We’ll review it right after Christmas and decide what we’re going to do there,” Hitchcock said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

read on

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What About The Blues

from Benie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Take 5 on the Blues:

1. No one can explain the Blues' slow starts. The mystery continues. Coach Ken Hitchcock is flabbergasted. The players all say the right things. Everyone vows to get it turned around. But no one can really explain this disturbing pattern. It could be random. It could be a weird stretch. It could be just an example of an extreme fluctuation that's part of a long season. But I think these lethargic starts are creating distrust.

We've seen this act before from the Blues.  The lack of effort and urgency. An upset coach. Players saying the correct things … and then repeating the same, unacceptable form. Just the latest tease. When this stuff happens, it brings up the old questions that have dogged this Blues' nucleus for quite a while now: in framing their Stanley Cup chances, is there a legitimate basis for taking the Blues seriously? I really want to. But right now, I can't.

2. A potential problem for the Blues: dealing with the more elite competition presented in the Western Conference. Blame it on injuries, slow starts, goaltending, or disappearing acts by the usual suspects. But the recent trend isn't good, with the Blues losing four of their last five games against Western Conference rivals.

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Blues Sign Alexander Steen To A Three-Year Extension

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has agreed to terms with forward Alexander Steen on a three-year contract extension worth $17.4 million.

Steen, 29, is having a career year, posting 36 points including 22 goals through 33 games this season.  The 6’0, 212-pound forward tallied 20 goals in his first 24 games, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach that plateau since Brett Hull in 1990-91.  In addition, Steen scored in each of the club’s first 10 wins, becoming the first player in National Hockey League (NHL) history to do so since Eric Lindros in 1993-94.  From Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, he became the first Blue since Pierre Turgeon (1999-2000) to record at least a point in 13 straight games, a stretch that also stands as the second longest by any player this season.  Overall this season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native ranks highly in most major offensive categories, including 9th in points, 2nd in goals, 15th in power play goals (5), 4th in game-winning goals (5), 17th in shots (112) and 6th in shooting percentage (19.6%).  Additionally, Steen is one of the NHL’s most well rounded players, as he joins Anze Kopitar (LAK) as the only forwards that average over 15 minutes of even strength time, two minutes of shorthanded time and three minutes of power play time per game.

Currently in his ninth NHL season and sixth as a Blue, Steen has totaled 339 points including 145 goals and 194 assists to go along with 246 penalty minutes in 570 career games.  A former first round pick of Toronto in 2002, Steen was originally acquired by the Blues from the Maple Leafs (along with Carlo Colaiacovo) in exchange for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008

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Watching (Or Not) The Blues

from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

What if the Blues played a home game and 16,514 fans showed up?

Entering Thursday night’s tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade, that’s precisely where the team’s average attendance stood. That’s not very good. Actually, it’s significantly lower than last season’s average after a work stoppage shut down the game through December.

If the Blues’ season-ending average attendance remains where it currently sits, team president Bruce Affleck would describe the situation as “a red flag.”

“There is a concern,” Affleck said earlier this week. “We need better support to make this sustainable.”

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