St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
St. Louis, MO- You could say it was a thrill a minute the other night at the Scottrade Center as the high-priced Minnesota Wild strolled in to St. Louis. The Wild were well rested and awaited the Blues for a Sunday evening match up, one night after the Blues hung on to beat Dallas in Dallas the night before. The Blues in recent history have been not so good in the second game of back to backs. Some how the new grown up Blues found a way to pull out a game that they most likely could have lost pretty handily. St. Louis improved to 5-1-0 on the season grabbing 10 of a possible 12 points in their first 6 game set.
Tonight the Blues travel to Columbus to take on a Blue Jackets team that, on paper, should be a bit improved over last season’s holy mess on ice. It will be interesting to see where the Blue Jackets franchise goes with new team president John Davidson (former blues president) at the controls . Columbus has been pretty high in the NHL Entry draft the past few seasons and is poised to stock up on some young talent. Will this be the season the Jackets begin their slow climb out of the dregs of the NHL or will they remain in the cellar of the league and continue to stack draft picks as the Edmonton Oilers have done in recent past?
There is no shortage of hate between the Blues and the Blue Jackets on the ice. Games between these two central division rivals always boast physical play and a lot of chatter. The infamous Soccer Scandal happened at Nationwide Arena a few seasons ago and seemed to add more fuel to an already burning fire between these two teams. Tonight will be the first regular season match up between them, and it will be interesting to see which Columbus team shows up to play. Will it be the hard-working grind it till the end Jackets, or will they roll over and play dead as Tarasenko-n-crew make Swiss Cheese of new Columbus goalie Sergi Barbrovsky?
Tonight’s line up for Ken Hitcocks Blues will look a bit different as one Vladimir “Sobe” Sobotka moves up to play the left-wing with Patrik Berglund (C) and Chris Stewart (RW.) #17 has impressed Hitch with his play so far this season which has earned him a spot on the Blues “2nd line.” The work ethic of Sobe has been very apparent this season. Vlad scored the game winning goal against Dallas Sunday night and his continued strong play gave him the head nod from the Sherrif, Ken Hitchcock. Look for the 17-21-25 line to be very dynamic and able to not only keep pressure on the Columbus puck handlers but also get the puck to the net and bang home those ugly goals.
Forward Lines: (Per Morning Skate)
Check out these videos from past games against Columbus: