Description: Blues center David Backes had a power-play goal in the, 2-1, victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday.
Insight: Backes tied the game at one with his goal about six minutes into the second period. Olli Jokinen scored the game-winner about nine minutes later. Backes has 26 goals and 31 assists in 78 games this season.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen made 17 saves in the, 4-1, victory over the Flames.
Insight: Allen didn't get much work, but he looked good. Allen has now helped the Blues pick up points in four of his last five starts. It is unclear, though, if Allen will get any more starts in St. Louis' last five games.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded two points during Saturday's loss to the Wild.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along eith eight shots, two penalty minutes, and a minus-one rating. Tarasenko now has 35 goals, 70 points, 29 penalty minutes, and a plus-29 rating through 72 games this season. Paul Statsny and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St . Louis.
Description: Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was pulled early during Saturday's contest versus Minnesota.
Insight: He was lifted less than five minutes into the second period, aftering allowing four goals on 16 shots Elliott had won four of his previous six games before running into trouble on Saturday. Jake Allen took over.
Description: Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 33 saves, allowing just one goal, but lost to the Jets in a shootout, 2-1.
Insight: Elliott allowed two goals on three shots while Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec saved one of two shootout attempts. Despite not earning the victory, Elliott has been solid in his last two starts, allowing just one goal on 59 shot attempts.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen posted a shutout Sunday versus Dallas.
Insight: He stopped all 28 shots on goal and was fantastic all night. Allen kept the Blues in the game, as the score was tied 0-0 heading into third. The Blues went onto win 3-0. Allen is now 18-6-3 on the season.
Description: Blues right wing T.J. Oshie recorded two points during Sunday's win against the Stars.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with three shots and a plus-one rating. Oshie now has 19 goals and 48 points through 61 games this season. Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko also lit the lamp for St. Louis.
Description: Blues goaltender Brian Elliott had a rough third period, but he still ended up with the victory on Tuesday.
Insight: Elliott surrendered three goals on six shots in the final period as the Jets rallied to tie the score, 4-4, but the Blues scored with a minute left in regulation to win. Elliott finished with just 12 saves on 16 shots.
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny registered two points in a strong defensive battle versus the Oilers on Saturday.
Insight: Stastny assisted Dmitrij Jaskin's goal in the first period and then scored the game-winner in the third period. St. Louis won, 2-1. Stastny led the team with five shots on net. He has 12 goals and 24 assists with a plus-11 rating in 54 games this season.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen was awful in a spot start on Tuesday versus the Canadiens.
Insight: Allen allowed five goals on 23 shots, which is just a .783 save percentage. Prior to Tuesday, Allen had allowed just six goals in all of February. After a strong first half, Allen is just too unpredicatable for fantasy owners to trust.
Description: Blues right wing T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist in the, 5-1, victory over the Bruins on Friday.
Insight: Oshie scored St. Louis' third goal in nearly a span of five minutes to start the second period and then assisted Vladimir Tarasenko's power-play goal about nine minutes later. Oshie has 16 goals and 23 assists with a plus-13 rating this season.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals versus the Bruins on Friday as St. Louis won, 5-1.
Insight: Tarasenko scored on the power play for St. Louis' fourth goal of the second period and then added another insurance goal in the third. Tarasenko has been magnificant this season with 31 goals, 26 assists and a plus-27 rating in 58 games this season.
Description: Blues center Jori Lehtera is suffering from concussion symptoms according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Lehtera will miss his third straight game on Tuesday. With concussions like this, there is no way to tell how long he will be out. Paul Stastny will play with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz until Lehtera returns. Lehtera has nine goals and 21 assists in 46 games this season.
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will have abdominal surgery in seven-to-10 days according to nhl.com.
Insight: Shattenkirk suffered the injury when he collided with Alex Ovechkin on Sunday. St. Louis lists him as week-to-week after he receives the surgery. Shattenkirk has eight goals and 32 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen had two goals and an assist in the, 4-3, victory over the Capitals on Sunday.
Insight: Steen scored his first goal on the power play to give St. Louis the early, 1-0, lead. Steen then scored on even strength in the second period and assisted the eventual game-winning goal from Vladimir Tarasenko. Steen has 17 goals and 26 assists in 47 games this season.
Description: Blues center David Backes scored a goal versus the Hurricanes on Friday.
Insight: Backes gave St. Louis a, 2-0, lead just over three minutes into the game, but the Blues didn't score again. Carolina came back to tie it, and St. Louis won in a shootout, 3-2. Backes has 17 goals and 18 assists in 47 games this season.
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winning shootout goal versus the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: That stat won't count towards the fantasy totals, but Shattenkirk did have eight shots on net and an assist in regulation and overtime. The Blues won, 5-4. Shattenkirk has eight goals and 32 assists with a plus-17 rating in 47 games this season.
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal against the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: Schwartz got the scoring going for St. Louis, who scored four goals in the second period. Nashville tied the game at the end of regulation, but St. Louis won in a shootout, 5-4. Schwartz has 16 goals and 21 assists in 40 games this season.
Description: Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur is taking a one-week leave of absence from the St. Louis Blues according to Blues.nhl.com.
Insight: Brodeur has been up-and-down since joining the Blues. He is 3-3-0 with a 2.87 GAA and .899 save percentage. With Brian Elliott back and Jake Allen as the backup, there is a good chance Brodeur is done in St. Louis.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen picked up a much needed victory, but he still didn't play very well.
Insight: Allen hasn't had much playing time lately, but he earned the start Tuesday after he came on in relief for Brian Elliott on Saturday and led St. Louis to a comeback victory. Allen didn't allow a goal until the third period, but he only faced 15 shots in the game, so the save percentage was again below .900.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko continued his incredible season, picking up two more points on Tuesday versus the Oilers.
Insight: Tarasenko scored in the first period to get the scoring started and then assisted Jaden Schwartz's goal in the second period as the Blues jumped out, 3-0. It got a little interesting at the end, but St. Louis won, 4-2. Tarasenko has 24 goals and 22 assists in 43 games this season.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen relieved starter Brian Elliott and stopped 19-of-20 shots to lead St. Louis back over Carolina on Saturday.
Insight: The Blues won in a shootout, 5-4. Elliott left the game after allowing three goals in the first 13 minutes. Allen posted a .950 save percentage the rest of the game. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely many owners started Allen on Saturday since he didn't start and has been struggling. Perhaps this gets him going again.
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott returned to game action for the first time in over a month and played pretty well.
Insight: Elliot allowed three goals but that wasn't bad considering he was peppered for 47 shots. His .936 save percentage for a single game was his best number since the last time he started against Nashville on Nov. 8. It will be interesting to see what happens in net for St. Louis with Jake Allen, Martin Brodeur and Elliott as options. For the time being, the Blues will carry three goalies.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko continued his hot season with another goal on Monday.
Insight: Tarasenko made the game, 3-0, St. Louis late in the third period. He has 22 goals and 17 assists with a plus-19 rating in 36 games this season. Tarasenko is one of the biggest fantasy surprises through nearly the first half.
Description: Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded a shutout on Monday.
Insight: With starter Jake Allen struggling, this should only increase the controversy in net for St. Louis. In his last 88 minutes, Brodeur has not allowed a single goal. If owners need help at goalie, Brodeur is worth the gamble.
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott (lower-body injury) made it through a full practice Sunday and could return soon, though Martin Brodeur is scheduled to start Monday.
Insight: Elliott's return would leave the Blues with a glut of good goaltending. Elliott is 8-4-2 with a 1.82 GAA, .931 SV%, Jake Allen is 11-5-2 with a 2.76 GAA, .899 SV%, and future Hall of Fame goalie Brodeur.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen took the loss in overtime Saturday versus San Jose.
Insight: He made 27 saves on 30 shots, and is now 11-3-2 with a 2.49 GAA and .907 save percentage. Allen should continue to hold down the top goaltending spot in St. Louis at least until Brian Elliott returns.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded a hat trick on Tuesday.
Insight: Tarasenko scored three different way with the first goal coming on even strength in the middle of the first period, the second on the power play in the middle of the second and an empty-netter late in the third. Tarasenko has 20 goals and 15 assists with a plus-17 rating in 31 games this season.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had his best game of the month on Saturday.
Insight: Allen has struggled since Brian Elliott went down with an injury and Martin Brodeur joined the team, so it was nice for him to play well in a victory. Allen made 23 saves on 25 shots as the Blues won, 3-2, in overtime.
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal to tie the game at one towards the end of the first period. Then in overtime, he assisted T.J. Oshie's game-winning goal as St. Louis won, 3-2. Shattenkirk has four goals, 22 assists and a plus-13 rating in 30 games this season.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen will start on Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Martin Brodeur has won the past two games for the Blues, including the last matchup with the Islanders where Allen allowed three goals in the first period. Allen will be looking to rebound Wednesday.
Description: Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur won his second game in his new home on Monday.
Insight: Brodeur stopped 32-of-34 shots to improve to 2-0-0 this season. Since Jake Allen has struggled so much since Brian Elliott went down with his injury, don't be surprised if Brodeur continues to see playing time.
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny led a ferocious comeback on Saturday as St. Louis defeated the Islanders in New York, 6-4.
Insight: After falling behind 3-0 and switching goalies, the Blues scored three straight goals, including two on the power play to tie the game at three. Stastney scored the first goal on the man advantage on passes from Kevin Shattenkirk and David Backes. New York retook the lead on John Tavares' score, but T.J. Oshie answered for St. Louis. Stastney then scored his fifth goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner.
Description: Backup goaltender Martin Brodeur replaced a rattled Jake Allen after the first period and led the Blues to victory on Saturday.
Insight: Brodeur added to one more victory to his win total, 689, which is already the most all-time. After Allen allowed three goals on 12 shots in the first period, Brodeur yielded just one goal on 15 shots the last two periods. It also helped St. Louis scored six goals over the final 40 minutes. Things are starting to get interesting in net for the Blues.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had another bad start and this time, the Blues replaced him with Martin Brodeur at the beginning of the second period.
Insight: Allen has allowed seven goals in four periods since the Blues signed Brodeur. The future Hall-of-Famer is worth adding in deep leagues although his value is only for the short-term at the moment.
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott is not close to returning from his lower-body injury according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters it will be "awhile" before Elliott returns. The goaltender skated a few days ago and felt very sore afterwards. Jake Allen will continue to be the starter with Martin Brodeur as his backup.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had a terrible third period, allowing three goals as St. Louis lost to Chicago, 4-1.
Insight: The game was tied 1-1 between the two Central Division rivals going into the third period. However, Allen and the Blues allowed three goals in the first six minutes, including two to Patrick Kane. Allen finished with 29 saves on 33 shots in the loss.
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had a huge night for leagues that count shots on goal.
Insight: Pietrangelo led the Blues with 10 shots on net Friday versus the Oilers. The next closest teammate had five shots. Pietrangelo scored and had an assist as well. Overall, however, he has been disappointing with just two goals and 11 assists in the first 23 games this season.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 13th goal of the season Friday to win in overtime versus the Oilers.
Insight: Tarasenko deked the Oilers defender at the blue line and sniped a shot past Ben Scrivens for the game-winner with 40 seconds left in overtime. Tarasenko also had an assist and now has 13 goals and 12 assists in 23 games.
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Steen extended the Blues lead to 2-0 when he scored on the power play in the middle of the second period. St. Louis, however, blew the lead after starting goalie Brian Elliott left with a lower-body injury. Ottawa won, 3-2, in a shootout. Steen has 10 assists to go with his five scores.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had a bad game in relief of starter Brian Elliott.
Insight: Allen replaced Elliott, who suffered a lower-body injury, and allowed two third-period goals as the Senators cameback and won in a shootout, 3-2. Allen stopped just 15-of-17 shots. After posting back-to-back shutouts, Allen has a save percentage of .891 in his last five games. Despite his hot streaking officially ending, Allen is a must-own until fantasy owners know the seriousness of Elliott's injury.
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is off to a really poor start.
Insight: The season is nearly a quarter of th way done, and Pietrangelo has just seven points after scoring 51 in 81 games last season. He is also minus-five after posting a plus-20 rating a season ago. Hopefully he can turn it around starting Saturday.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 11th goal of the season on Thursday.
Insight: Tarasenko has been tremendous to start this season. He has 11 goals and 11 assists through 19 games. Tarasenko scored the first goal of the game against the Canadiens on Thursday, but the Blues lost, 4-1.
Description: Blues Joakim Lindstrom scored two power-play goals as St. Louis tacked on three late goals and beat the Sabres, 6-1.
Insight: St. Louis led Buffalo, 3-1, for most of the third period, but the Blues scored three power-play goals inside of three minutes to play. Lindstrom scored two of them. He now has three goals this season.
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start against the Sabres on Tuesday.
Insight: He made 33 saves in his last start but lost to Nashville on Saturday. This game is a golden opportunity for Elliott owners to pick up a goalie victory. Owners of Jake Allen are likely upset he is not getting the spot start for this game. Against the worst team in the league, Elliott must be in every lineup.
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen was less than five minutes from his third straight shutout when the game began to turn on him.
Insight: St. Louis led, 3-0, when Michael Ryder scored for New Jersey to make the lead, 3-1. David Backes scored, and the game appeared to be over with a three-goal lead and under three minutes to go. New Jersey scored two more times to make things interesting, but Allen won his fourth game of the season. He made 24 saves in the game.
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny (shoulder) skated with the team Sunday and did make the trip with the team to New York.
Insight: He hasn't taken any hits yet, so we feel he isn't likely to go Monday night, but could return this week. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. He totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in Saturday's, 3-2, victory over the Avalanche.
Insight: Tarasenko now has six goals on the season. He was plus-two in the game. Tarasenko did not convert his shootout attempt, but Joakim Lindstrom did and St. Louis goalie Brian Elliot did not allow a shootout goal.
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal on the power play on Tuesday against the Stars.
Insight: Stars forward Tyler Seguin took a penalty just 14 seconds into overtime to send St. Louis to the man advantage.Tarasenko scored on a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo for the game-winner. Tarasenko finished the game with a hat trick.
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz will start at left wing on the top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie on Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Schwartz and Alexander Steen are basically flip flopping spots. Steen will skate on the second line with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. The loser is Steve Ott, who was a top-six forward earlier in the week, but will be on the fourth line Saturday.
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. he totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick on Saturday against the Coyotes as St. Louis routed Arizona, 6-1.
Insight: Schwartz scored a power-play goal about halfway through the second period, an even-strength goal in the first minute of the third period and then another power-play goal with seconds remaining. Schwartz had four points in the game and now has seven on the season.
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny will look to make a good mpression during his first year in St. Louis.
Insight: He is coming off a year where he produced 25 goals and 35 assists. Stastny will center the Blues' second line, and should be able to produce similar numbers. Owners should draft him starting in the middle-to-late rounds.
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen is coming off the best season of his career.
Insight: He had 33 goals and 29 assists, to go along with a +17 rating. Steen did that in 68 games, so will have a great opportunity to improve upon those numbers. Target him beginning in the sixth round.