NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 25th
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (19-23-4) at St. Louis Blues (27-17-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues begin their tune up for the playoffs on
Thursday night when they take on the Calgary Flames in their penultimate game
of the regular season.
The Blues clinched their second straight trip to the postseason with Tuesday's
3-1 home victory over the Colorado Avalanche to split a home-and-home series.
Chris Stewart hit a number of milestones in the win, scoring the 100th goal of
his career and notching his 100th assist to give him 200 career points. Andy
McDonald added a goal and an assist, while Patrik Berglund scored on the power
Goaltender Brian Elliott bounced back after allowing four goals on 19 shots in
Sunday's 5-3 loss in Colorado. He stopped 17-of-18 pucks fired his way on
Tuesday, helping the Blues move to 10-3-0 in April with their fourth victory
in five games.
"It wasn't picture perfect, we've had our ups and downs but we're here now and
that's all that matters," said Stewart about making the playoffs. "Now we have
to wait to see who we play but we have a few more games here to tune up and
that's what we're going to do."
St. Louis is set to appear in the postseason for just the third time since the
lockout and is currently sixth overall in the Western Conference with 56
points. A victory tonight would guarantee the Blues at least the sixth seed in
the conference and they trail the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks by one
point in the standings with a game in hand.
The Blues wrap their regular season on Saturday versus the top-seeded Chicago
The Flames, who will miss the postseason for the fourth straight year, had won
three straight and six of eight before Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville
Predators. Roman Cervenka scored twice, while T.J. Brodie added a goal.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves in the second contest of a season-ending four-
game road trip that ends in Chicago on Friday.
"It was a close game, but they were the better team," said Kiprusoff.
With an eye towards next season, the Flames used a roster with a number
of young players as veterans Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan
were all healthy scratches. Others like Cory Sarich, Steve Begin, Curtis
Glencross and Alex Tanguay missed the contest due to injury.
The Flames snapped a three-game slide to the Blues with a 3-2 home victory on
March 24. They had won 11 of their previous 14 trips to St. Louis before
losing both games there last season.
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