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Columbus Blue Jackets
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
The St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets each have managed to string together victories at the appropriate time.
With both in the mix for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference and looking to continue their recent success, the Blues try for a third straight win over the visiting Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Fourth-line winger Adam Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season, Brian Elliott made 33 saves and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the sixth round of the shootout as St. Louis (19-14-2) overcame a late tying goal by Chicago to post its second straight victory following three losses, 4-3 on Thursday.
"We don't like to give up leads in the third period,'' forward David Backes said. "It was one of the more entertaining shootouts I think you'll ever see.
"We'll take the other point any way we can.''
The win propelled the Blues into the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, one point ahead of Edmonton and Columbus (16-14-7).
Making his Blue Jackets debut, Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal at the 4:16 mark of the third and added an assist to help Columbus win its third consecutive game following an 0-2-1 stretch, 3-1 at Nashville on Thursday.
"To be able to take two points out of this building is huge, and we have to keep this thing going in St. Louis,'' said Columbus winger Matt Calvert, who has recorded three of his seven goals and two of his six assists in four games.
Columbus hopes to ride that momentum and end its struggles against the Blues. St. Louis has outscored the Blue Jackets 6-2 while winning the first two meetings this season. It's won nine of 11 over Columbus and 14 of 17 at home in the series.
The Blue Jackets hope the addition of Gaborik will reverse that trend.
Acquired along with two minor league defensemen from the New York Rangers for Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, John Moore and a draft pick Wednesday, Gaborik made an immediate impact and seemed excited about playing for his new club.
"I am pleasantly surprised with the speed of the team,'' said Gaborik, who scored at least 41 goals in two of the previous three seasons with the Rangers, but had nine and 10 assists in 35 games for them this year. "The young guys and small forwards were flying. We were supporting each other out there, and everyone contributed."
His teammates are just as happy to have him in the fold.
"You just have to look at it as a fresh start, and he made it look really good for himself,'' forward Vinny Prospal said.
Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky has stopped 67 of 69 shots in the last two games.
Forward Blake Comeau could make his Blue Jackets debut Friday after he was acquired from Calgary on Wednesday. He had four goals and three assists in 33 games for the Flames this season.
Backes scored one of his four goals this season versus Columbus and another Thursday to snap a 14-game goal drought. He has four and eight assists in his last 11 games against the Blue Jackets.
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who was acquired from Calgary this week, had an assist in his St. Louis debut Thursday.
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Courtesy: Blues Media Relations
ST. LOUIS Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014 from Boston in exchange for defenseman Wade Redden.
Redden, 35, dressed in 23 games for the Blues this season posting five points including two goals and three assists to go along with...
The St. Louis Blues upgraded their defense for the playoff push, adding Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold.
''It's two guys that any team around the league would be looking for,'' defenseman Barret Jackman said Wednesday. ''You look around our dressing room and we have every piece we need.''
Except maybe a goalie to step up in place of Jaroslav...
After making two shrewd moves to bring in Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester to shore up the left-side of the team's defense, St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong may have pulled off his biggest heist of the week on Wednesday by sending unneeded defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Kudos to Armstrong for making the...
Chris Porter has signed a new two-year, one-way deal with the St. Louis Blues, as reported by the team's official site. Porter's current contract, a one-year deal worth $650,000, was set to make the forward an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season.
Porter's new contract is worth a reported $650,000 in 2013-14 and $700,000 in 2014-15.
According to a report made to ESPN, Jaroslav Halak is expected to miss approximately three weeks with a lower-body injury. Halak suffered the injury with about a minute left in the first period against the Minnesota Wild when he stretched his legs out to make a save.
Barring a trade before today's deadline, the Blues will be forced to roll with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period and added an assist in his debut Thursday night with Columbus, helping the Blue Jackets beat the Predators 3-1 for a rare win in Nashville.
The Blue Jackets won for just the seventh time in Nashville and the second time this season in this series between Central Division rivals. Matt Calvert...
Backes…from his back! Video screenshot via NHL.com/Fox Sports
David Backes channeled his inner Alex Ovechkin last night, scoring from his back to get the goal that broke the tie and would be the eventual game winner during St. Lous’ 3-1 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. Check out how Backes, despite being on flat on his back on the ice, manages to find the puck and...
Deadline day was a snoozefest until after 2:00, when all hell broke loose. Multiple reports indicate that the Rangers have agreed to send Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for C Derick Brassard, RW Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and a sixth-round pick.
Gaborik has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal.
Brassard, 25, has seven goals and 11 assists...
St. Louis (19-14-2, 40 points â 8th) vs. Columbus (16-14-7, 39 points â 10th)
Game Time: 7:00pm Central
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
SERIES THIS SEASON
January 31, at Columbus: Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1
February 23, at St. Louis: Blues 2, Blue Jackets 1
TALE OF THE TAPE
-- Goals scored per game: Blues 9th (2.83 GPG...
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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
A few days before the trade deadline, the consensus was that most of the big fish had already been moved – Jay Bouwmeester, Ryane Clowe, Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Jarome Iginla, and Brenden Morrow. But Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen – who had been relatively quiet since being named GM on February 13th – was ready...
While the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks appear to be getting healthier, injuries to T.J. Oshie and Jaroslav Halak are threatening to derail the St. Louis Blues' playoff hopes.
Marian Hossa will return from a six-game absence Thursday night as Chicago seeks a ninth straight home win over St. Louis, which may have to wait a little longer to debut the newly acquired...
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
It’s been nearly seven years to the day since Columbus last left Nashville with a regulation win.
That wait is over for the Blue Jackets and it comes on their last trip to the Music City as a member of the Central Division.
Newly-acquired Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots as the Columbus...