Found December 02, 2011 on Fox Sports Midwest:
The St. Louis Blues' offensive production hasn't changed much since coach Ken Hitchcock took over last month. The difference since Davis Payne was fired is on defense. St. Louis looks to extend its season-best winning streak to five Friday night when it faces a Colorado Avalanche team trying to record consecutive home wins for the first time since January. The Blues (14-8-2), who averaged 2.46 goals during a 6-7-0 start under Payne, are scoring 2.45 per contest since Hitchcock took over Nov. 6. However, St. Louis has allowed just 13 goals while going 8-1-2 under Hitchcock. The club surrendered 32 goals in its first 13 games. With Jaroslav Halak stopping 18 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Washington, the Blues lead the league in goals allowed per game (2.00) and are facing the fewest shots per contest at 25.6. "We're starting to dial in the way we need to play to win hockey games," Hitchcock said. "When you play this well, it's a good feeling." The Blues now enter their season series opener with Colorado looking to win five straight games for the first time since last December. "The first three games, everyone's playing in front of a new coach, you're trying to make a good first impression," forward T.J. Oshie said. "Everyone's playing hard, and it seems like we haven't taken our foot off the gas since then." Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart are hoping that momentum continues as they return to Denver for the first time since being traded to St. Louis for former No. 1 pick Erik Johnson and Jay McClement on Feb. 19. Stewart scored twice in a 4-3 loss to the Avalanche three days later, then Shattenkirk helped the Blues end a seven-game skid in the series with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory April 5. Halak stopped 26 shots in that matchup and has a 1.47 goals-against average since the coaching change - compared to 3.35 under Payne - but it might be hard for Hitchcock to keep Brian Elliott on the bench for a second straight game. Elliott is 10-1-0 with a league-best 1.31 GAA after going 6-0-0 with two shutouts and a 0.99 GAA in six November starts. Elliott was 2-8-1 with a 3.83 GAA in 12 starts for the Avs last season after being acquired from Ottawa in a Feb. 18 goaltender swap for Craig Anderson. Whoever starts in net for the Blues will face an Avs team coming off its highest-scoring home game of the season, Wednesday's 6-1 victory over New Jersey. Colorado (11-13-1) had scored no more than one goal in four of its previous six contests, and its home scoring average of 2.14 is among the lowest in the NHL. However, coach Joe Sacco is confident the club can improve after opening 5-9-0 at the Pepsi Center. "This is a tough building to come into," he said after the Avs improved to 3-3-0 on an eight-game homestand. "Sometimes it takes teams a little bit to get going in this building and we want to take advantage of that." Colorado hasn't won two in a row at home since Jan. 10 and 18. The Blues have been outscored 22-11 while losing four straight in Denver, but they're trying to win four consecutive road games for the first time since Feb. 19-March 6, 2009.

Blues goalie makes incredible save in OT

Jaroslav Halak made an all-out incredible effort late in overtime on a shot that was originally ruled a goal, but after review is ruled a save, and an amazing one to say the least.  This save is easily up there for the save of the year award, but unfortunately it still couldn’t save the St. Louis Blues from losing to the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout. Click here to view the...

Perron to return for Blues against the Blackhawks

Courtesy: St. Louis Blues Hockey Club ST. LOUIS St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today Blues forward David Perron will return to the lineup when the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center. Including Fridays game in Colorado, Perron will have missed the last 97 games after suffering a...

Perron In The Blues Lineup Tomorrow

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today Blues forward David Perron will return to the lineup when the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. CT at Scottrade Center.  Including tonight’s game in Colorado, Perron will have missed the last 97 games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4, 2010...

Blues LW Perron to make long-await return Saturday

St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron will return to the lineup Saturday for the first time in more than a year. Perron will make his first appearance since suffering a concussion on Nov. 4, 2010, when he took a hit from San Jose's Joe Thornton. A first-round draft pick of St. Louis in 2007, Perron has missed 97 games because of the injury. He had five goals in 10 games...

Eklund: David Perron Returns to the Blues Line-Up On Saturday!

This is great news! As I am sure you all know, David Perron has been fighting concussion symptoms for the better part of 9 months. There were many moments when i am sure he questioned if this day would ever come. Feel great for a great guy and really wish him the best! And what a turn for the Blues! Perron is such a dynamic and skilled player. When you consider how well the...

Avs' O'Reilly stars in shootout win

Ryan O'Reilly scored the tying goal and then added another in the shootout to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. O'Reilly, who also had an assist, lifted a backhander over the shoulder of Jaroslav Halak for the only goal in the tiebreaker. Milan Hejduk, who netted his ninth goal of the season in regulation, and Matt Duchene...

After 97 games, David Perron returns for St. Louis on Saturday

There are several ways to quantify David Perron's absence from the NHL: 97 games or 14 months or 393 days. The wait for Perron, the St. Louis Blues and hockey fans is over on Saturday, as he'll return to the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks after completing his comeback from a concussion. Perron last played on Nov. 4, 2010, suffering a concussion on a blindside hit...

Blues' Perron scores in return from concussion

St. Louis winger David Perron scored at 6:21 of the first period in his return to the Blues' lineup Saturday night against Chicago after missing 97 games because of a concussion.

Video- Perron With His First Goal In Over A Year

First game back, David Perron adds a goal to the delight of his teammates and fans.

Blues Assign Fairchild, Sterling to Peoria

Sterling Fairchild ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and...

Former Avs Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk make their return to the Pepsi Center tonight

When the Avalanche hosts the red-hot St. Louis Blues tonight at the Pepsi Center, it will again be without defenseman and former Blue, Erik Johnson.

Video: Jaroslav Halak’s save of year candidate vs. Avalanche

With just over 17 seconds remaining in overtime on Friday night, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne shoveled a backhand shot on St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak and then began his celebration. The rest of the Avs followed, forming a hockey hug in back of the Blues goal as players poured off the bench to join them. One problem: Halak, incredibly, had reached back...

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche: 7 p.m. Friday, ALT, 950 AM

Since coach Ken Hitchcock took over behind the bench Nov. 8, St. Louis is 8-1-2.
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