Live Game Thread - St. Louis Blues @ Florida Panthers Nov. 1, 2013 6:30pm CT
The St. Louis Blues begin a three game roadtrip tonight in Sunrise, Florida as they faceoff against the Florida Panthers at 6:30pm CT.
Friday, November 1st, 2013
St. Louis Blues (10 GP, 7-1-2, 16pts., 3rd in Central)
Florida Panthers ( 12 GP, 3-7-2, 8pts., 7th in Atlantic)
News and Notes for Tonight's Game:
Blues forward Maxim Lapierre returns tonight following a 5-game suspension by the NHL for his hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle in a game on October 15th in St. Louis.
Blues goaltender Brian Elliott is expected to start in tonight's contest for the first time since October 18th when he lost a 4-3 decision following a seven round shootout in Winnipeg to the Jets.
Ian Cole is also expected to be in the lineup tonight for the St. Louis Blues. Like Elliott, it marks his first action on the ice for the Blues since the October 18th contest against the Jets as well.
Tonight's game is the 2nd and final matchup between the Blues and the Panthers this season. The first matchup was the Blues second regular season game of the season on October 5th in which they defeated Florida 7-0 with seven different forwards scoring.
Who's Hot: Alex Steen continued his blazing start with a game winning goal in the final minute of regulation Tuesday night vs. Winnipeg in St. Louis. Steen, who has collected 11 goals, 5 assists for 16 points in only 10 games was named the NHL's 1st Star for October today as he leads the league in goals. Steen will be looking to dupicate his October success starting tonight in Florida.
Keys to the Game: The St. Louis Blues need to display a strong intensity tonight against the Panthers. Any NHL team has the ability to make you pay if you go into the game underestimating your opponent. The Blues can't fall for the trap tonight by looking ahead to tomorrow's contest against a solid Lightning club instead of the Panthers. Another key to tonight's game is the performance of goaltender Brian Elliott. Elliott could see another start soon with a sharp performance this evening.
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