The Blues had a partial skate on Wednesday morning, fresh off a 5-2 win at Edmonton on Tuesday night. The team has won six in succession and scored five or more goals in the last three of those wins and four of the six. They lead the NHL with 15 wins by three or more goals. The victory was No. 30 for the Blues in their 42nd game, their fastest arrival at 30 wins in franchise history. The 1998-99 team got to 30 wins in 44 games. The Blues team that won the President's Trophy in 1999-2000 didn't get to 30 wins until the 50th game. Then there was the 2005-06 team - which never got to 30 at all. Its tank ran dry at 21 wins during a deplorable 21-46-15 campaign. Informed of those numbers, coach Ken Hitchcock says his team will have to play better if it's going to get to 31 wins. They play in Calgary on Thursday and Vancouver on Friday. “We didn't have the focus (in Edmonton) that we've had in recent games,” Hitchcock said, “and we're going to have to get it back here on this road trip.” He only saw 18 shots, but give credit to goaltender Brian Elliott for Tuesday's positive outcome. Edmonton's 18 shots included some beauties and Elliott made big saves during a second period when the Blues were trading blows with the Oilers. “He was good when he had to be,” Hitchcock said. “He made a couple of big saves when it was 2-2 and allowed us to make it 3-2 and 4-2.” As for Elliott, he improved to 13-1-2 this season and continued his stretch of outstanding play since relieving Jaroslav Halak in a 6-5 shootout win over Chicago on Dec. 28. He has seven wins in a row and the Blues have points in 10 consecutive games in which Elliott has played (not all starts).
Blues are fastest to 30 wins in franchise history
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jan 9