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Sunday, April 13, 2014
What you need to know: St. Louis Blues

By Scott Powers

Ryan Miller and the Blues stumbled down the stretch in the regular season.
Here’s a look at the St. Louis Blues prior to their showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs:

  • The Blackhawks went 2-1-2 against the Blues this season. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 4-2 in Chicago on April 6 and 4-0 in Chicago on March 19. They lost to the Blues 3-2 in St. Louis on Oct. 9, 3-2 in a shootout in Chicago on Oct. 17 and 6-5 in a shootout in St. Louis on Dec. 28.

  • The Blues lost their final six regular-season games. They were outscored 22-5 during that span. They had a seven-point lead on the Colorado Avalanche in the Central as of April 7.

  • In their regular-season finale, the Blues were without David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrick Berglund, Barret Jackman, Brenden Morrow, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Sobotka due to injuries. The Blues are expected to return Backes, Oshie, Jackman, Pietrangelo and Sobotka for Game 1.

  • The Blues rank ninth in the league with a 2.92 goals-for average. That average was at 3.15 goals after 73 games. They scored nine goals over their final nine games.

  • Blues goaltender Ryan Miller has lost his past five starts. He had a 3.60 goals-against average and stopped 107 of 125 shots for a .856 save percentage in that span. He allowed three or more goals in eight of his last 10 games. Miller started one game against the Blackhawks this season.

  • The Blackhawks had a 54.8 Corsi (172 shots for, 142 against) in 5-on-5 close situations against the Blues this season. Close situations are determined when the game is tied at any point or there’s a one-goal difference in the first and second periods. It’s used to eliminate score effects. The Blackhawks had a higher Corsi close percentage than the Blues in all five games.

  • The Blues are tied for sixth in the league with a 19.8 power-play percentage. They scored 56 power-play goals on 283 chances. They were 2-for-25 on the power play in April. They were 4-for-15 on the power play against the Blackhawks.

  • The Blues are second in the league with an 85.7 penalty-kill percentage. They allowed 42 power-play goals on 293 attempts. They were 28-for-34 in April. They were 9-of-15 against the Blackhawks.

  • Forward Alexander Steen led the Blues with 62 points, including 33 goals and 29 assists, this season. Oshie was second with 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) and was followed by Backes’ 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) and Jaden Schwartz's 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists).

  • In the season series against the Blackhawks, the Blues' points leaders were defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (five assists), Pietrangelo (four assists), Backes (two goals, one assist), Steen (two goals) and Schwartz (two goals). For the Blackhawks, Patrick Sharp (two goals, four assists), Patrick Kane (two goals, two assists) and Jonathan Toews (one goal, three assists) led the way against the Blues.