Brad Boyes, St. Louis Blues Look to Continue Hot Streak

Michael WagenknechtContributor INovember 29, 2008

After picking up six of a possible ten points over the past week, the St. Louis Blues look to continue their hot hands this week with two road games and two home games.

On November 30th the Blues head to Atlanta for a Sunday matinee. The Thrashers are 8-11-3 this season and are led by superstar Illya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk has eight goals and 13 assists this season and he has had success versus the Blues with four goals in six games. Johan Hedberg will start between the pipes for Atlanta and will be squaring off against a very tough Chris Mason.

Chris Mason was spectacular against his former team on Tuesday night stopping all 47 shots he faced in regulation and overtime. Brad Boyes has two goals and six assists in eight career games versus Atlanta. Keith Tkachuk returns to Atlanta for the first time since leaving after the 2006-07 season.

The Blues return to Minnesota on Wednesday, December 3rd to build on their 2-1 win there on November 22nd. The Blues were led by Brad Boyes, who collected both goals, and goalie Chris Mason, who stopped a than season high 31 shots.

The Wild will continue to play without star foreward Marian Gaborik but that has not stopped them from putting up big numbers. Mikko Koivu scored the game winning goal on Friday afternoon to beat Tampa Bay as he boosted his team leading point total to 21. Stephane Veilluex scored the lone Wild goal in the previous meeting.

The Blues return home on Friday, December 5th to face former coach Mike Keenan and the Calgary Flames. The Flames won the season series last year 3-1, outscoring the Blues 15 to 10 in those games.

Manny Legace is 1-2-0 versus Calgary in his Blues career, allowing 12 goals in those games. Miikka Kiprusoff has been as good as good can be against the Blues in his career. He has posted a 2.23 Goals Against Average in 16 games with a record of 11-3-1.

The Blues will wrap up the week with a visit from the Great One and his Coyotes. The Coyotes have been a pleasant surprise this season with all of their young talent. Olli Jokinen will be out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury so the youngsters will really have to carry this team.

Ilya Bryzgalov has been sensational since being picked up on waivers from Anaheim last season. Bryzgalov is 33-31-6 while only allowing 173 goals. Shane Doan leads the team with 11 goals and nine assists and will be looked at as the leader of this team with Jokinen on the injured reserve.

Over the past two seasons the Coyotes have been a real nemesis for this Blues team. The Blues are 1-6-1 in those eight games allowing 23 goals while only scoring 16. This is a bottom feeding team that the Blues need to beat in order to make the playoffs.