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BLUES NOTEBOOK

NHL STANDINGS

Parayko comes right back from a ‘scary’ leg injury

EASTERN CONFERENCE

After leaving the ice, he misses only a shift or two BY JEREMY RUTHERFORD St. Louis Post-dispatch

NEW YORK • The rookie season of Blues defenseman Colton Parayko appeared to be in serious jeopardy in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Islanders. Parayko fell awkwardly on his right leg and had to be escorted to the locker room. But much to the shock of his teammates and coach, the defenseman returned about three minutes later. “It was scary,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “Obviously something going on in that blood, the kid is a machine. He gets back up, comes back and plays. I was surprised. I was getting ready to play five (defensemen) the rest of the way.” Parayko missed only a shift or two, finishing with 16 minutes, 45 seconds of ice time. Pietrangelo wasn’t the only one surprised to see Parayko return. “I was shocked,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s good news, but I was shocked.”

FIRST LOOK The game Friday was the Blues’ first at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the new home of the New York Islanders. Many players were surprised by the unique layout of the building for hockey. “It looks almost like an old college barn,” Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. As part of an advertisement, there is a Honda SUV basically parked in the front row at one end of the ice. “It’s very strange,” Shattenkirk said. “Even my mom was talking about that last night, how she was watching the Islanders-Rangers game the other night, and as she was following the play, she just sees a random car sitting in the corner of the rink. That’s a little strange.” The Islanders are in their first season at the Barclays Center after playing previously at the 43-year-old Nassau Coliseum.

NO HALAK The Blues did not see former teammate Jarolslav Halak in net for New York. Halak is 7-4-2 this season with a 1.93 goals-

Blues lose in shootout after Islanders force OT BLUES • FROM B1

tomorrow.” The Blues will turn around and face Toronto on Saturday night at Scottrade Center in the second night of back-to-back games. The club will be looking forward, but the players will still be lamenting that they missed a chance to help Brian Elliott earn his first victory since Oct. 18. Making his first start in 17 days, Elliott turned aside 24 of 25 shots but dropped to 0-3-1 in his last four decisions. “Really wish we could have gotten Brian a win, he really deserves it,” Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “He’s playing fantastic for us, so that’s the only tough part to swallow.” The Blues led 1-0 entering the third period, and they have been one of the best shutdown teams in the NHL this season. They entered Friday’s game having allowed a league-low 12 goals in the final frame and just one in their last six games. But the Islanders are one of the most productive clubs ofensively in the third period, ranking No. 3 with 34 goals coming into Friday. It was the Blues who buckled. New York’s Mikail Grabovski scored his fifth of the season, tying the score 1-1 with 13 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation. Grabovski gave the puck to linemate Ryan Strome, and when Robert Bortuzzo joined Carl Gunnarsson in pressuring Strome, he made the easy pass to Grabovski for a quick breakaway. Elliott denied the initial shot, but Grabovski put the rebound past him. But at that time, the Blues were more concerned with the right leg of rookie defenseman Colton Parayko buckling a few minutes earlier. Parayko and Strome were behind the Blues’ net when the defenseman fell backward, snapping back his knee and landing awkwardly on his ankle. Parayko grimaced in serious pain and needed assistance from Blues trainer Ray Barile to get to the locker room. How long would he be out? Three weeks? Three months? Try three minutes. He was back before the Islanders tied the score. But with that worry behind them, the Blues now needed a goal. The much-discussed line change of moving Jori Lehtera to the top line with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko lasted only last one period Friday. By the start of the second, Alexander Steen had returned to his usual spot with Stastny and Tarasenko and Lehtera had dropped down with David Backes and Troy Brouwer. But the changes didn’t generate any more scoring for the Blues, though they outshot the Islanders 5-3 in OT. “Not very many scoring chances either way,” Steen said. “Unfortunately we had some in the OT and we couldn’t convert them.” The only goal after two periods belonged to Shattenkirk, whose third of the season with just 27 seconds left in the first period cracked open the scoring. Shattenkirk’s eight-game point-streak came to an end in Tuesday’s loss to Florida, but he started another one Friday. Stastny, who was 4-0 on face-ofs in the first period Friday, won the draw and Shattenkirk set up near the point. He exchanged passes with Vladimir Tarasenko, and when the puck came back to him, he sent a slap shot sizzling through the short side of Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss. The goal gave him 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last 10 games, and after the final seconds of the period ticked of, it gave the Blues just their sixth lead at the first intermission this season. They had won all five previous games, but there was still a long way to go. The Blues had 10 giveaways in Tuesday’s loss to Florida and they were guilty of five in the second period for a total of 11 through 40 minutes. Kyle Brodziak had one of the errant turnovers that nearly led to a scoring chance. “There was some better stuf than what we played the last two games,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “But if we can find a way to eliminate some of the easy giveaways in our own zone ...” Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford on Twitter jrutherford@post-dispatch.com

against average and a .926 save percentage, but with the Islanders playing backto-back games Friday and Saturday, the Isles started Thomas Greiss. Halak was 0-2 against the Blues last season, allowing 11 goals on 72 shots. “We do look at matchups, history of who we’re playing,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano told reporters Friday.

USA HOCKEY ANNOUNCEMENT Oicials from USA Hockey oicially announced Friday that Bufalo will be the site of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. St. Louis and Pittsburgh finished as runnersup for the 10-nation tournament, which features the top Under-20 players in the world. “It was an extremely difficult decision as all three finalists in contention to host the event were exceptional,” USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said.

Atlantic Montreal Detroit Ottawa Florida Boston Tampa Bay Bufalo Toronto Metropolitan Washington NY Rangers NY Islanders Pittsburgh New Jersey Philadelphia Columbus Carolina

GP 27 26 25 26 23 26 26 26 GP 24 27 27 24 26 26 27 25

W 19 14 13 13 13 12 11 8 W 18 17 15 14 13 11 10 8

L 5 8 7 9 8 11 12 13 L 5 7 8 8 10 10 16 13

OT 3 4 5 4 2 3 3 5 OT 1 3 4 2 3 5 1 4

Pts 41 32 31 30 28 27 25 21 Pts 37 37 34 30 29 27 21 20

GF 92 66 82 67 75 61 63 57 GF 78 76 76 57 65 53 62 51

GA 60 65 75 62 67 59 69 73 GA 53 57 64 55 64 70 80 75

Home 10-3-2 8-5-3 6-4-4 6-5-2 5-6-1 6-5-1 6-8-1 4-5-3 Home 10-3-1 11-4-1 10-4-2 8-4-1 5-6-3 5-4-3 4-7-1 4-6-3

Away 9-2-1 6-3-1 7-3-1 7-4-2 8-2-1 6-6-2 5-4-2 4-8-2 Away 8-2-0 6-3-2 5-4-2 6-4-1 8-4-0 6-6-2 6-9-0 4-7-1

Div 7-0-1 7-3-2 4-2-1 4-2-0 6-3-0 4-5-1 3-6-1 0-4-4 Div 4-2-0 5-1-3 4-0-2 1-2-1 5-4-1 5-3-0 4-4-0 1-4-2

Away 11-2-1 8-4-2 4-4-3 5-5-2 5-6-3 6-8-1 8-8-0 Away 6-3-1 10-3-0 7-8-1 6-5-5 3-8-1 3-9-2 4-10-1

Div 3-1-0 5-2-0 6-3-3 2-2-0 1-3-1 3-7-0 3-1-0 Div 4-4-0 3-2-0 7-1-0 4-1-3 3-3-3 2-4-1 3-4-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP Dallas 26 Blues 26 Minnesota 24 Nashville 25 Chicago 26 Winnipeg 26 Colorado 26 Pacific GP Los Angeles 24 San Jose 24 Arizona 26 Vancouver 27 Anaheim 26 Calgary 25 Edmonton 26

W 20 15 13 13 13 12 11 W 15 14 13 9 9 9 9

L 5 7 7 8 9 12 14 L 8 10 12 10 12 14 15

OT 1 4 4 4 4 2 1 OT 1 0 1 8 5 2 2

Pts 41 34 30 30 30 26 23 Pts 31 28 27 26 23 20 20

GF 92 67 66 65 71 73 75 GF 60 67 70 72 52 60 65

GA 68 63 62 64 68 81 77 GA 51 63 80 75 67 90 79

Home 9-3-0 7-3-2 9-3-1 8-3-2 8-3-1 6-4-1 3-6-1 Home 9-5-0 4-7-0 6-4-0 3-5-3 6-4-4 6-5-0 5-5-1

Friday Florida 2, Columbus 1, SO NY Islanders 2, Blues 1, SO Buffalo 5, Arizona 2 Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 3, OT Boston at Calgary, late Dallas at Edmonton, late San Jose at Anaheim, late Thursday Colorado 2, NY Rangers 1 New Jersey 5, Carolina 1 Washington 3, Montreal 2 Ottawa 4, Chicago 3, OT Detroit 5, Arizona 1 Florida 2, Nashville 1 Minnesota 1, Toronto 0 Dallas 4, Vancouver 2 Saturday Washington at Winnipeg, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, 3 p.m. NY Islanders at Ottawa, 6 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, 6 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 6 p.m. Toronto at Blues, 6 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Boston at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Tampa Bay at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Sunday Arizona at Carolina, 4 p.m. Winnipeg at Chicago, 4 p.m. Florida at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Anaheim, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

Read leads Flyers to OT win

Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford on Twitter jrutherford@post-dispatch.com

Islanders 2, Blues 1 Blues

1 0 0 0 — 1

NY Islanders 0 0 1 0 — 2 First period B: Shattenkirk 3 (Tarasenko, Stastny), 19:33. Penalties: Lee, NYI (tripping), 1:07; Backes, StL (interference), 3:22; Hickey, NYI (hooking), 8:04; Gomez, StL (elbowing), 9:21; Cizikas, NYI (cross-checking), 9:21. Second period None. Penalties: Backes, StL (tripping), 14:18. Third period N: Grabovski 5 (Strome, Kulemin), 6:39. Penalties: None. Overtime None. Penalties: None. Shootout Blues 0 (Shattenkirk NG, Tarasenko NG), NY Islanders 2 (Nielsen G, Okposo G). Shots on goal 11 7 9 5 32 Blues NY Islanders 6 9 7 3 25 Power-plays Blues 0 of 2; NY Islanders 0 of 2. Goaltenders Blues, Elliott 4-2-2 (25 shots-24 saves). NY Islanders, Greiss 8-3-2 (32-31). A: 12,873. Referees: Marc Joannette, TJ Luxmore. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Scott Cherrey.

BLUES VS. MAPLE LEAFS When • 6 p.m. Saturday Where • Scottrade Center TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM) Blues • The Blues are back at Scottrade Center for the start of a ive-game homestand. They will face Toronto, Arizona, Philadelphia, Dallas and Colorado during the homestand. ... The Blues have won four straight against Toronto and are 7-0-2 in their last nine games against the Leafs. The Blues’ last regulation loss to the Maple Leafs was a 2-1 defeat on Feb. 6, 2007. ... Jake Allen is expected to get the start. He is 11-5-2 with a 2.13 goalsagainst average and a .926 save percentage this season. Maple Leafs • Toronto comes to town tied for the league-low in victories with just eight this season. The Maple Leafs have lost two straight games, scoring just one goal in back-toback losses to Winnipeg and Minnesota, and they are 1-4-1 in their last six. Meanwhile, Toronto learned Friday that starting goalie James Reimer is day to day with an undisclosed injury. Antoine Bibeau, 21, has been recalled from the American Hockey League and he will join Garret Sparks, 22, in what will be inexperienced duo. Sparks had a 24-save shutout in his NHL debut Monday, beating Edmonton 3-0, but in his second appearance he allowed six goals on 35 shots in a 6-1 loss to Winnipeg. Injuries • Blues — LW Jaden Schwartz (ankle), out. Maple Leafs — G James Reimer (undisclosed), LW Jofrey Lupul (lower-body) and D Stephane Robidas (knee), out. Jeremy Rutherford

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A shot by the Flyers’ Pierre-Edouard Bellemare eludes Devils goalie Cory Schneider.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Matt Read scored on a 2-on-1 break 3:24 into overtime, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the host New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Friday night for their season-high fourth straight victory. Jakub Voracek set up power-play goals by red-hot Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux, and Michal Neuvirth made 15 saves for the Flyers. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for Philadelphia. Mike Cammalleri, Stefan Matteau and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils in a feisty game that featured a couple of scrums and one fight. Read skated with Sean Couturier for his big 2-on-1 in overtime. He faked several shots with defenseman Andy Greene taking away his passing lane, and then fired the puck of goalie Cory Schneider’s shoulder for his fourth goal. Cammalleri tied it with 1:01 left in regulation with a power-play goal on which the Devils had pulled Schneider for an extra skater. It was his 10th goal of the season and ended a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for the Flyers.

The Flyers had taken a 3-2 lead with 10:30 left in the period on a rebound shot by Bellemare.

NOTEBOOK Red Wings lose Miller, Pulkkinen • Detroit lost forwards Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen to injuries that are expected to keep both out for over a month. The team says Miller is expected to miss about six weeks with a broken jaw, and Pulkkinen is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a dislocated right shoulder. Miller, 31, has one goal and one assist in 26 games this season. Pulkkinen, 23, has six goals and five assists in 24 games. Lightning give Cooper extension • Coach Jon Cooper has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Tampa Bay. Terms were not released. Cooper has a .602 winning percentage since being hired in March 2013. Tampa Bay won a franchise-record 50 games and led the NHL in scoring last season. The Lightning lost the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks.

NHL SUMMARIES Panthers 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO)

Flyers 4, Devils 3 (OT)

Sabres 5, Coyotes 2

Florida 0 1 0 0 — 2 Columbus 0 1 0 0 — 1 First period: None. Penalties: Trocheck, Fla (high-sticking), 11:54; Jagr, Fla (high-sticking), 14:09; Murray, Clm (tripping), 19:11. Second period: 1, Florida, Trocheck 8 (B.Campbell, Kampfer), 1:16. 2, Columbus, Chaput 1 (Bodnarchuk, G.Campbell), 12:49. Penalties: None. Third period: None. Penalties: Pirri, Fla (high-sticking), 14:04; Mitchell, Fla (cross-checking), 15:59. Overtime: None. Penalties: Columbus bench (too many men), 2:07. Shootout: Florida 2 (Pirri NG, Trocheck NG, Huberdeau G, Barkov G), Columbus 1 (Johansen NG, Atkinson G, Wennberg NG, Jenner NG). Shots: Florida 15-10-5-2: 32. Columbus 8-8-7-0: 23. Power-plays: Florida 0 of 2; Columbus 0 of 4. Goalies: Florida, Montoya 3-1-1 (23 shots-22 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 10-12-1 (32-31). A: 14,062. Referees: Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Jay Sharrers.

Philadelphia 1 1 1 1 — 4 New Jersey 1 0 2 0 — 3 First period: 1, New Jersey, Matteau 1, 6:36. 2, Philadelphia, Simmonds 7 (Voracek, Giroux), 9:56 (pp). Penalties: Medvedev, Phi (delay of game), 6:56; Greene, NJ (tripping), 9:43. Second period: 3, Philadelphia, Giroux 9 (Voracek, Gostisbehere), 7:12 (pp). Penalties: McDonald, Phi (interference), 3:07; Palmieri, NJ (hooking), 5:20; Greene, NJ (delay of game), 5:57; Laughton, Phi, major (fighting), 10:22; Farnham, NJ, major (fighting), 10:22; B.Schenn, Phi (elbowing), 19:51. Third period: 4, New Jersey, Palmieri 10 (Elias, Cammalleri), 1:55 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Bellemare 2 (VandeVelde, Medvedev), 9:30. 6, New Jersey, Cammalleri 10 (Stempniak, Kennedy), 19:00 (pp). Penalties: VandeVelde, Phi (roughing), 2:53; Farnham, NJ (roughing), 2:53; Simmonds, Phi (holding), 13:12; Tootoo, NJ (high-sticking), 13:12; Bellemare, Phi (tripping), 17:39. Overtime: 7, Philadelphia, Read 4 (Del Zotto), 3:24. Penalties: None. Shots: Philadelphia 9-8-6-2: 25. New Jersey 5-7-6-0: 18. Power-plays: Philadelphia 2 of 3; New Jersey 1 of 4. Goalies: Philadelphia, Neuvirth 6-3-1 (18 shots-15 saves). New Jersey, Schneider 11-7-3 (25-21). A: 14,825. Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Brad Meier. Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Mark Shewchyk.

Arizona 1 0 1 — 2 Buffalo 0 2 3 — 5 First period: 1, Arizona, Domi 9 (Hanzal, Elliott), 14:28. Penalties: Duclair, Ari (tripping), 4:19. Second period: 2, Buffalo, Reinhart 7 (Ristolainen, Gorges), 7:17. 3, Buffalo, McGinn 5 (Eichel, Colaiacovo), 13:33. Penalties: Larsson, Buf (hooking), 9:05; Downie, Ari (roughing), 15:12; Kane, Buf (interference), 17:39. Third period: 4, Buffalo, Kane 5 (Girgensons), 2:40 (sh). 5, Arizona, Domi 10, 6:42. 6, Buffalo, Foligno 2 (Deslauriers, Legwand), 11:44. 7, Buffalo, Kane 6 (Franson, R.O’Reilly), 19:08 (en). Penalties: Foligno, Buf (high-sticking), 2:02. Shots: Arizona 7-7-6: 20. Buffalo 7-10-11: 28. Power-plays: Arizona 0 of 3; Buffalo 0 of 2. Goalies: Arizona, M.Smith 10-8-1 (27 shots-23 saves). Buffalo, Johnson 7-7-1 (20-18). A: 18,204. Referees: Mike Leggo, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Scott Driscoll.

NHL SCORING LEADERS Player Team Patrick Kane, Chicago Jamie Benn, Dallas Tyler Seguin, Dallas Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Erik Karlsson, Ottawa John Klingberg, Dallas Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Artemi Panarin, Chicago Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Max Pacioretty, Montreal Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh David Krejci, Boston Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Taylor Hall, Edmonton Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Vladimir Tarasenko, St Louis Matt Duchene, Colorado

GP 26 26 26 27 25 26 25 26 24 26 27 21 27 24 23 25 26 27 24 26

Through Thursday’s games G 16 18 14 12 5 5 9 9 8 8 8 13 13 12 9 9 9 7 14 14

A 25 17 21 17 24 22 17 17 18 18 18 12 12 13 16 16 16 18 10 10

PTS 41 35 35 29 29 27 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 24

+/11 10 8 6 6 11 8 114 4 7 8 8 5 4 3 11 10 3 1-

PIM 12 24 6 18 18 14 10 8 12 4 6 4 12 29 8 6 14 8 10 6

PP 9 8 3 5 1 2 1 2 2 0 3 4 4 6 2 2 1 1 4 5

SH 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GW 4 3 3 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 3 5 3 0 2 1 2 2

S 94 77 108 100 60 48 67 73 44 65 38 64 108 67 51 63 113 56 92 71

Pct 17.0 23.4 13.0 12.0 8.3 10.4 13.4 12.3 18.2 12.3 21.1 20.3 12.0 17.9 17.6 14.3 8.0 12.5 15.2 19.7