The St. Louis Blues return to the ice for the first time in 13 days tomorrow when they host the New Jersey Devils. Read below to see our preview of the game and catch up with the team.
St. Louis Blues Return To The Ice
For the first time since Jan. 29, the St. Louis Blues will be back on the ice at the Enterprise Center. The Blues are set to host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. In their last outing, the Blues lost to Winnipeg on home ice, 4-1. St. Louis is currently sitting in fourth place in the Central Division standings, but second place thru fourth place is up for grabs.
It has been quite the back and forth season for the Blues. Dealing with all sorts of injuries, COVID sickness, normal sickness, you name it and the Blues have had to deal with it. The Blues have a goalie competition between Jordan Binnington and Ville Husso, and they are continuing to navigate their way through this season.
It would not be surprising to see quite a bit of rust showing for the Blues in this game. With the extended break due to the NHL All-Star Weekend, the Blues and their players have had a lot of time off. How will St. Louis respond in their first game back?
Jordan Kyrou: A Star In The Making
As if he was not shooting up the ranks of being a popular player in the NHL already, Jordan Kyrou made a name for himself at the NHL All-Star Weekend. The Blues young forward won the fastest skater competition during the Skills Competition portion of the All-Star event, with a time of 13.55.
Kyrou then followed the skills competition performance with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the All-Star Game. Kyrou played two games of the 3-on-3 for the Central Division.
Not to mention the performance he had at the NHL Winter Classic, but Kyrou is making a name for himself across the hockey world. On the season, Kyrou leads the Blues with 42 points and 17 goals. We are truly watching a young hockey star blossom right in front of us.
Pen To Paper For Multiple Players
The Blues have signed multiple players to extensions and new contracts within the last few days. Forward, Logan Brown received a one-year, one-way contract with St. Louis. Defenseman, Robert Bortuzzo, signed a two-year extension. The last signing was forward Alexei Toropchenko, to a one-year, two-way contract extension.
Bortuzzo is the most notable signing, making sure that the defenseman stays in a Blues sweater for the foreseeable future. The Blues acquired the 32-year-old from a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015. The defenseman was very excited about the extension with St. Louis.
“It feels good. I’m excited, I’m glad they’re putting a little more faith in me,” Bortuzzo said. “It’s no secret I love being here, being around this team and this organization. It all came together pretty quick, seemed like both sides wanted to get it done. I’m excited… we’ve got a good squad here and it’s exciting to be part of.”
Fans have come to appreciate what Bortuzzo brings to the Blues and the identity of the defense they play. Bortuzzo was a part of the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Championship team and he ranks 17th overall for games played by a Blues defenseman.
Game Time Information For Thursday
Puck Drop: 7 p.m.
TV: BSMW – Bally Sports App – ESPN+
Radio: 101.1 ESPN St. Louis