2012–13 St. Louis Blues season

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2012–13 St. Louis Blues
Division 2nd Central
Conference 4th Western
2012–13 record 29–17–2
Home record 15–8–1
Road record 14–9–1
Goals for 129
Goals against 115
Team information
General Manager Doug Armstrong
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain David Backes
Alternate captains Barret Jackman
Jamie Langenbrunner (Oct–Feb)
Andy McDonald
Alex Pietrangelo (Feb–May)
Alexander Steen
Arena Scottrade Center
Average attendance 414,328 avg. 17,263 (90.1%) [1]
24 games (19,150 max.)
Team leaders
Goals Chris Stewart (18)
Assists David Backes (22)
Points Chris Stewart (36)
Penalties in minutes Ryan Reaves (79)
Plus/minus Barret Jackman (+6)
Wins Brian Elliott (14)
Goals against average Jaroslav Halak (2.14)
<2011–12 2013–14>

The 2012–13 St. Louis Blues season was the 46th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 5, 1967.[2] The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.

Off-season[edit]

On January 6, 2013, after a 113-day lockout, the NHL Owners and Players reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), ratified on both sides by January 12, 119-days after the lockout. The old CBA expired on September 15, 2012 precipitating the lockout of the players by the owners. The new CBA has to be ratified by both the owners and players before the season can begin.[3] On the same day, team owner Tom Stillman released a statement apologizing to the fans for the 3+ month lockout.[4]

The Blues and the NHL released the new playing schedules for 2013, covering 48 games instead of the usual 82. The Blues open the season at home on January 19, against the Detroit Red Wings.[5]

Fox Sports Midwest will broadcast 41 of the 48 games. NBC/NBC Sports will broadcast the remaining seven.[6]

On the eve of the start of the abbreviated 2012–13 season on January 19, the Blues trimmed their roster to 23 by the January 18 deadline.[7]

Regular season[edit]

January[edit]

The first game of the 48-game season scored a first for the Blues: the first shutout in the first game of the season in their 46-year history. A 6–0 shutout of Detroit at home by Jaroslav Halak (14th with the Blues; facing only 14 shots) featured a two-goal game on his first two NHL shots by acclaimed Russian-import rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, two goals by Chris Stewart, and a short-handed goal by T.J. Oshie, with four of the six goals on the power-play, to a standing-room-only crowd of 20,035 in attendance.[8]

The opening game was the highest-rated Blues season or home opener on FOX Sports Midwest. It averaged a 6.0 household rating, making it the highest-rated program in prime time in St. Louis on Saturday.

The second game of the season on Monday Jan 21 against Nashville was the highest-rated regular season Blues telecast ever on FOX Sports Midwest. The Blues' 4–3 shootout win at Nashville generated a 7.4 household rating in the St. Louis DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research. That easily tops the previous regular season high of 6.3 set March 13, 2012 at Chicago. The Monday telecast peaked at a 9.1 rating (113,000 households) during the shootout. The Blues Live postgame show followed with an impressive 4.7 rating.[9]

On January 27, the Blues honored the late St. Louis Cardinals' baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who died in Ladue, Missouri on January 19, at 92. The Blues wore #6 (Musial's number) on their warmup jerseys that were autographed and then auctioned to benefit Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Blues 14 fund.[10]

February[edit]

On February 4, Blues' forward Vladimir Tarasenko was named January's 'Rookie of the Month', in leading all rookie forwards with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 7 games.[11]

On February 13, goalie Jake Allen made his first start in goal, against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, beating them 4–3 in overtime, stopping 15 of 18 shots.[12]

Vladimir Tarasenko is an early favorite to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year, after the one-quarter mark (12 games), scoring 6 goals and 5 assists (11 points) in 13 games, playing only 14:27 average per game.[13] On February 22, he was placed on the injured reserve list after getting hit on the head in the February 20 game in Colorado. His five points in his first two games tied him with Wayne Babych for the best start by a rookie in Blues' history.[14]

On February 23 at home, Barret Jackman became the all-time Blues' leader in games played by a defenseman with his 616th game played since his debut on April 14, 2002. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year in 2003. He has 22 goals and 121 assists for 143 points in his career, and a plus/minus rating of +37. This season he passed Bob Plager (615), Barclay Plager (614), Al MacInnis (613), Larry Patey (603), and Chris Pronger (598). Only forwards Bernie Federko (927), Brian Sutter (779), Brett Hull (744), and Garry Unger (662) have played in more games than Jackman.[15]

After starting out with a 6–1 record in January, the Blues skidded to a 4–7–1 in February, 1–5–1 record at home, in scoring only 11 goals, contrasting to giving up 26.[16]

March[edit]

Rookie goaltender Jake Allen got his first NHL shutout at home against the Phoenix Coyotes, stopping all 28 shots on March 14. It boosted his record to 7–1 in his first eight games.[17] He has made the most of his opportunity to show what he can do.[18]

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak tied Glenn Hall for the Blues' franchise record of 16 career shutouts when Halak shutout the Edmonton Oilers stopping all 19 shots on March 23. It was his 25th career shutout in the NHL. Roman Turek is third on the franchise list with 13 shutouts.[19]

A freefall at the end of March, losing four of five games, dropped the Blues to barely be in the playoff picture, sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference.

A few days before the trading deadline (April 3), the Blues on March 30, picked up a left-handed shooting defenseman Jordan Leopold in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres to bolster its shaky defense that has given up too many opposing rushes that have led to goals.[20]

April[edit]

In his second trade in two days GM Doug Armstrong pushed for 10 months and on April 1,[21] finally acquired his specific pick, another left-handed defenseman, this time Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames.[22] In his final trade, his third in four days, just before the deadline on April 3, Armstrong traded defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 7th-round, 2014 pick.[23]

April 16 saw coach Ken Hitchcock get his 600th NHL win with the 2–1 shootout victory over Vancouver. He became the 11th NHL coach to reach that milestone. Of the 11, only two have higher career point percentages: Scotty Bowman (.657) and Joel Quenneville (.612), with Hitchcock at .595. Bowman and Quenneville were both former Blues' coaches.[24]

The Blues clinched a playoff spot in the top eight teams in the Western Conference after their 3–1 home win against Colorado on April 23, giving them a 27–17–2 (56 points) record. Final seeding will depend on the result of their final two games of the season at home against the Calgary and Chicago, with a chance for fourth place giving them home advantage in the first round. They reached the playoffs for 25 consecutive years from 1979 to 2004, and their third in the last eight seasons.[25]

The team was 17–14–2 (36 pts.), sitting at ninth place in the Western Conference at the end of March, and were in danger of not making the playoffs. A 12–3 run in April pushed them to fourth place and home ice in the first round of the playoffs against the L.A. Kings.[26][27]

Goalie Brian Elliott was named Second Star for April, with his franchise-record (including post-season) 11 wins in the month. He had an 11–2–0 record, 1.28 goals-against-average, .948 save percentage, with three shutouts in 13 games to push the Blues into fourth place.[28]

The Blues tied the Vancouver Canucks for most shutouts for, with 7.[29]

May[edit]

After the Blues' first-round loss, their third playoff loss in four seasons, sportswriter Bernie Miklasz asked why the Blues are so easily satisfied.[30] He previously wrote that the team was good, but just not good enough.[31]

Standings[edit]

Central Division[32]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks 48 36 7 5 30 155 102 77
2 St. Louis Blues 48 29 17 2 24 129 115 60
3 Detroit Red Wings 48 24 16 8 22 124 115 56
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 48 24 17 7 19 120 119 55
5 Nashville Predators 48 16 23 9 14 111 139 41


Western Conference[33]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks CE 48 36 7 5 30 155 102 77
2 y – Anaheim Ducks PA 48 30 12 6 24 140 118 66
3 y – Vancouver Canucks NW 48 26 15 7 21 127 121 59
4 St. Louis Blues CE 48 29 17 2 24 129 115 60
5 Los Angeles Kings PA 48 27 16 5 25 133 118 59
6 San Jose Sharks PA 48 25 16 7 17 124 116 57
7 Detroit Red Wings CE 48 24 16 8 22 124 115 56
8 Minnesota Wild NW 48 26 19 3 22 122 127 55
9 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 48 24 17 7 19 120 119 55
10 Phoenix Coyotes PA 48 21 18 9 17 125 131 51
11 Dallas Stars PA 48 22 22 4 20 130 142 48
12 Edmonton Oilers NW 48 19 22 7 17 125 134 45
13 Calgary Flames NW 48 19 25 4 19 128 160 42
14 Nashville Predators CE 48 16 23 9 14 111 139 41
15 Colorado Avalanche NW 48 16 25 7 14 116 152 39

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Schedule and results[edit]

(all games on Fox Sports Midwest, except those on NBC/NBC Sports marked with a * )

2012–13 Game Log
Legend:       Win (2 points)      Loss (0 points)      Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Final stats[34]

Skaters

Goaltenders[edit]

(through game on April 27, 2013)   FINAL

Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 24 20 1,291:56 14 8 1   49 2.28   526 .907 3 0 0 0
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 16 15    812:35  6 5 1   29 2.14   286 .899 3 0 1 0
Allen, JakeJake Allen 15 13    803:53  9 4 0   33 2.46   346 .905 1 0 0 0
Totals 48 2,908:24 29 17 2 111 2.29 1,158 .904 7 0 1 0

(through game on May 10, 2013)   FINAL

Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 6 6 378:29 2 4 1 12 1.90 149 .919 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blues. Stats reflect time with the Blues only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and Milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Chris Stewart [35] NHL First Star of the Week March 17, 2013
Jake Allen and Chris Stewart [36] NHL Hot List March 17, 2013
Brian Elliott [37] NHL Second Star of the Week April 7, 2013
Brian Elliott [28] NHL Second Star for April April 29, 2013

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Jake Allen [17] 1st Career NHL Shutout March 14, 2013
David Backes [38] 300th NHL Point April 27, 2013

Roster[edit]

Updated July 18, 2013.[39]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
34 Canada Allen, JakeJake Allen G L 22 2008 Fredericton, New Brunswick
10 United States Aucoin, KeithKeith Aucoin C L 34 2013 Waltham, Massachusetts
42 United States Backes, DavidDavid Backes (C) C/RW R 29 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
21 Sweden Berglund, PatrikPatrik Berglund C L 24 2006 Västerås, Sweden
4 Canada Bouwmeester, JayJay Bouwmeester D L 29 2013 Edmonton, Alberta
43 United States Chorney, TaylorTaylor Chorney D L 26 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario
28 United States Cole, IanIan Cole D L 24 2007 Ann Arbor, Michigan
79 Canada Cracknell, AdamAdam Cracknell RW R 27 2009 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
1 Canada Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott G L 29 2011 Newmarket, Ontario
37 Finland Hakanpaa, JaniJani Hakanpaa D R 21 2010 Kirkkonummi, Finland
41 Slovakia Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak G L 27 2010 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
5 Canada Jackman, BarretBarret Jackman (A) D L 32 1999 Trail, British Columbia
26 Czech Republic Jaskin, DmitrijDmitrij Jaskin RW L 20 2011 Omsk, Russia
40 Canada Lapierre, MaximMaxim Lapierre C R 28 2013 Montreal, Quebec
33 United States Leopold, JordanJordan Leopold D L 32 2013 Golden Valley, Minnesota
74 United States Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie RW/C R 26 2005 Mount Vernon, Washington
56 Sweden Paajarvi, MagnusMagnus Paajarvi LW L 22 2013 Norrkoping, Sweden
27 Canada Pietrangelo, AlexAlex Pietrangelo (A) D R 23 2008 King City, Ontario
46 Czechoslovakia Polak, RomanRoman Polak D R 27 2004 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
32 Canada Porter, ChrisChris Porter C L 28 2007 Toronto, Ontario
75 Canada Reaves, RyanRyan Reaves RW R 26 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba
12 Canada Roy, DerekDerek Roy C L 30 2013 Ottawa, Ontario
9 Canada Schwartz, JadenJaden Schwartz C L 20 2010 Melfort, Saskatchewan
22 United States Shattenkirk, KevinKevin Shattenkirk D R 24 2011 Greenwich, Connecticut
17 Czech Republic Sobotka, VladimirVladimir Sobotka LW/C L 25 2010 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
20 Sweden Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen (A) LW L 29 2008 Winnipeg, Manitoba
25 Canada Stewart, ChrisChris Stewart RW R 25 2011 Toronto, Ontario
91 Russia Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko RW L 21 2010 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union

Transactions[edit]

The Blues have been involved in the following transactions during the 2012–13 season