2010–11 St. Louis Blues season

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2010–11 St. Louis Blues
Division 4th Central
Conference 11th Western
2010–11 record 38–33–11
Home record 23–13–5
Road record 15–20–6
Goals for 240
Goals against 234
Team information
General Manager Doug Armstrong
Coach Davis Payne
Captain Eric Brewer (Oct-Feb)
Vacant (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains David Backes
Barret Jackman
Erik Johnson (Oct-Feb)
Alexander Steen
Arena Scottrade Center
Average attendance 19,150 (100.0%)   [41 G; 785,150]   (19,150 max.)
Team leaders
Goals David Backes (31)
Assists Alex Pietrangelo (32)
Points David Backes (62)
Penalties in minutes B. J. Crombeen (154)
Plus/minus Backes (+32)
Wins Jaroslav Halak (27)
Goals against average Jaroslav Halak (2.48)

The 2010–11 St. Louis Blues season was the 44th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 5, 1967.[1]

The Blues posted a regular season record of 38 wins, 33 losses and 11 overtime/shootout losses for 87 points, failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season. As of the start of the 2016–17 NHL season, this was the final season that the Blues did not participate in postseason.


The Blues announced on April 14 that Davis Payne would be retained as coach, making him the 23rd head coach of the franchise.
Doug Armstrong was named the new general manager, replacing Larry Pleau, who will serve in a different capacity in the organization.[2]

On June 1, former player Scott Mellanby was hired as an assistant coach.[3]

On June 18, the Blues hired former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch as their new goaltending coach. He joined the Blues on July 1.[4]

On July 1, Doug Armstrong became the team's new general manager.[5]

Also on July 1, Dave Taylor became the new director of player personnel. He was previously with the Dallas Stars for three years and prior to that with the Los Angeles Kings organization as both a player and in their front office for 30 years.[6]

Dr. Jerome Gilden, the Blues team doctor since their inception in 1967, died on August 12, 2010.[7]

Forward Paul Kariya, now a free agent, announced on August 27, 2010, he will sit out the entire 2010–11 season due to post-concussion syndrome.[8][9]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division[10]
1 y-Detroit Red Wings 82 47 25 10 43 261 241 104
2 Nashville Predators 82 44 27 11 38 219 194 99
3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 44 29 9 38 258 225 97
4 St. Louis Blues 82 38 33 11 34 240 234 87
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 35 13 29 215 258 81

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 54 19 9 50 262 185 117
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 48 25 9 43 248 213 105
3 y – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 47 25 10 43 261 241 104
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 30 5 43 239 235 99
5 Nashville Predators CE 82 44 27 11 38 219 194 99
6 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 43 26 13 38 231 226 99
7 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 46 30 6 36 219 198 98
8 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 44 29 9 38 258 225 97
9 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 29 11 37 227 233 95
10 Calgary Flames NW 82 41 29 12 32 250 237 94
11 St. Louis Blues CE 82 38 33 11 34 240 234 87
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 39 35 8 36 206 233 86
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 35 13 29 215 258 81
14 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 30 44 8 24 227 288 68
15 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 25 45 12 23 193 269 62

bold - qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won President's Trophy (best record in NHL)
CE - Central Division, NW - Northwest Division, PA - Pacific Division

Schedule and results[edit]


Schedule and results[edit]

Blues Schedule
On FSN, unless noted otherwise on VS.

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).



T. J. Oshie broke his ankle in Columbus on November 10 during a fight midway in the third period playing the Columbus Blue Jackets when a Blue Jacket player fell on him; he will be out at least three months. He had surgery the next day.[12] Just before that game, after a November 7 shutout (game #4) win, the Blues were off to their best start in team history, with seven consecutive wins for 20 points (9–1–2) in only 12 games.[13]

Ratings have soared for the Blues on FSN with 16 telecasts averaging 3.6, a whopping 59% higher than the 2.3 rating compared to the same time last year. October was the best-season opening month in Blues' history for games on the network. A record 5.6 rating was achieved on November 4 (Blues at home against the San Jose Sharks) beating the 5.0 rating for a game on March 29, 2000. The team has also sold out each one of its nine home games so far with 19,150 per game, for a total of 172,350.[14]


The slew of key injuries this season continued with the concussion that Andy McDonald received on the last play of the December 4 game against the Edmonton Oilers in an overtime loss. He is the fourth Blue to suffer the debilitating injury with Cam Janssen and Carlo Colaiacovo returning, but David Perron still out with his since November 4.[15]

T. J. Oshie began a light skate on December 23, six weeks after suffering a broken ankle on November 10,[16] and could return by the end of January.[17]


David Backes was named the lone Blues' representative for the NHL All-Star Game for January 30, his first.[18]

T. J. Oshie was activated and available for the game on January 18 after missing 31 games since a broken ankle on November 10.[19]

On January 20, the Blues updated the status of two forwards with concussions: Andy McDonald and David Perron. McDonald passed a baseline concussion test and has resumed light skating. He has been out of the lineup since December 4. Perron is still experiencing symptoms but will begin light exercise to see how his body responds. He has been out of the lineup since November 4.[20]


On February 1, the Blues announced that the day's home game against the Colorado Avalanche was postponed due to severe weather. No make-up date has been set.[21]

On February 2, the Blues announced that February 22 at 7pm is to be the make-up date for the February 1 postponed game.[22]

Andy McDonald has been activated from injured reserve and will play against the Edmonton Oilers on February 4. He has missed 24 games since his December 4 concussion. To make room for him, the Blues sent Philip McRae down to the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen.[23]

On February 18, the Blues traded their captain, Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for unsigned draft choice Brock Beukeboom and a third-round pick in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[24]

On a second consecutive day of trading, the Blues traded Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a 2011 or 2012 first-round draft choice to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for former first-round draft choices Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second-round draft choice.[25]

The team responded to the changes in the next game that same February 19 evening. After spotting the Anaheim Ducks an 0–2 deficit, they scored two quick goals to tie the game, and then two others in the first period for a slender 4–3 lead. They then blasted four more goals in the second period, including two consecutive goals late in the period by newcomer Chris Stewart (with Kevin Shattenkirk setting him up for his second goal), and one more in the third in a runaway 9–3 win. It was the highest number of goals scored by the Blues in a single game since they scored their all-time high of 11 against the Ottawa Senators in 1994.[26]

David Perron has been trying to get back onto the ice since his November 4 concussion. He has missed 50 games (through game #60 on February 24). He passed a baseline test last month and has begun light exercises.[27]

Ben Bishop recorded his first NHL shutout against the Edmonton Oilers, stopping all 39 shots in a 5–0 win in Edmonton on February 25.[28]

In the third major trade in barely over a week, on February 27, the Blues traded Brad Boyes to the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round draft pick.[29]

The Blues suffered a rare shutout at the Buffalo game after 111 consecutive games, the longest in the NHL and only eight games shy of the Blues' record.[30]

The Blues on February 28, the Blues placed goaltender Ty Conklin on waivers, but he cleared them with no team picking him up, so he remains a Blue for now. The team can either send him to the Peoria Rivermen, or ask goaltender Ben Bishop to be demoted.[31][32]

In a move just before the NHL trade deadline at 3pm EST, on February 28, the Blues traded left-winger Brad Winchester for a third-round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in 2012.[33]


After a glittering 9–1–2 (20 points in 12 games) start, the Blues plagued by injuries and sub-par performances by key personnel, dropped to an even record (28–28–9) with a loss to the New York Islanders on March 5. They have since struggled to a 19–27–7 (45 points in 53 games) record after that November 7 high point.

Prior to the March 7 game, a 5–4 shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team honored its four greatest players to wear the number 7 jersey in a "Salute to No. 7": Red Berenson, Garry Unger, Joe Mullen, and Keith Tkachuk. Transcripts of the four speeches are here.[34]

Defenseman Barret Jackman and forward Alexander Steen (both alternate captains), will miss four-to-six weeks due to injuries suffered in the overtime win on March 9.[35][36] The team subsequently elevated 21-year-old, up-and-coming defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and veteran Andy McDonald to alternate captains.[37]

On March 16, Chairman Dave Checketts announced he was putting up for sale his 20% stake in the franchise and the Scottrade Center. TowerBrook Capital Partners owns 70% and other minority investors (including a local beer distributor Tom Stillman) own the other 10%.[38] On March 17, it was announced that both the St. Louis Blues franchise and the Scottrade Center were for sale.[39]

On March 30, the Blues defeated the Detroit Red Wings 10–3 at Joe Louis Arena.[40] It was the first time an NHL team had scored 10 goals in a regular season game since February 6, 2009, when the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Rangers at home by a score of 10–2.[41] It was also the first time that the Blues had scored 10 goals in a regular-season game since February 26, 1994, when they defeated the Ottawa Senators in an 11–1 road win.[42]


On April 1, the Blues were officially eliminated from the playoffs with a 3–2 loss to the Calgary Flames with a record of 35–33–10 (80 points) and four games to play. Calgary now has 89 points while the Blues can now only get to 88 points. Jarome Iginla got two goals plus an assist in the win to become the 77th player to reach 1,000 points in his career with the game-winning wrist shot on a breakaway with only 5:03 remaining in the third period.[43] He has 39 goals and 41 assists in 79 games this season, and 480 goals plus 520 assists in 1,103 career regular-season games.[44]

On April 9, David Backes earned a plus-minus team-high of +32, Alexander Steen scored his 20th goal with 49 seconds remaining in the game – which was also his 100th career NHL goal – and T. J. Oshie scored the first goal in a 2–0 shutout by Jaroslav Halak for the third time this season over the Nashville Predators.[45]

The Blues finished in fourth place in the Central Division and 11th place in the Western Conference with a 38–33–11 (87 points) record.

The Blues concluded the regular season having allowed the fewest shorthanded goals in the NHL, with just one.[46]


The Blues failed to qualify for the playoffs again after having failed to qualify in 2009–10.

Player statistics[edit]


(Updated through games of April 9, 2011) FINAL

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes


(Updated through games of April 9, 2011, FINAL)

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Awards and records[edit]


Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Jaroslav Halak[47] NHL Second Star of the Week October 25, 2010
Jaroslav Halak[48] NHL Third Star of the Week November 8, 2010


Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Ryan Reaves 1st Career NHL Game October 11, 2010
Alexander Steen 200th Career NHL Point October 14, 2010
Andy McDonald 400th Career NHL Point October 22, 2010
Jay McClement 400th Career NHL Game October 23, 2010
Ian Cole 1st Career NHL Game November 6, 2010
Nikita Nikitin 1st Career NHL Game November 6, 2010
Nicholas Drazenovic 1st Career NHL Game November 11, 2010
Brad Boyes 300th Career NHL Point November 13, 2010
Carlo Colaiacovo 100th Career NHL Point November 15, 2010
T. J. Hensick 100th Career NHL Game November 17, 2010
David Backes 300th Career NHL Game November 19, 2010
Eric Brewer 700th Career NHL Game November 19, 2010
Alexander Steen 400th Career NHL Game November 19, 2010
Stefan Della Rovere 1st Career NHL Game December 1, 2010
David Backes 100th Career NHL Assist December 9, 2010
Eric Brewer 200th Career NHL Point December 15, 2010
Adam Cracknell 1st Career NHL Game December 15, 2010
Adam Cracknell 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
December 20, 2010
B. J. Crombeen 200th Career NHL Game December 20, 2010
Barret Jackman 100th Career NHL Assist December 28, 2010
Jay McClement 100th Career NHL Assist January 10, 2011
Philip McRae 1st Career NHL Game January 12, 2011
Ryan Reaves 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
January 12, 2011
Philip McRae 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 13, 2011
Patrik Berglund 100th Career NHL Point January 22, 2011
Philip McRae 1st Career NHL Goal January 26, 2011
Nikita Nikitin 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
February 4, 2011
Nikita Nikitin 1st Career NHL Goal February 6, 2011
T. J. Oshie 100th Career NHL Point February 6, 2011
Roman Polak 200th Career NHL Game February 8, 2011
Patrik Berglund 200th Career NHL Game February 11, 2011
Erik Johnson 200th Career NHL Game February 11, 2011
Barret Jackman 500th Career NHL Game February 14, 2011
David Backes 200th Career NHL Point February 19, 2011
Brad Winchester 300th Career NHL Game February 21, 2011
Andy McDonald 600th Career NHL Game February 22, 2011
Ben Bishop 1st Career NHL Shutout February 25, 2011
Ian Cole 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
March 9, 2011
Adam Cracknell 1st Career NHL Goal March 12, 2011
Ryan Reaves 1st Career NHL Assist March 12, 2011
Carlo Colaiacovo 300th Career NHL Game March 29, 2011
David Backes 100th Career NHL Goal April 1, 2011
Ty Conklin 200th Career NHL Game April 6, 2011
Alexander Steen 100th Career NHL Goal April 9, 2011


The Blues have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.