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About the Blues - 11-23-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blues.

When and where: 7 p.m., EST; Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Midwest.

Record: 10-8-2, 22 points. The Blues are in 10th place in the Western Conference and fourth place in the Central Division.

Leading Scorer: Alexander Steen (right), 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 home loss to the Kings, last night. Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for the Blues.

Last Game against the Penguins: 1-0 overtime home win, Oct. 23, 2010. Brent Johnson made 23 saves for the Penguins.

Blues Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Steen. He has five points in his last five games.

Ex-Penguins on the Blues: Ville Siren, amateur scout; Brett Sterling, LW.

Ex-Blues on the Penguins: Brent Johnson, G; Todd Reirden, assistant coach.

Useless Blues Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman Steve Durbano holds the Blues' single-season record for misconduct penalties. he had 10 in 1972-73.

Best Blues Video We Could Find: Mike Crombeen's series-clinching overtime goal against the Penguins in Game 5 of a 1981 preliminary round series:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (11-3-1, 1.90 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins and Brian Elliott (7-1-0, 1.43 GAA, .947 SV%) for the Blues.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defensemen Ben Lovejoy (left wrist), Brian Strait (elbow) and center center Dustin Jeffrey (knee) are on injured reserve. For the Blues, defensemen Carlo Coliacovo (hamstring), Kent Huskins (left ankle), right winger B.J. Crombeen (left shoulder), center Andy McDonald (concussion), left winger David Perron (concussion) are on injured reserve

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Richard Park - Craig Adams

Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Zbynek Michalek - Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland

-The Blues' primary lines and defensive pairings against the Kings last night were:

Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Matt D’Agostini
Chris Porter - Jason Arnott - Jamie Langenbrunner
Brett Sterling - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo
Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Notes:

-Oshie suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury last night when he was hit from behind into the boards by Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. After the game, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Oshie was fine.

-The Blues are one of four NHL teams Crosby has not scored against. The others are the Blackhawks, Sharks and Oilers.

-Michalek has appeared in 499 career games.

-Brent Johnson has appeared in 299 career games.

-Orpik has 97 career points.

-Park has 97 career goals.

-Letang has 146 career points.

-Asham has 195 career points.

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(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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