Preview: Blues at Golden Knights
The St. Louis Blues received some positive news after a harrowing incident caused the postponement of Tuesday's game in Anaheim. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode during the first period but was doing "very well" Wednesday, according to general manager Doug Armstong, who said the Blues will play Thursday's game at the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 36-year-old Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench and became unresponsive, but Armstrong said medical personnel revived him with a defibrillator before he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. “Jay is currently undergoing a battery of testing to determine the how and why of what happened last night and things are looking very positive,” Armstrong told the media Wednesday. The decision was quickly made to postpone the game, leaving St. Louis one point clear of Colorado atop the Central Division. The Golden Knights have lost two in a row and are holding down the top wild card while trailing first-place Vancouver by three points in the tightly bunched Pacific Division.
TIME: 10 p.m. ET. TV: AT&T Sportsnet-Rocky Mountain, FS Midwest
ABOUT THE BLUES (32-15-9): Captain Alex Pietrangelo, who along with defenseman Vince Dunn were the closest players to Bouwmeester when the incident occurred, visited his stricken teammate on Wednesday and said the veteran blue-liner was in good spirits. "It's hard to even explain. It happened so fast," said Pietrangelo, who lauded the reaction of the medical staff. "It felt like an eternity for us. We reacted as fast as we could. ... It's not easy to see anybody go through, let alone a close friend and teammate." Bouwmeester's father was in attendance Tuesday as part of the team's annual Dads' Trip.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (28-22-8): Playing on the road for the ninth time in 10 games, Vegas was blanked 4-0 at Minnesota on Tuesday and now opens a five-game homestand that features four straight against teams holding down playoff slots. Marc-Andre Fleury was yanked for only the second time this season in Tuesday's game but coach Peter DeBoer was not blaming his netminder. “Three, four opportunities are in the crease and we’re not clearing pucks or people out of there," DeBoer said. "We’ve got to be hungrier and harder in that area.”
1. St. Louis has earned points in all eight career meetings (5-0-3) versus Vegas.
2. The Golden Knights are 1-for-18 on the power play over the past five games.
3. The Blues have lost seven of nine (2-5-2) and have failed to score more than three goals in each of the losses.
PREDICTION: Blues 4, Golden Knights 2