Tuesday night will be a milestone night for one member of the St. Louis Blues, and if the team gets a win it will be a notable night for rookie goaltender Jake Allen as well. Forward Chris Stewart will play his 300th NHL game tonight when the Blues take on the Vancouver Canucks. Allen can match the franchise record for best 10-game start with the team. Ironically, the player whose mark he would tie is Brian Elliott, who will be watching from the press box as Allen continues to star and take his spot on the team. Allen enters tonight’s game with an 8-1-0 record, while Elliott was 9-1-0 in his first 10 starts with the Blues last season. Elliott was 3-6-1 with a 3.65 goals-against average before being benched this season.
Stewart was drafted 18th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2006 and cracked their lineup in 2008. He had a 28-goal, 64-point 2009-10 season before being traded to the Blues the following season. Stewart is also nearing three other milestones that should be easy to hit this season given the way he has been playing. He need four more goals for 100 for his career, and is also nearing the century mark in assists (98). He also sits just shy of 200 points for his career (194). This season Stewart has been the Blues’ most consistent offensive performer, with 14 goals and 28 points. Stewart enter tonight’s game on a three-game scoring streak (five goals, seven points) and will try to help the Blues hang on to the fourth spot in the Western Conference if they can defeat the Canucks tonight.