Raise your hand if you expected to see Brian Elliott’s mug smiling back out at you from three of the four spots on NHL.com’s goalie leaderboards.
As it stands, it looks like one of those “One of these things is not like the others…” segments from Sesame Street. Brian Elliott more than belongs. Last night’s 3-0 shutout over the Nashville Predators set both Elliott’s and the Blues’ best length of a shutout streak at 186:33. You want more fun facts? As I was reading Jeremy Rutherford’s account of last night’s game, they popped out at me left and right.
- The Blues’ve tied the post-expansion shutout streak of the ’69-’70 Chicago Blackhawks. One more win and they set it.
- Last night’s win set a home win record for the Blues of 20 games
- In case you missed it, Hall and Plante’s shutout record got broken a few games back
- Elliott broke Hall’s shutout record with his 9th — Hall had 8 in ’68-’69
- The Blues have 105 points with five games remaining on the schedule
Not mentioned in the artcile (but mentioned in the comments section at Game Time), the Blues were even mentioned on Sportscenter of all places last night with a “you might not know this, but the Blues are the top team in the NHL.” Well, duh, ESPN. Of course no one knows this. You cover hockey for three minutes a day, and for some weird reason the media thinks that STL is a small market (witness the fact that no broadcaster gives a flip that the Cards won the World Series) that isn’t worth talking about.
Well, everyone — why not the St. Louis Blues?