|2015–16 St. Louis Blues|
|General Manager||Doug Armstrong|
|Alternate captains||Alex Pietrangelo|
|Average attendance||18,451 (96.3%)  (41 gms)|
|Goals||Vladimir Tarasenko (40)|
|Assists||Paul Stastny (39)|
|Points||Vladimir Tarasenko (74)|
|Penalties in minutes||David Backes (83)|
|Plus/minus||Colton Parayko (+28)|
|Wins||Jake Allen (26)|
|Goals against average||Brian Elliott (2.07) #2 NHL|
- 1 Off-season
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Standings
- 5 Schedule and results
- 6 Player statistics
- 7 Roster
- 8 Suspensions/fines
- 9 Awards and Milestones
- 10 Transactions
- 11 Draft picks
- 12 References
On March 9, the NHL announced that the Winter Classic will be held in St. Louis, at Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017, against their inter-division rival Chicago Blackhawks. It will be the first time the Blues have hosted it, and the 23rd NHL team to play in an outdoor game. It will be the 9th NHL Winter Classic, with the game marking the 50th anniversary of the inaugural season of Blues hockey when it was admitted to the NHL in June 1967.
On March 25, the Blues clinched a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season with a win over the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, at home. Brian Elliott registered his third consecutive shutout (4th of the season, one fewer than Jake Allen) tying the franchise record with Greg Millen who did in from Dec. 1-6 in 1989, turning aside 15 shots, after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. Elliott's previous three consecutive shutout streaks came from March 22–27 in 2012, and again from April 7–11, 2013. He shutout the Canucks earlier in the week on March 19, 3-0 at Vancouver, stopping 19 shots, and on March 22 against the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, stopping 37 shots, some on 5-3 and 6-3 penalty kills near the end of the game. Rookie defenseman Joel Edmundson ("Eddy"), scored his first NHL goal, while Kyle Brodziak got the Blues on the board first with his second short-handed goal of the season. Fellow rookie, center Robby Fabbri scored his 18th goal of the season, pushing the Blues to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Carl Gunnarsson made it 3-0 in the 2nd period before Edmundson finished off the scoring in the 3rd period.
On March 26, the Blues became only the 11th team in NHL history to post four consecutive shutouts (a new Blues' franchise record), after Jake Allen beat the league-leading Washington Capitals, 4-0, turning aside 32 shots at Washington for his sixth shutout of the season. It's the first time of a team winning with four consecutive shutouts since the Phoenix Coyotes had five December 31, 2003 – January 9, 2004 to set the modern record. The Blues have not allowed a goal in 240:18, for the longest streak in their history.
On March 29, Brian Elliott's shutout streak ended at 193:12 with a goal by Mikhail Grigorenko at 18:12 in the first period at home. The team's shutout streak ended at the same time at 258:29. Elliott is 10-0-1 in his last 12 starts, and leads the NHL with a 1.92 GAA and .935 SV%. The Blues again passed 100 points with a 46-22-9 record, and fighting for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference with the Dallas Stars after a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
The Blues vs. Chicago Game 5 on April 21, set a Fox Sports Midwest all-time ratings record. It was the most-watched Blues game on that regional sports network in the team's 20 seasons. The double overtime thriller, lost by the Blues 4-3, earned a 15.0 rating with 183,000 households watching in the St. Louis market, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the most-watched program of the day in St. Louis, as were the previous four games of the series.
Robby Fabbri scored his first goal of the playoffs and added an assist giving him four points overall in the series (1g, 3a). The game marked the 11th all-time overtime playoff game between the Blues and Hawks. The Blues hold a 7-4 record in those games and a 3-1 mark in multiple overtime games. The Blues recorded 46 shots against goaltender Corey Crawford – the sixth highest total in a playoff game in club history. Alexander Steen led the team with six, which tied for his second-highest total in a postseason contest.
The Blues vs. Chicago in Game 7 on April 25, shattered all previous ratings records for Fox Sports Midwest. It was the most-watched telecast in the history of that network with a 19.6 rating in the St. Louis DMA, averaging 239,000 households, according to Nielsen Media Research. Viewing peaked at a 25.3 rating/308,000 households/39 share at the end of the game.
Before April 25, the highest-rated event on FOX Sports Midwest was the St. Louis Cardinals' victory at Houston Astros on Sept. 28, 2011 – the final day of the regular season, on which the Cardinals' win and subsequent Atlanta Braves loss put the Cardinals in the postseason. That Cardinals' game earned an 18.0.
Blues-Blackhawks was the No. 1 program of the day in St. Louis. During the game, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., it beat the combined rating of St. Louis' ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates (17.9). All seven games of the series were the No. 1 program of the day in St. Louis.
Game 7 was the most-watched program in St. Louis since the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.
The previous high for a Blues game came just last week – a 15.0 for Game 5 against Chicago. FOX Sports Midwest is in its 20th season as the home of the Blues and 23rd with the Cardinals.
After two thrilling 4-3 games playoff series wins against the Blackhawks and Stars, but then a six-game loss in the Western Conference Finals to the Sharks, coach Ken Hitchcock, 64, signed a one-year contract extension on May 31, in what he said would be his last season coaching. He guided the St. Louis Blues to their first Western Conference Final appearance since 2001. Hitchcock has accumulated a 224-103-36 (.667) record in 363 games behind the bench in St. Louis. His coaching career has spanned 19 NHL seasons, 1,404 games and 757 wins, which ranks fourth all-time in NHL history. He's led his teams to 13 appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning one championship with the Dallas Stars in 1999. All of the assistant coaches have been offered similar one-year contract extensions. Blues Associate Coach Brad Shaw, who has been with the club since 2006, has decided not to return and will instead pursue other opportunities.
After associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Kirk Muller decided to leave for other opportunities, Mike Yeo, 42 (b. July 31), was announced on June 13 to replace coach Ken Hitchcock after his last year (2016–17), starting in the 2017-18 season. Yeo joins the Blues as associate coach, while Rick Wilson will join the staff as an assistant coach. Ray Bennett (assistant coach), Jim Corsi (goalie coach) and Sean Ferrell (video coach) will also return. Yeo spent the majority of the last five seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild, leading the club to a 173-132-44 record, including a 46-28-8 mark in 2014-15, which was the second-best mark in Wild history. Yeo also guided Minnesota to three post-season appearances, including back-to-back trips to the second round in 2014 and 2015.
|St. Louis Blues||82||49||24||9||44||224||201||107|
Central Division Division
|St. Louis Blues||82||49||24||9||44||224||201||107|
|Los Angeles Kings||82||48||28||6||46||225||195||102|
|San Jose Sharks||82||46||30||6||42||241||210||98|
Western Conference Wild Card
Schedule and results
|2015 Pre-Season Game Log: 4–2–0 (Home: 3–0–0 ; Road: 1–2–0)|
|1[A]||September 22||St. Louis||1–3||Columbus||Binnington||10,064||0–1–0||Recap|
|2[A]||September 22||Columbus||2–5||St. Louis||Copley||10,388||1–1–0||Recap|
|3||September 24||Dallas||0–6||St. Louis||Elliott||11,876||2–1–0||Recap|
|4||September 26||St. Louis||1–3||Chicago||Allen||20,813||2–2–0||Recap|
|5||September 29||St. Louis||4–1||Dallas||Elliott||11,544||3–2–0||Recap|
|6||October 1||Chicago||2–5||St. Louis||Allen||14,303||4–2–0||Recap|
A – indicates split-squad game.
|2015–16 Game Log|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
|2016 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
Bold = led team
* Missed 49 games due to ankle fracture, Oct. 23-Feb. 10
**** Missed 54 final regular-season games, on IR due to right hamstring injury Dec. 5 (Dec. 6-Apr. 9). He was diagnosed with colitis on April 6, will be re-evaluated in 14 days. He returned to play in Game 3 of the StL-Chi playoffs, April 17.
* || 47 || 44 || 2,583:22 || 26 || 15 || 3 || 101 || 2.35 || 1,260 || .920 || 6 || 0 || 0 || 0
** || 42 || 38 || 2,263:00 || 23 || 8 || 6 || 78 || 2.068 (#2 NHL) || 1,113 || .930 || 4 || 0 || 0 || 2
† || 3 || 0 || 87:18 || 0 || 1 || 0 || 4 || 2.76 || 44 || .909 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blues. Stats reflect time with the Blues only.
‡Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
* Activated on Feb. 21, after missing 17 games (Jan. 9-Feb. 20)
** Activated on Mar. 18, after missing 10 games (Feb. 23-Mar. 18)
BOLD = led NHL
Updated FINAL ROSTER on May 25, 2016.
|Ryan Reaves||Roughing Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar during NHL Game No. 177 in St. Louis on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 11:56 of the first period.||n/a||$3,024.19||November 4, 2015|
Awards and Milestones
The Blues has been involved in the following transactions:
|June 29, 2015||To San Jose Sharks
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2016
|To St. Louis Blues
|July 2, 2015||To Washington Capitals
|To St. Louis Blues
3rd-round pick in 2016
|January 15, 2016||To Detroit Red Wings
|To St. Louis Blues
|February 27, 2016||To Edmonton Oilers
5th-round pick in 2016
|To St. Louis Blues
|March 4, 2016||To Boston Bruins
|To St. Louis Blues
|June 24, 2016||To Calgary Flames
|To St. Louis Blues
2nd-round pick in 2016
Conditional 3rd-round pick in 2018
Free agents acquired
Free agents lost
Lost via waivers
Lost via retirement
- See also: List of St. Louis Blues draft picks
|Round||#||Player||Pos||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|2||56||Vince Dunn||D||Canada||Niagara IceDogs (OHL)|
|4||94[a]||Adam Musil||C||Canada||Red Deer Rebels (WHL)|
|4||116||Glen Gawdin||C||Canada||Swift Current Broncos (WHL)|
|5||127[b]||Niko Mikkola||D||Finland||Kalpa Jr. (Finland-Jr.)|
|5||146||Luke Opilka||G||United States||U.S. NTDP (USHL)|
|6||176||Liam Dunda||LW||Canada||Owen Sound Attack (OHL)|
- Draft notes
- The St. Louis Blues' first-round pick went to the Winnipeg Jets as the result of a trade on February 11, 2015 that sent Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade). The condition – Winnipeg will receive the lowest of Buffalo's first-round picks in 2015 – was converted on April 27, 2015 when the Islanders were eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, ensuring that the Blues' first-round pick would be lower. Buffalo previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on February 28, 2014 that sent Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and conditional second and third-round picks in 2014 to St. Louis in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a conditional first-round pick in 2014 and this pick.
- The St. Louis Blues' third-round pick went the San Jose Sharks as compensation for Edmonton hiring Todd McLellan as their head coach on May 19, 2015. Edmonton previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on July 10, 2013 that sent Magnus Paajarvi, a second-round pick in 2014 and a fourth-round pick in 2015 to St. Louis in exchange for David Perron and this pick.
- a The Edmonton Oilers' fourth-round pick went the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on July 10, 2013 that sent David Perron and a third-round pick in 2015 to Edmonton in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi, a second-round pick in 2014 and this pick.
- b The New Jersey Devils' fifth-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on March 22, 2013 that sent Matt D'Agostini and a seventh-round pick in 2015 to New Jersey in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade). The condition – If D'Agostini is not re-signed by New Jersey then St. Louis will receive a fifth-round pick in 2015 – was converted on July 10, 2013.
- The St. Louis Blues' seventh-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on September 28, 2013 that sent Scott Timmins and a sixth-round pick in 2014 to New Jersey in exchange for Krys Barch and this pick. New Jersey previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 22, 2013 that sent a conditional fourth-round pick to St. Louis in exchange for Matt D'Agostini and this pick.
- 2015–2016 NHL Attendance – National Hockey League – ESPN. ESPN.
- National Hockey League (2013). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2014. Diamond Sports Data, Inc., 113. ISBN 978-1-894801-26-3.
- Winter Classic Comes to St. Louis in 2017: Busch Stadium will serve as host to Blues / Blackhawks game on Jan. 2, 2017. NHL.com (March 9, 2016).
- Game Notes - Blues 4, Canucks 0. NHL.com (March 25, 2016).
- Blues blank Canucks to clinch playoff berth. NHL.com (March 25, 2016).
- StLouisBlues are 11th in NHL history to post 4 straight shutouts and 4th to do so in expansion era (since 1967-68). NHL Public Relations (March 26, 2016).
- Blues blank Capitals for fourth straight shutout. NHL.com (March 26, 2016).
- Blues defeat Avalanche for fifth straight win. NHL.com (March 29, 2016).
- Game 5 Sets FSMW Ratings Record. NHL.com (April 22, 2016).
- Game Notes - Blues 3, Blackhawks 4 (2OT). NHL.com (April 22, 2016).
- Game 7 Shatters Ratings Record on FSMW. NHL.com (April 26, 2016).
- Hitchcock Returns for One Final Season. NHL.com (May 31, 2016).
- Blues Add Yeo, Wilson to Coaching Staff. NHL.com (June 13, 2016).
- Blues Release 2015-16 Preseason Schedule - St Louis Blues - News. St. Louis Blues (June 2, 2015).
- 2015-2016 Regular Season Schedule/Results - St Louis Blues - Schedule. Blues.nhl.com. Retrieved on March 7, 2016.
- 2015–2016 – Regular Season – St. Louis Blues – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats. NHL.
- Schwartz Activated from Injured Reserve. St. Louis Blues (February 10, 2016).
- Pietrangelo Placed on Injured Reserve. St. Louis Blues (February 8, 2016).
- Blues Activate Pietrangelo from IR. St. Louis Blues (February 27, 2016).
- Steen Injured Saturday against Arizona. St. Louis Blues (February 21, 2016).
- Steen's Return Gives Surging Blues a Boost. St. Louis Blues (March 29, 2016).
- Steen Will Return to Lineup vs. Avalanche. St. Louis Blues (March 28, 2016).
- Ott to Undergo Hamstring Surgery: Blues forward was injured in the first period Dec. 5 vs. Toronto. St. Louis Blues (December 6, 2015).
- Ott Diagnosed with Colitis. St. Louis Blues (April 6, 2016).
- Ott Doesn't Miss a Beat in Game 3 Return. St. Louis Blues (April 18, 2016).
- Stats. St. Louis Blues. Retrieved on April 9, 2016.
- 2015–2016 – Regular Season – St. Louis Blues – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats. NHL.
- Allen Activated from Injured Reserve. NHL.com (February 21, 2016).
- Elliott Set to Return Against Canucks: Blues goaltender will return after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. NHL.com (March 18, 2016).
- Stats. St. Louis Blues. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
- 2015–2016 – Playoffs – St. Louis Blues – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats. NHL.
- Blues Roster. St. Louis Blues. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
- Blues' forward Ryan Reaves fined for roughing. NHL (November 4, 2015).
- Price, Seguin and Tarasenko named stars of week. NHL (October 19, 2015).
- Marchand, Allen, Hall named 'Three Stars' of week. NHL (November 2, 2015).
- Jones, Sedin, Shattenkirk named NHL's 'Three Stars'. NHL (November 23, 2015).
- Star-studded Central roster highlights All-Star reveal. NHL (January 6, 2016).
- Varlamov, Stempniak and Elliott named stars of week. NHL (January 25, 2016).
- Tarasenko Named First Star of the Week. NHL (March 14, 2016).
- Elliott Named Second Star of the Week. NHL (March 28, 2016).
- Tarasenko Wins NHL 17 Cover Vote. NHL (June 22, 2016).
- Parayko Named to NHL All-Rookie Team. NHL (June 22, 2016).
- David Backes, St. Louis Blues
- Backes Moving Up the All-Time Lists, St. Louis Blues
- Elliott makes 19 saves in return, Blues blank Canucks
- Game Notes - Blues 1, Sharks 0
- Blues Acquire Abeltshauser from Sharks. nhl.com (June 29, 2015).
- Blues Acquire Brouwer from Capitals. nhl.com (July 2, 2015).
- Red Wings trade Richard Nedomlel to St. Louis for future considerations. nhl.com (January 15, 2016).
- Blues Acquire Nilsson from Oilers. nhl.com (February 27, 2016).
- St. Louis Blues Acquire Zack Phillips From Boston Bruins. nhl.com (March 4, 2016).
- Blues Trade Elliott to Calgary Flames. NHL.com (June 24, 2016).
- Blues Sign Three to One-Year, Two-Way Deals. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Brodziak Signs One-Year Deal with Blues. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Blues Sign Benoit to Two-Way Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Marini, Glenn (July 9, 2015). Former Komet Justin Hodgman Signs With St. Louis Blues. WANE. Retrieved on September 7, 2015.
- Upshall Signs One-Year Deal with Blues. nhl.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2015.
- Gomez Sigms One-Year Deal with Blues. nhl.com. Retrieved on October 7, 2015.
- Blues Sign Havlat to One-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on November 12, 2015.
- Blues Sign Selman to Entry-Level Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2016.
- Coyotes Sign Michalek to Two-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Predators Sign Jackman to a Two-Year, $4 Million Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with D Cameron Gaunce and D Brent Regner. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Sharks Sign Forward John McCarthy. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Flyers sign LW Chris Porter. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 12, 2015.
- Canucks sign Adam Cracknell. canucks.nhl.com (August 26, 2015).
- Marcel Goc signs in German League. "NBC Sports" (September 1, 2015).
- Blues Sign Welsh to Two-Way Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Lehtera Signs 3-Year Contract Extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Blues Sign Butler to One-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Beach Signs One-Year, Two-Way Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Blues Sign Cannone to One-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Bortuzzo Signs Two-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Blues Agree to Two-Year Deal with Allen. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Opilka Signs 3-Year Entry Level Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Jaskin Signs One-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Tarasenko Signs 8-Year, $60M Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Paajarvi Agrees to One-Year Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
- Dunn Signs 3-Year Entry-Level Deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on September 24, 2015.
- Gunnarsson Signs 3-Year Extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2016.
- MacEachern, Musil Sign Entry-Level Deals. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 30, 2016.
- Edmundson Signs Two-Year Extension. NHL.com (April 8, 2016). Retrieved on April 9, 2016.
- Blues Sign Jaskin to Two-Year Extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2016.
- Blues Agree to One-Year Deal with Upshall. NHL.com (June 22, 2016). Retrieved on June 22, 2016.
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions. Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved on June 3, 2015.
- SABRES ACQUIRE KANE, BOGOSIAN & KASDORF FROM WINNIPEG (February 11, 2015). Retrieved on February 11, 2015.
- Miller, Ott traded to Blues by Sabres for Halak, Stewart. National Hockey League (February 28, 2014). Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
- Oilers to hire Todd McLellan as head coach: reports (May 18, 2015). Retrieved on June 18, 2015.
- Trades completed during 2015 NHL Draft weekend (June 27, 2015). Retrieved on June 27, 2015.
- INBOX: Oilers draft pick dilemma (February 16, 2015). Retrieved on March 11, 2015.
- Devils acquire Blues' D'Agostini (March 22, 2013). Retrieved on May 24, 2013.
- Penguins sign D'Agostini to one-year contract (July 10, 2013). Retrieved on July 10, 2013.
- Devils, Panthers swap depth forwards, picks. National Hockey League (September 28, 2013). Retrieved on September 30, 2013.
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