Jason Arnott celebrates a Blues goal he assisted on Oct. 10th (Mark Buckner/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (Missouri Sports Magazine) – Blues GM Doug Armstrong knew that if the team truly planned to make the playoffs this year, he had better add some players to the roster that have actually played in the playoffs.  So he added 343 career playoff games to the roster by adding Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner, Scott Nichol, Brian Elliot, and Kent Huskins.  Before the offseason, the entire Blues roster had only 131 career playoff games.

With experience, though, usually comes age.  The first player mentioned there, Arnott, turns 37 on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.  But he doesn’t look like he’s lost a step.  In the first two Blues games, Arnott has scored a goal in each, and added an assist in Monday’s afternoon matinee against the Calgary Flames.  His faceoff winning percentage has been off the charts, as well, at nearly 66 percent.  After having a down year offensively last season, Arnott is telling everyone he still has a lot of hockey left in him.

His new linemates, puck-master Alex Steen and gritty winger Matt D’Agostini are only making it easier for him to prove himself.  “They’re easy guys to play with,” Arnott said, underscoring how well Steen and D’Agostini have connected with him.  Steen set up Arnott’s first of the year on Saturday, and Arnott returned the favor on Monday on Steen’s first.

With all that experience (and now 37 years) under his belt, Arnott knows this team has a long way to go – including eight of their next nine games on the road.  And he’s glad he can here to help lead the Blues back to the promised land of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blues next play on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 CDT against the Dallas Stars in Dallas, Texas, at the American Airlines Center.

BLUES NOTES

  • Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo was put on the Injured Reserve List, injured on an inadvertent trip by Nashville Predator rookie defenseman Blake Geoffrion in the second period of Saturday’s home opener.  It is classified as an “upper body injury”.
  • The Blues have claimed Edmonton Oiler defenseman Taylor Chorney, 24, off waivers.  Chorney, the 6-1, 189-pound defenseman has played in 56 career National Hockey League games (1g, 7pts).  He scored four points in twelve games last season.  Chorney was originally drafted 36th overall (second round) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Defenseman Kent Huskins made his Blues debut Monday afternoon, finishing a +3 in the game (18:48 ice time).
  • Monday was the first time the Blues have scored 5 goals against Calgary since 2003.