ST. LOUIS -- So, what are the Blues thinking about facing the Columbus Blue Jackets, 24 hours after they waxed the Montreal Canadiens by 10 goals?
Not a lot.
And it's probably for the best, because if the Blues (5-4-2) think too much about what the Blue Jackets (5-3-1) did on Friday instead of trying to fix the things that ail them, it could be another long night for the home team.
But instead, the Blues, who host the Blue Jackets at 6 p.m., will look at what they can do to fix their goal-scoring woes (two goals or less in seven of the past eight games and one goal or less in six of eight) rather than fixate themselves on the Jackets' record-setting 10-0 win against the previously unbeaten (in regulation) Canadiens on Friday.
"Nothing," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said when asked what he takes out of scouting Friday's game. "No, we're basing on the Dallas game (a 3-2 overtime win by the Jackets last Tuesday). That's what we're basing on. We know Dallas, we know the way Dallas played them, we saw what Dallas did well against them and what they did well in the second half of the game (Thursday). That's got to be our measuring stick. Throw out last night, from our standpoint. It was a great night for them obviously, but from our standpoint, we've got to throw it out and focus on the Dallas game."
The Blue Jackets, who have won five of seven games (5-1-1) after starting the season with consecutive regulation losses, remained hot and set multiple club records after becoming the first team to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in regulation.
They set a franchise record for goals in a game. Columbus is the first team to score 10 goals in an NHL regular-season game since the Blues defeated the Detroit Red Wings 10-3 on March 30, 2011 and are the first team to post a shutout when scoring at least 10 goals since the Calgary Flames defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 10-0 on Jan. 2, 1996.
"I'm just glad we got out of it injury-free," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told the team website after the game Friday. "... It happens. If you're on the other side of it, all it is is a tick in the win column and it's one tick in the loss column. No matter what the score is, that's all it is is a tick. We'll take the win and go and get ready to play against a good St. Louis team."
Center Paul Stastny said with a laugh, "Hottest team in the NHL. Any time anyone beats Montreal, it's their first regulation loss, so you have to respect these guys, they're playing well, coming off a couple big wins for them. We'll be ready to go. We don't worry about who we're playing, we have to worry about what we have in the game plan and execute it."
The Blues will be mindful, and alert.
Columbus was 4-for-5 on the power play to improve its league-leading percentage to 44 percent (11-for-25).
"A couple key things," defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "You've got to keep them off the power play. I know from experience when you have a game like that and your power play's clicking, you feel like you're on top of the world and you can make any play. We've got to watch out because they're going to have confidence there. We've been taking a lot of penalties lately and we've got to make sure our discipline's in line."
Hitchcock has been there before. He knows how Canadiens coach Michel Therrien must have felt.
"I remember it intimately ... and I was depressed because it was my 1,000th game coaching and then I was down 5-0 before they even gave me the award on the video," Hitchcock said of a 9-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings when he was coaching Columbus on Nov. 11, 2009.
"What did it end up, 9- or 10-1? Mike Babcock had me celebrate that milestone," Hitchcock added. "I remember that.
"I've got to tell you from a coaching standpoint, it is the loneliest feeling when you're standing on the bench. At least Michel got to do it on the road, but I had it at home and it's like, you're in the building and everybody is staring at you. It is a terrible feeling and then you've got to recover. ... I have never felt more appreciated and more lonely in my life because if you remember, Pat Burns came out of his sick bed to present me with the vase and then before he even sat in his seat, it was five-zip or something like that."