BUFFALO, New York- The Blues (31-19-3) are going back with Carter Hutton in goal against the Sabres (14-28-9) today at 6 p.m. on FS-MW, KMOX 1120-AM.
Hutton, who gave way for Jake Allen on Thursday in the loss to the Bruins, is 8-1-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .942 save percentage his past 10 starts. He's started 10 of the past 13 games and is 4-0-0 lifetime with a 1.23 GAA and .953 save percentage against Buffalo.
"It's not too many days off. I just played on Tuesday. It's good," Hutton said. "It's going to be a good challenge and just keep away at it. It's going to be a fun game and we've got to get in there and bring our game, have a presence right away. For me, just get out, compete and do my best."
Allen was the Blues' best player Thursday, making 43 of 45 saves in the loss to Boston which stopped a three-game winning streak, and it wouldn't have been a shock to see Yeo come back with Allen again, but Yeo said, "That was the plan all along. I think Jake knows the plan and we'll stick with it."
Hutton, who had a run of six straight starts, wasn't surprised by Allen's performance Thursday.
"It was great. I wasn't too surprised," he said. "He's a competitor and he's been working so hard and sometimes some time off is good. I knew he was going to go out there and compete. It was almost a great game. He got a ton of shots early. He competed and I could tell he was focused. I think he was the difference in that game and our best player on the ice from start to finish.
"You need two goalies to play. I knew I wasn't going to play every game, he knows he's not going to play every game. You need two elite goalies to compete in this league and to do well. ... You look at Pittsburgh, [Marc-Andre] Fleury gets them to the conference final and [Matt] Murray takes over. There's always those storylines when things happen. I look back at the one year where Scott Darling comes in and I was in Nashville and he pretty much steals the series against us and then Crawford comes and takes over. So you never know. You need two guys. It's such a competitive league and 82 games is a grind."
Hutton said it's important to come away with a victory tonight to cap off the dad's trip.
"They came to watch us play, but at the same time, these points are so valuable and we're pumped to have them here," said Hutton, whose father Jack is here. "We've got to show up tonight for them and have a big performance."
Jack Hutton has been one of the more vocal dads here, telling stories about his son, who hails from Thunder Bay Ontario along with Bortuzzo, and Jack will get some air time tonight on Fox Sports Midwest during the broadcast.
"You might run out of air time," Carter joked. "He'd have a good time with it for sure.
"I think everyone has (had a great time), but I think my dad doesn't hide it how much he's enjoying himself. He lets everyone know he's having a good time. Oscar Bortuzzo and him, they go back when me and Robert played junior together. Last night they were telling stories around the table. I think Robert and I were the only ones that knew because they talked about Thunder Bay so much."
Hutton is good with the quotes when he speaks with the media and was asked if there's some if him in Jack.
"The gift of gab maybe," Carter joked. "I just know when to shut up."
One fan that will -- or won't be watching on TV, depending on who you ask -- is Carter's mom Linda Hutton, who owns her own superstitions when her son mans the crease.
"He's a little more casual. I think he gets a little more worked up, but I think when I'm in, she's always cleaning the house when I'm playing," Carter said of his mom. "I guess when I play a little bit more, the house is always cleaner. She's always got her lucky charms and all that stuff and she thinks that's the thing. For Jake, she gets nervous, too. She builds relationships with the other goalies. I think she feels for us as goalies. She struggles watching for sure.
"She'll watch it live, but if it's like a tight overtime game or something then, she gets a little nervous. Maybe a few more glasses of wine when it's a tight game."
Schwartz has a point in each of his six games against the Sabres (two goals, six assists).
Schenn has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past eight games against the Sabres.
Tarasenko has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in eight games against the Sabres.
The Blues' projected lineup:
Jaden Schwartz-Brayden Schenn-Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka-Paul Stastny-Alexander Steen
Ivan Barbashev-Patrik Berglund-Tage Thompson
Dmitrij Jaskin-Kyle Brodziak-Chris Thorburn
Carl Gunnarsson-Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester-Colton Parayko
Joel Edmundson-Vince Dunn
Carter Hutton will start in goal; Jake Allen will be the backup.
Healthy scratches include Robert Bortuzzo and Scottie Upshall. Zach Sanford (shoulder) is on the trip but is out. Robby Fabbri (knee) is out for the season.
The Sabres' projected lineup:
Evander Kane-Jack Eichel-Kyle Okposo
Scott Wilson-Ryan O'Reilly-Sam Reinhart
Zemgus Girgensons-Evan Rogrigues-Jason Pominville
Jordan Nolan-Jacob Josefson-Benoit Pouliot
Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe-Victor Antipin
Nathan Beaulieu-Casey Nelson
Robin Lehner will start in goal; Chad Johnson will be the backup.
Healthy scratches include Josh Gorges, Justin Falk and Nicholas Baptiste. Johan Larsson serves the first of a two-game suspension tonight. Zach Bogosian (hip) is out.