Blues notes: Brodeur to make home debut

ST. LOUIS — Martin Brodeur knows what it is like to play as a visitor against the Blues at Scottrade Center. On Monday night, the veteran goalie will get to experience what it is like as a member of the Blues when he makes his home debut.

“It means a lot, just to see a different home crowd than the one I’m just so accustomed to through the years,” Brodeur told reporters following Monday’s morning skate. “I know by playing here it’s a fun building to play as a visitor so I’m sure as a local it’s going to be pretty cool.”

Brodeur earned his 689th career victory on Saturday against the New York Islanders in relief of starter Jake Allen, who allowed three goals in the first period. Brodeur stopped all but one puck in the remaining two periods as St. Louis rallied for a 6-4 win.

The veteran’s performance against the Isles earned him the start on Monday and he said he’s looking forward to experiencing something new — in the 42-year-old’s 22nd NHL season.

“I think it’s always an advantage to play in your home building,” Brodeur said. “Fans are always a big component and a reason why the team has success in their building. I’ve never played on the other side of another team, so it’ll be interesting to see how it is.”

AILING BLUES

St. Louis will be without some key players on Monday with forward Alexander Steen and defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Carl Gunnarsson out with injuries.

Bouwmeester, who is battling a groin injury, will miss his eighth consecutive game. Steen will miss his second straight game with a lower-body issue.

Gunnarsson is out with concussion-like symptoms after suffering a hit to the head from the Islanders’ Anders Lee in the second period of Saturday’s game.

Defensemen Chris Butler and rookie Petteri Lindbohm will both be in the lineup in place of Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson.

LOUNGO IN NET FOR PANTHERS

Like Brodeur, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will be seeking his second straight victory on Monday night.

Loungo is 9-5-6 this season with a 2.37 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. He is 4-2-4 with a 2.51 GAS and .925 save percentage on the road and is 2-0-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .910 save percentage in three starts so far this month.

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