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1995–96 St. Louis Blues
Division 4th Central
Conference 5th Western
1995–96 record 32–34–16
Home record 15–17–9
Road record 17–17–7
Goals for 219
Goals against 248
Team information
General Manager Mike Keenan
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Brett Hull (Oct)
Shayne Corson (Oct-Feb)
Wayne Gretzky (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Shayne Corson (Oct, Feb-Apr)
Brett Hull (Feb-Apr)
Al MacInnis
Arena Kiel Center
Team leaders
Goals Brett Hull (43)
Assists Al MacInnis (44)
Points Brett Hull (83)
Penalties in minutes Shayne Corson (192)
Wins Grant Fuhr (30)
Goals against average Grant Fuhr (2.87)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 St. Louis Blues season was the 39th in franchise history. The Blues moved to a new facility, the Kiel Center, and hired Mike Keenan as coach and general manager. The hard nosed Keenan rubbed many Blues players the wrong way, but brought a tough, winning style of play. One of Keenan's first moves was trading Brendan Shanahan to the Hartford Whalers for Chris Pronger. With Brett Hull in Keenan's dog house, the general manager made a bold move by acquiring Wayne Gretzky for the 1995–96 stretch run, reuniting him with former Oilers such as Glenn Anderson, Charlie Huddy, Craig MacTavish, Grant Fuhr, Igor Kravchuk, Shayne Corson and others. The 'Great One' couldn't do a whole lot during his limited time in St. Louis once goalie Grant Fuhr was hurt in the final game of the regular season. The Blues defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Western Conference Quarter-finals. It would be the last playoff series ever played at Maple Leaf Gardens. In the Western Conference Semi-finals, the Blues played the President's Trophy winners, the Detroit Red Wings.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

Wayne Gretzky trade

On February 27, the St. Louis Blues acquired Wayne Gretzky from the Los Angeles Kings for Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat and draft picks.[1] In 18 regular season games with the Blues, Gretzky notched 21 points as the Blues qualified for the playoffs for the 17th straight season with a record of 32–34–16. He scored 37 points in 31 games for the team in both the regular season and the playoffs, and the Blues came within one overtime game of the Conference finals. He also served as the team's captain in his short tenure with the Blues. despite reuniting with former Edmonton Oilers teammates Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, and Craig Mactivish, who Gretzky has not played with since the 1988 Stanley Cup win, he never clicked with the team or with his new right-winger, “The Golden BrettHull, on the ice as well as many had expected. On July 12, he signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, rejoining longtime Oilers teammate Mark Messier.

Final standings

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 62 13 7 325 181 131
2 3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 28 14 273 220 94
3 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 36 12 247 252 80
4 5 St. Louis Blues 82 32 34 16 219 248 80
5 8 Winnipeg Jets 82 36 40 6 275 291 78
6 12 Dallas Stars 82 26 42 14 227 280 66

Game log

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 7, 1995 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 0–1–0
2 W October 10, 1995 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 1–1–0
3 W October 12, 1995 3–1 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 2–1–0
4 W October 14, 1995 4–1 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 3–1–0
5 L October 17, 1995 4–7 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 3–2–0
6 T October 19, 1995 1–1 OT Dallas Stars (1995–96) 3–2–1
7 L October 21, 1995 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 3–3–1
8 L October 22, 1995 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 3–4–1
9 W October 25, 1995 4–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 4–4–1
10 W October 27, 1995 4–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 5–4–1
11 L October 29, 1995 1–3 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 5–5–1
12 L November 1, 1995 0–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 5–6–1
13 L November 4, 1995 3–7 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 5–7–1
14 L November 7, 1995 0–1 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 5–8–1
15 W November 10, 1995 3–2 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 6–8–1
16 W November 11, 1995 4–1 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 7–8–1
17 T November 14, 1995 1–1 OT New York Rangers (1995–96) 7–8–2
18 W November 16, 1995 3–1 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 8–8–2
19 L November 18, 1995 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 8–9–2
20 L November 21, 1995 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 8–10–2
21 L November 23, 1995 2–3 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 8–11–2
22 T November 25, 1995 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 8–11–3
23 L November 27, 1995 0–2 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 8–12–3
24 W November 29, 1995 5–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 9–12–3
25 W November 30, 1995 4–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 10–12–3
26 W December 2, 1995 7–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 11–12–3
27 T December 5, 1995 1–1 OT @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 11–12–4
28 W December 8, 1995 6–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 12–12–4
29 W December 9, 1995 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 13–12–4
30 L December 12, 1995 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 13–13–4
31 T December 14, 1995 3–3 OT Calgary Flames (1995–96) 13–13–5
32 W December 16, 1995 3–2 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 14–13–5
33 W December 19, 1995 4–1 New York Islanders (1995–96) 15–13–5
34 L December 22, 1995 1–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 15–14–5
35 L December 23, 1995 1–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 15–15–5
36 L December 26, 1995 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 15–16–5
37 W December 28, 1995 4–1 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 16–16–5
38 L December 30, 1995 3–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 16–17–5
39 W January 4, 1996 3–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 17–17–5
40 W January 6, 1996 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 18–17–5
41 L January 9, 1996 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 18–18–5
42 T January 11, 1996 4–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 18–18–6
43 T January 13, 1996 3–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 18–18–7
44 T January 14, 1996 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 18–18–8
45 L January 16, 1996 1–5 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 18–19–8
46 W January 24, 1996 6–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 19–19–8
47 W January 27, 1996 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 20–19–8
48 L January 29, 1996 2–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 20–20–8
49 W January 31, 1996 4–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 21–20–8
50 T February 1, 1996 2–2 OT Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 21–20–9
51 L February 3, 1996 3–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 21–21–9
52 L February 6, 1996 2–5 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 21–22–9
53 L February 8, 1996 1–6 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 21–23–9
54 W February 10, 1996 6–3 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 22–23–9
55 T February 11, 1996 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 22–23–10
56 W February 13, 1996 3–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 23–23–10
57 W February 16, 1996 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 24–23–10
58 W February 18, 1996 3–0 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 25–23–10
59 L February 20, 1996 1–7 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 25–24–10
60 W February 22, 1996 4–3 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 26–24–10
61 T February 24, 1996 2–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 26–24–11
62 T February 29, 1996 2–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 26–24–12
63 W March 3, 1996 4–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 27–24–12
64 W March 5, 1996 2–0 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 28–24–12
65 L March 7, 1996 2–4 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 28–25–12
66 W March 9, 1996 6–3 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 29–25–12
67 L March 12, 1996 2–4 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 29–26–12
68 W March 15, 1996 4–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 30–26–12
69 L March 17, 1996 1–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 30–27–12
70 W March 18, 1996 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 31–27–12
71 L March 20, 1996 1–2 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 31–28–12
72 L March 22, 1996 1–6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 31–29–12
73 T March 24, 1996 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 31–29–13
74 L March 26, 1996 4–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 31–30–13
75 T March 28, 1996 4–4 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 31–30–14
76 L March 31, 1996 1–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 31–31–14
77 W April 3, 1996 6–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 32–31–14
78 L April 4, 1996 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 32–32–14
79 L April 6, 1996 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 32–33–14
80 T April 8, 1996 2–2 OT Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 32–33–15
81 L April 11, 1996 2–3 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 32–34–15
82 T April 14, 1996 2–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 32–34–16

Playoffs

In the playoffs Gretzky would provide a spark as the Blues overcame an injury to goalie Grant Fuhr in Game 1 to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in 6 games. Backup goalie Jon Casey continued to keep the Blues hopes alive as they jumped out to a 3–2 series lead against the Detroit Red Wings. However, the Wings would rally and win the series in double overtime in Game 7 on Steve Yzerman's goal.

Player stats

Regular season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 70 43 40 83 30 4 16 5 6
MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis D 82 17 44 61 88 5 9 1 1
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 77 18 28 46 192 3 13 0 0
Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk C 66 13 28 41 22 5 5 0 1
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 69 24 16 40 101 -9 7 1 1
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 81 13 22 35 84 2 3 1 6
Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger D 78 7 18 25 110 -18 3 1 1
Creighton, AdamAdam Creighton C 61 11 10 21 78 0 2 0 3
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 18 8 13 21 2 -6 1 1 1
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 57 8 13 21 12 -2 2 0 1
Matteau, StephaneStephane Matteau LW 46 7 13 20 65 -4 3 0 2
Johnson, CraigCraig Johnson LW 49 8 7 15 30 -4 1 0 0
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 32 3 12 15 26 7 0 0 0
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 40 3 12 15 24 -6 0 0 1
Norton, JeffJeff Norton D 36 4 7 11 26 4 0 0 1
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 82 2 9 11 190 3 0 0 0
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 27 6 4 10 54 4 1 0 1
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 26 2 8 10 14 -6 2 0 0
Laperriere, IanIan Laperriere RW 33 3 6 9 87 -4 1 0 1
Roberts, DavidDavid Roberts LW 28 1 6 7 12 -7 1 0 1
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 14 2 4 6 22 -3 0 0 0
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 51 3 2 5 100 -1 0 0 1
Vopat, RomanRoman Vopat C 25 2 3 5 48 -8 1 0 1
Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW 11 1 4 5 18 1 0 1 0
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson RW 15 2 2 4 6 -11 2 0 0
Daigneault, J.J.J.J. Daigneault D 37 1 3 4 24 -6 0 0 0
Chasse, DenisDenis Chasse RW 42 3 0 3 108 -9 1 0 1
Tardif, PatricePatrice Tardif C 23 3 0 3 12 -2 0 0 1
Wells, JayJay Wells D 76 0 3 3 67 -8 0 0 0
McRae, BasilBasil McRae LW 18 1 1 2 40 -5 0 0 0
Broten, PaulPaul Broten RW 17 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Eakins, DallasDallas Eakins D 16 0 1 1 34 -2 0 0 0
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 79 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 17 0 1 1 8 -1 0 0 0
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 7 0 1 1 0 -5 0 0 0
MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C 13 0 1 1 8 -6 0 0 0
Casey, JonJon Casey G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dufresne, DonaldDonald Dufresne D 3 0 0 0 4 -2 0 0 0
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 12 0 0 0 6 -7 0 0 0
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Knipscheer, FredFred Knipscheer C 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Racine, BruceBruce Racine G 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Rivers, JamieJamie Rivers D 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Sawyer, KevinKevin Sawyer LW 6 0 0 0 23 -2 0 0 0
Sutton, KenKen Sutton D 6 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Vasilevski, AlexanderAlexander Vasilevski RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 4365 79 30 28 16 209 2.87 3 2157 1948 .903
Casey, JonJon Casey 395 9 2 3 0 25 3.80 0 180 155 .861
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 8 1 0 0 0 1 7.50 0 5 4 .800
Racine, BruceBruce Racine 230 11 0 3 0 12 3.13 0 101 89 .881
Team: 4998 82 32 34 16 247 2.97 3 2443 2196 .899

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 13 2 14 16 0 2 1 0 1
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 13 8 6 14 22 -1 6 1 1
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 13 6 5 11 10 2 2 1 1
MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis D 13 3 4 7 20 2 1 0 0
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 10 1 5 6 4 0 0 0 1
Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger D 13 1 5 6 16 0 0 0 0
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 13 4 1 5 10 -5 0 0 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 11 3 2 5 10 4 1 0 1
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson RW 11 1 4 5 6 5 0 0 1
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 10 3 0 3 2 4 0 1 0
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 13 0 3 3 14 2 0 0 0
Creighton, AdamAdam Creighton C 13 1 1 2 8 -4 0 0 0
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 6 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 1
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 10 1 1 2 16 0 0 0 0
Casey, JonJon Casey G 12 0 2 2 8 0 0 0 0
MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C 13 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Matteau, StephaneStephane Matteau LW 11 0 2 2 8 -2 0 0 0
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 13 1 0 1 20 4 0 1 0
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 13 1 0 1 8 1 0 0 0
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 2 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0
Wells, JayJay Wells D 12 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McRae, BasilBasil McRae LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 2 0 0 0 14 1 0 0 0
Racine, BruceBruce Racine G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sutton, KenKen Sutton D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Casey, JonJon Casey 747 12 6 6 36 2.89 1 378 342 .905
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 69 2 1 0 1 0.87 0 45 44 .978
Racine, BruceBruce Racine 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
Team: 817 13 7 6 37 2.72 1 423 386 .913

[2]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Roster

Center

Right Wing

Left Wing

Defense

Goalie

Transactions

  • July 28, 1995 - Doug Lidster was traded by the St. Louis Blues to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jay Wells.

Draft picks

The 1995 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Edmonton Coliseum in Edmonton, Canada. The drafting order was now set partially by a lottery system whereby teams would not be guaranteed first pick if they finished last.

Round Pick Name Nationality College/junior/club team
2 49. Jochen Hecht (LW)  Germany Mannheim Eagles (DEL)

See also

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