Dallas – As they try to earn a spot on the Blues roster, forwards Logan Brown and Josh Leveau are developing a quick on-and off-ice chemistry. And at the dinner table.
“I’m actually staying with him now,” said Leveau. “Maybe that’s it. He has a house here (in St. Louis). I think it’s his sister’s house. I’ll stay there for a bit until I’m settled. We have a little chemistry.”
As a token of appreciation for the roof over his head, Lifu cooked dinner on Sunday night.
“I made some steak and potatoes, and then I made him my wife’s own salad,” said Leveau. “It’s a turnip salad, so it was good.”
It’s called the Dinner of Champions, because Leveau scored two goals and provided an assist in Monday’s 4-0 Blues win over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Brown had a goal and an assist.
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In the first half, Leveau helped score Brown’s goal to open the scoring for the night. Brown then returned in the favour, helping to score Levo’s first goal of the night, driving both hits from the left circle.
Brown was not on the ice to net Leveau’s second goal, which came ahead via a pass from defender Marc-Andre Gaudette in the second half.
It was the first preseason game for 16 of the 20 Blues in uniform. Brown and Leefu were among four Blues who played on Saturday in a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes. (The other two recurring actors are Martin Rub and Landon Sim.)
“They need the games,” coach Craig Behrop said of Leveau and Brown specifically. “We have to look at them and see what they can do. This is the best answer I can give you.”
Even before he scored twice against Arizona and once against Dallas, Brown’s place on the opening roster looked pretty secure. But St. Louisan’s early pre-season success could help him secure a place in the third line.
“Brownie did a good job just moving his feet without a disc and getting back into his own zone and getting things in order,” said Birubi. “Leivo was strong on the walls, which is a good thing. You have to be strong on the walls out of your area and I think he did a good job there.”
Leivo is in a different place, in terms of menu. He’s sure there’s nothing left as he tries to make the team.
At the age of 29, he was a veteran of 214 NHL games over the course of nine seasons with Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Carolina. He was among four strikers signed by general manager Doug Armstrong in mid-July in an effort to improve forward depth in the bottom six – especially the fourth line.
Leveau scored 14 career goals in the 2018-2019 season, but then his career path slowed down due to a broken knee. He played for Carolina last season, made only seven appearances for the Hurricanes, and spent most of his time with the AHL-Chicago Wolves.
After 22 goals in 54 regular season games for Wolverhampton, Leveau scored 15 goals and 14 assists in 18 play-offs. The Wolves defeated the Blues’ Springfield Thunderbirds in the Calder Cup Final to win the American Hockey League; Leivo was awarded the Butterfield Trophy as the best player in the playoffs.
So far, he’s started where he left off last June with the Chicago Wolves.
“You never know joining a new team, what it will be like,” said Leveau. “The first game (against Arizona), I felt like I had some chances. Obviously, playing tonight, I got chances and buried them. I would like to finish that in every game. So rest here and whenever I have a chance to play again, do it again.”
When asked what he should do to prepare the roster, Leveau replied: “I think it helps. I know there aren’t many places, so I have to keep going in every game and keep playing the way I played last year. I felt good at the end of the year. I got my confidence back. once again “.
Leivo signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Blues as an unrestricted free agent on July 14 for $750,000.
Leveau, who was selected in the third round by Toronto in 2011, said: “This is a team that wants to win. I think every player coming to a free agency wants to go to a team to win. I know the challenge ahead of us in making the team. You have to make the most of it. In the camp. They have a good chance of going all the way.”
Overall, the Blues looked sharp in all aspects of their game – be it goalkeeping, checking or attacking. In the net, Thomas Grace and Colton Ellis combined to stop 33 shots. Grace, who was a backup to Jordan Bennington, started Monday and held up 10 shots in his one stint.
Few of those ten saves were in difficulty, including a powerful shot from the close hole of Riley Damiani in less than three minutes.
“It hit me in the chest,” Grace said. “And that made my life a little easier.
“This is how you prepare for the real games. You want to see some good opportunities, feel the corners again, get your timing and everything goes.”
Monday’s performance as a confidence builder counted for Ellis, who conceded six goals in 1-periods against Columbus and three in 1-times against Dallas at the NHL Prospect Championship in Traverse City, Michigan, earlier this month. He stopped 23 rounds on Monday.
“He played really well,” said Birubi. “I was very happy for him. He did some big balls.”
The only culprit in the blues was the lower body injury that Frk had suffered. He did not play in the third period.
“We will look at him tomorrow,” Birubi said. “I don’t think it’s very dangerous.”
Will Peten scored the final goal for the Blues in the third half.