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Blues could sweep Eastern Canada trip tonight

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

MONTREAL - Since Mike Yeo took over as head coach, the Blues have won four of five games and moved from a Wild Card spot to third in the Central Division.

They're scoring goals - 16 in those five games - and aren't giving up many - just one in their last three games.

Vladimir Tarasenko is scoring, recording three goals in his last two games with one of them an overtime game-winner. Jake Allen is stopping pucks, winning three of his last four games and posting a 1.25 goals-against average and .958 save-percentage in the month of February. The penalty kill is 15-for-15 in the last five games, and the Blues lead the League since Jan. 14 with a plus-11 goal differential on the road.

So after a few weeks of up and down play, it appears the Blues are back on track.

"I knew that this team was not far away," Yeo said. "I saw the best games we played with Hitch, so that's why I didn't think we needed to make huge changes. We just kind of needed to re-adjust our mindset and the players have done that. So (we made) a few minor tweaks and I think we're getting there. I keep cautiously saying we're not there yet, so obviously another test (tonight) so that's what we're focused on."

The Blues are a perfect 3-0 on the road trip so far, but tonight face tough competition when they meet the Montreal Canadiens at 6 p.m. (FSMW, KMOX). The Canadiens lead the Atlantic Division with 70 points and are 18-6-4 at home this season. Max Pacioretty leads the club in points with 48 (27 goals, 21 assists) while Alexander Radulov follows close behind with 42.

Video: Blues could sweep trip to Eastern Canada

Tonight, the Blues have an opportunity to sweep their three games in Eastern Canada before heading home for a day or two.

"It's a good starting point for us from where we were a couple weeks ago," Ryan Reaves said of going 3-0 on the road trip. "Getting on the road and having a chance to sweep a road trip like this is a big boost for the morale of this team."

"It's a great opportunity for us to continue to grow," added Blues forward David Perron. "And to show that the way we played in the first five games with Mike, we can keep going with that. This is a huge test. It's a great team over there. They're due for a big night, and we're hoping it's not against us. They were on the road so they'll be excited to come back to their rink and play. We have to have a strong start."

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