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Blues look to turn page, prepare to face Oilers

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Dan O'Neill

EDMONTON - After several consecutive questions about Monday's loss to the Calgary Flames, Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said it was time to move on.

"I don't want to live in the past right now. Last game's over," Yeo said. "I'd like to start looking ahead here. Let's move on."

Before we do, though, here were some of his observations from that game:

"We're not that far off," he said. "We lost a couple here, and last game wasn't good and it's been slipping a little bit in the last few games. This is going to happen at some point again this year. It's about how we right the ship. It's about getting back to our game and recognizing what we're doing when we're a tough team to play against. It's work ethic… We're an aggressive team. We know what our game is, so let's get to it."

"We weren't sharp anywhere on the ice," added Blues forward Kyle Brodziak. "When we're not connected, it just causes for sloppy, slow hockey. That's not what we're trying to do. We're a fast, aggressive, assertive team. Having a good (off) day (Tuesday) and a good practice (Wednesday) should help."

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Despite consecutive losses, the Blues still hold first place in the competitive Western Conference.

On Thursday night, the Blues will face an Edmonton Oilers team that has been surprising, but not in the best of ways. Many expected the talented Oilers to be among the top teams in the West, but the Oilers stumbled out of the gate and currently sit second-to-last in the conference with a 7-9-2 record (16 points).

But… Edmonton found their game on Tuesday night against Vegas, posting a whopping eight goals on the Golden Knights to take an 8-2 home victory. The Oilers boast one of the most potent offenses in the League with Connor McDavid (22 points), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (14 points) and Leon Draisaitl (14 points) leading the club in scoring.

Video: Yeo discusses facing the Oilers

The Blues had won eight consecutive games against the Oilers, but have gone 0-3-1 in the last four meetings between the teams. In their last eight trips to Edmonton, though, the Blues are 6-2-0 and have outscored the Oilers 30-16 in that span.

The puck drops Thursday at 8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Go or KMOX 1120 AM.

HOT VS. EDMONTON

- Alex Pietrangelo has four assists in his last six games against Edmonton.

- Jaden Schwartz has six points in his last six games against the Oilers (one goal, five assists)

- Vladimir Tarasenko has 12 points in his last 11 games against the Oilers (seven goals, five assists)

Video: Parayko says Blues must tighten up against Oilers

BLUE NOTES

- Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in Monday's loss to the Calgary Flames, recording the 22nd multi-goal game of his career. Tarasenko has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games.

- Brayden Schenn is riding a five-game point streak and recorded two assists on Monday. In those five games, Schenn has two goals and nine assists.

- The Blues have scored first in 11 games this season, recording a record of 8-2-1 in those games.

- Jake Allen's next win will be the 100th of his NHL career.

- Oilers forward Pat Maroon is a native of St. Louis and Oakville High School. Maroon ranks fourth on the club with 12 points this season (five goals, seven assists).

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