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Game Notes: April 2 vs. Nashville

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues and Predators will clash for fifth and final time in the 2016-17 regular season today at Scottrade Center. Today is a crucial matchup in the race for third place in the Central Division. The Blues and Predators are currently tied with 91 points, however the Blues hold the tiebreaker with 41 regulation + overtime wins as well as a game in-hand. St. Louis has struggled in this season's series, going 1-3-0 thus far. Their lone win came back on Nov. 19 at Scottrade Center, when Kyle Brodziak netted the game-winner for the Blues in a 3-1 final. The Blues have fared well on home ice against the Preds, earning wins in five of their last six. Coming into tonight, the Blues are riding a five-game home point streak overall, as well as a four-game point streak against Central Division competition.

What to Watch

What will the lineup look like? Yesterday, the Blues recalled both defenseman Petteri Lindbohm and forward Kenny Agostino from the Chicago Wolves. With both Carl Gunnarsson and now Robert Bortuzzo battling injuries, Lindbohm may get his first start since Nov. 17. Should Agostino dress, it will be his first game since Feb. 18 and just his second at Scottrade Center. Agostino holds a healthy 16-point lead in AHL scoring, logging 79 points through 63 games in Chicago. Scoring by committee has been a key to the Blues recent success. In March, 14 different Blues scored and 11 of those players scored at least twice. Vladimir Tarasenko led the group with eight March goals, while Patrik Berglund buried five, and Magnus Paajarvi, David Perron, and Jaden Schwartz each had four.

Milestones

David Perron - 2 shy of 500 career PIM
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 7 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 4 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 4 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue / 9 shy of 100 points as a Blue / 9 shy of 400 career points
Magnus Paajarvi - 8 shy of 100 career points
Alex Pietrangelo - 3 shy of 300 career points
Nail Yakupov - 9 shy of 300 career games
Robert Bortuzzo - 9 shy of 100 games as a Blue
Scottie Upshall - 8 shy of 700 career games

Video: Blues/Predators clash for third in Central

Quick Hits
  • The Blues have clinched the 41st postseason berth in franchise history. They are one of four teams (CHI, NYR, PIT) to have qualified in each of the last six seasons.
  • The Blues are riding a season-high eight-game point streak (6-0-2).
  • In March, the Blues ranked first overall in goal differential (+19), goals-against average (1.53), and save percentage (.946).
  • Jordan Schmaltz collected his first career point (assist) on Friday in Colorado
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1987, Doug Gilmour tallied two assists to become the second player in Blues' history to score 100 points in a season. Gilmour, who led the Blues to a 5-3 victory over the Sabres, joined Bernie Federko on the club's 100-point list

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