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Game Notes: Feb. 20 vs. Florida

Steen plays in his 800th game tonight vs. Florida

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Tonight marks the Blues' final game before the bye week. After today, the Blues will be off until Feb. 26, when they will visit the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues have won seven of their last eight meetings with the Panthers, including three of the last four at Scottrade Center. The Blues, who are 11-4-1 all-time at home against the Panthers, are riding an epic penalty killing streak in this series. Dating back to March 2003, the Blues have killed 33 consecutive Panther power-play chances, and what's more, they have dispatched 66 of 70 since the Florida franchise was born. Tonight is the first of just four more Eastern Conference dates remaining on the Blues schedule, including this series' finale, on April 6 in Florida.

What to Watch

The Blues may get Paul Stastny back tonight. Stastny has missed the past four games with a lower-body injury. The St. Louis native came out of the All-Star break on fire, posting seven points (three goals, four assists) in six games prior to suffering his setback. Several Blues will hit milestones tonight, including Alexander Steen, who will dress in his 800th career game. Steen will become just the fourth active Swedish international to reach that plateau. Also hitting milestones will be Patrik Berglund, who will tie Bobby Plager (615) for seventh on the club's all-time games played list, and Kevin Shattenkirk, who will tie Roman Polak (424) on the games played register among defensemen.

Milestones

David Perron - 2 shy of 400 games as a Blue / 4 shy of 100 goals as a Blue
Paul Stastny - 2 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Kyle Brodziak - 1 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 8 shy of 100 career assists
Kevin Shattenkirk - 8 shy of 300 career PIM / 1 shy of 200 assists as a Blue
Jori Lehtera - 4 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 1 shy of 800 career games / 6 shy of 400 points as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 2 shy of 300 games as a Blue
Ryan Reaves - 4 shy of 400 games as a Blue
Jaden Schwartz - 6 shy of 200 career points / 5 shy of 300 career games

Quick Hits
  • Vladimir Tarasenko leads all Western Conference skaters with 15 goals against the East this season
  • Among players that have taken 1,000 draws, Paul Stastny ranks seventh with a 55.6 percent faceoff win percentage
  • Since Mike Yeo took over, the Blues have jumped from ninth to sixth in the Western Conference standings
  • With three shutouts this month, the Blues have triple the amount of clean sheets that Florida has posted all season
  • There are eight players on the Blues roster that weren't even born when Florida forward Jaromir Jagr made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1990 (Barbashev, Paajarvi, Schwartz, Jaskin, Tarasenko, Yakupov, Edmundson, Parayko) 
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1999, Blues Assistant Coach Steve Thomas scored at 3:48 of overtime and added an assist as Toronto won 3-2 against the visiting Montreal Canadiens, in the first game played at the Leafs' new home, the Air Canada Centre. It was Thomas ninth career regular season OT Goal

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