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Preview: Blues at Lightning

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski


When: Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM, NHL App



BLUES Down 2-0 in the third period, the St. Louis Blues rallied back with goals from Colton Parayko, Ryan O'Reilly and Vince Dunn to mount a 3-2 comeback victory in front of their dads on Tuesday night in Florida.

The win was the Blues' third straight overall.

With their dads on the road, the Blues improved to 6-1.

"Our team has really turned it around," Dunn said after the game. "We're finding ways now. Even when we don't get the starts we want to, we're finding ways to get back into games and most of the time, we're coming back and winning them."

"You're going to be down in games in this League," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said. "You're playing good teams all the time. It's important that you stay with it. It's a 60-minute game and that's what we did tonight."

With the win, the Blues moved to within one point of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. On Jan. 2, the Blues were last in the Western Conference and 11 points out of a playoff spot.

Video: Blues players, dads celebrate comeback win

LIGHTNING The Tampa Lightning got off to a fast start in the regular season and haven't slowed down. Through 53 games, the Lighting sit at No. 1 in the League with 81 points.

The Calgary Flames, who rank second, trail the Lightning by eight points.

Tampa is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games but lost their most recent game on Tuesday to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Lightning had a 2-0 lead on goals from Brayden Point and Mathieu Joseph, but the Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals to earn a 3-2 win in overtime.

"It was a good battle against a good team," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos told "Could have went either way."

The Lightning have three players with 60 points or more: Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 81 points (22 goals, 59 assists), while Point (66 points) and Stamkos (35 points) rank second and third, respectively.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues will meet the Lightning for the first time this season on Thursday night.

In their last 15 games against Tampa Bay, the Blues are 9-5-1.

Vladimir Tarasenko has nine points in 10 career games against the Lightning (seven goals, two assists). Alexander Steen has 12 points in his last 11 games against Tampa (two goals, 10 assists).

Video: Blues wrap up Dad's Trip in Tampa Bay


O'Reilly has points in eight straight games (four goals, seven assists) entering Thursday's matchup with the Lightning. Tarasenko has points in five straight (three goals, four assists) and 14 points in his last 13 games (seven goals, seven assists)… Oskar Sundqvist is on a four-game point streak (three goals, one assist), which is the longest of his career… Jordan Binnington is 7-1-1 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .931 save-percentage in nine career starts… The Blues have outshot opponents in 17 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in franchise history.

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