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Preview: Blues vs. Flyers

by Chris Pinkert / Stats by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. FLYERS

When: Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Center
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored Wednesday, but it was Tyler Bozak who scored the most dramatic goal for St. Louis by beating Blackhawks goalie Cam Ward with 38 seconds left in regulation at United Center.

The goal secured a huge point for the Blues, who eventually fell 4-3 in a shootout against the Blackhawks.

"It's a big point," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "We didn't play the way we needed to play but to find a way to get a point, that's big."

With two games left in the regular season, the Blues are just one point behind the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets for the division lead and could still secure home-ice advantage for the first round and perhaps even win the Central Division.

"It wasn't the greatest start, but let's have a good one (Thursday)," Perron said after Wednesday's loss. "I don't know, if we get four points in (our last two games), who knows where that will take us."

FLYERS The Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 6-2 decison to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Oskar Lindblom and Shayne Gostisbehere scored the Flyers, who lost their third straight game and fell to 1-5-0 in the last six games.

Philadelphia has been eliminated from playoff contention.

"It's kind of embarassing to go out and lose 6-2 in this kind of game," a frustrated Lindblom told NHL.com after the game. "We take stupid penalties, get in the box and they score. That's things we can't get rid of."

Claude Giroux has 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in the Flyers' last 19 games. He leads the club in scoring with 82 points (21 goals, 61 assists).

HEAD-TO-HEAD Thursday's game will be the second meeting of the season with the Blues and Flyers. In the first matchup on Jan. 7, Jordan Binnington made his first career NHL start and shutout the Flyers 3-0 at Wells Fargo Center.

The Blues are 5-2-0 in their last seven home games against the Flyers.

Video: Perron, Maroon on last two regular season games

 

HOT VS. PHILADELPHIA

  • Ryan O'Reilly has a seven-game point streak (three goals, seven assists)
  • David Perron has four points in his last five games (two goals, two assists)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has five points in his last six games (one goal, four assists)
  • Alexander Steen has three assists in his last five games

 

BLUE NOTES

Jordan Binnington could set a franchise record for wins by a rookie goaltender with a victory Thursday against the Flyers. Binnington tied the record, set by Jake Allen in 2014-15, with his 22nd win on Monday... The Blues have 46 goals from defensemen this season, which shares first in the League with Carolina. Blues D-men have contributed 12 game-winning goals, which is the best mark in the League... Ryan O'Reilly ranks second in the League in face-off wiins with 1,058 - just two behind Vancouver's Bo Horvat for the lead.

Video: Blues, Flyers meet for final time this season

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