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Blues can set team record for consecutive home wins on Wednesday

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

BLUES VS. FLYERS

When: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES The St. Louis Blues recorded their ninth consecutive win at home with a 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, matching a franchise record for consecutive home wins that has stood since Jan. 26 - Feb. 26, 1991.

With a win on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Blues would set a new team record with 10 straight home wins.

"We have a good time playing here," Blues goalie Jordan Binnington said of playing at Enterprise Center. "The fans are electric, the atmosphere is great, (you have) Towel Guy going. We have fun playing at home… As players, speaking for myself, I appreciate loud rinks where the fans are involved and engaged and entertained. We want to put on a good show. That's the fun part for me."

"I think our crowd has gotten better and better," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube added. "It's a loud building, they're into it. Our style of play has changed here at home and we're a better home team now because of that. I think we play a more north / south game here at home now. I think last year we got too cute at times, not playing our style of hockey. But now I think we do. We're dialed in that way where we play pretty much the same way (here that) we do on the road."

The Blues are 17-4-3 (37 points) at Enterprise Center this season. Their 17 wins at home ranks first overall in the League and their 2.21 goals-against average per game at home is third best in the NHL.

Video: Kerber, Vitale preview game vs. Flyers

FLYERS The Philadelphia Flyers trailed 5-2 midway through the second period on Thursday night against the Boston Bruins but overcame the deficit to win 6-5 in a shootout at Wells Fargo Center. Defenseman Travis Sanheim scored two goals and Travis Konecny scored the only goal in a shootout, which ended when Bruins' forward Brad Marchand overskated the puck during his shootout attempt at center ice.

The Flyers could be considered one of the League's surprises this season. After finishing last season in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division and out of the playoff picture, Philadelphia now finds itself in the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with a 24-16-6 record (54 points).

The Flyers have been dominant at home, where they have gone 15-3-4, but have struggled a bit on the road, going 9-13-2 away from Wells Fargo Center.

Former Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo joined the Flyers as an assistant coach in the offseason and will be making his first trip back to St. Louis since being replaced behind the bench by Craig Berube.

"It's unfortunate what happened, but that's the business," Berube said of Yeo being relieved of his duties with St. Louis last November. "There are always things that happen like that in this business. He's back coaching again in Philly and they're doing OK, so it's good to see him back… We kept in touch, so that was good."

Konecny and Sean Couturier lead the Flyers with 39 points each. Goalie Carter Hart has gotten the majority of the starts in goal and is 15-11-3 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .905 save-percentage. Former Blue Brian Elliott has started 21 games for the Flyers and is 9-5-3 with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .896 save-percentage.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Wednesday's game is the first of two meetings between the Blues and Flyers this season. The Blues swept the season series between the clubs last season, going 2-0-0 and outscoring Philadelphia 10-3 in those games.

Binnington made his first career start - a 25-save shutout - on Jan. 7, 2019 in Philadelphia last season.

The Blues are 6-2-0 in their last eight games against the Flyers at Enterprise Center.

Video: Blues close out homestand with Flyers


BLUE NOTES

Ryan O'Reilly has an eight-game point streak against the Flyers, posting four goals and seven assists (11 points) in that span… The Blues are 4-0-0 on their season-long five-game homestead and have never swept a homestand of at least five games in their franchise history… The Blues' power play ranks fourth in the NHL at 25.7 percent… St. Louis is 21-0-5 when scoring first this season and is the only team in the League without a regulation loss in that scenario… Jake Allen (281) passed Curtis Joseph (280) in games played by a Blues goaltender on Monday night and now ranks second overall, trailing only Mike Liut (347). 

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