LOS ANGELES - Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo isn't concerned that Jaden Schwartz hasn't been lighting the lamp lately.
"Who cares? He's doing so many great things to help us win," Yeo said. "There are so many parts of his game that if you go back and watch the tape, they show up. It's all the little things that winners do. What I really respect is he's gone through a tough goal stretch, but there's no cheat to his game whatsoever. Because of that, he's giving us a chance to win hockey games right now."
While Schwartz has just two goals in his last 22 games - and one of those was an empty-netter - that hasn't stopped him from doing everything else near-perfectly. Schwartz has 10 assists over his last 13 games and has been on the ice for eight of the last nine goals the Blues have scored.
"I'm happy with my game," Schwartz said. "So far this year I think I'm probaby playing my best hockey, as far as confidence-wise and holding onto the puck and making plays and creating chances. And this is the time of year to do it. Obviously pucks aren't going in as much as you'd like, but if you're getting chances and making plays, it's bound to go in."
The Blues will need Schwartz to continue doing what he's doing Monday night in Los Angeles (9 p.m. CT, FSMW, KMOX), where the Blues will battle the Kings, who are three points behind St. Louis for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
"He's a machine with the puck," goalie Carter Hutton said of Schwartz. "He's hard to get off of it. He makes so many smart plays and he makes everyone around him a better player. He's a workhorse for us. He's been invaluable making plays and setting the tone."
Video: Schwartz on top of his game for the Blues
"He always plays great," added Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko. "I know how it feels when you don't score for a long time, but he's trying to fight though it and contribute to us. His effort is unbelievable. Goals aren't coming, but he's playing really good."
In the last four games, Schwartz has five assists. He also ranks second on the team with 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists).