Stastny returns to lineup after missing four games
/ St. Louis Blues
ST. LOUIS - Paul Stastny skated in four consecutive days since suffering a lower-body injury in Toronto, and he feels like he's ready to return to the lineup tonight when the Blues host the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m. (FSMW, KMOX).
Stastny was hurt early in the second period on Feb. 9 after a collision with Maple Leafs forward Nazim Kadri. Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said the injury wasn't serious, but the Blues placed Stastny on injured reserve to make room to recall Wade Megan from the Chicago Wolves.
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.
Goalie makes 37 saves for Buffalo to end St. Louis' winning streak at six
/ NHL.com Correspondent
BUFFALO --Robin Lehner made 37 saves and Evander Kane and Nick Baptiste each had a goal and an assist to help the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at KeyBank Center on Saturday.
Kane gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead with 8:02 left in the second period when he deflected a shot by Zach Bogosian, after a pass by Baptiste, past Blues goalie Jake Allen for his 20th goal of the season, and 19th at even strength.
BUFFALO - The Blues will have Kyle Brodziak back in the lineup today when they meet the Buffalo Sabres at noon.
Brodziak will presumably return to his spot centering the fourth line with Scottie Upshall and Ryan Reaves, while Ivan Barbashev will remain on the Chicago Wolves line between Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi. Everything else will likely stay the same.
The Blues enter today's game riding a five-game road win steak and a six-game streak overall. St. Louis is poised to build on that success as they face a Buffalo team that they have dominated for some time. The Blues' 4-1 win over the Sabres back on Nov. 15 added to their nine-game win streak against them. In that stretch, the Blues have outscored the Sabres 30-9. Going back further, the Blues have lost just twice in their last 21 matchups with the Sabres while allowing two or fewer goals 18 times in that stretch. What's more, the Blues have totaled seven wins over their last eight outings against Eastern Conference competition this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk has three assists, Vladimir Tarasenko scores for St. Louis
/ NHL.com Correspondent
ST. LOUIS --Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored power-play goals in the third period to help the St. Louis Blues get their sixth straight win, 4-3 against the Vancouver Canucks at Scottrade Center on Thursday.
"We came out in the game and we were a little sloppy, to be honest, in the first and second," said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who had three assists. "Once we got back in between the second and third, we really just told ourselves we needed to create momentum more than anything. That's important when you're starting a period on the power play."
The Blues return home for the first time in almost two weeks to face the Vancouver Canucks tonight. St. Louis is coming off yet another road shutout from Carter Hutton as they beat the Red Wings 2-0 last night in their final game at Joe Louis Arena. With that victory, the Blues have won a season-high five games in a row and swept a five-game road trip for the first time in franchise history. Tonight marks the second meeting between the Blues and the Canucks this season. Last time, the Canucks escaped with a 2-1 overtime victory at Rogers Arena. Overall, the Blues have points in four straight games against the Canucks (3-0-1), outscoring them 12-5 in that stretch. The Blues have prospered in quick turn-a-rounds this season, going 6-2-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets.
Carter Hutton gets second straight shutout for Blues
Makes 25 saves against Red Wings, St. Louis wins fifth in row
/ NHL.com Correspondent
DETROIT -- Carter Hutton made 25 saves for his second straight shutout, and the St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to five games with a 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.
Hutton has four shutouts in his past six road starts, dating to a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 14.
"I saw before the game that he had three in his last five, so I told him that four in six would be much more impressive," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "Now I'm going to tell him how great five in seven would look."