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Scouting Report: St. Louis Blues

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The race for first place in the Western Conference's Central Division is neck-and-neck.

The St. Louis Blues, who will visit the Calgary Flames on Monday at 7:00 PM MT, are deadlocked with the Dallas Stars with a 41-20-9 record and 91 points on the year. Needless to say, the Blues want to put some separation between themselves and the Stars as the regular season winds down.

They had a chance to grab sole ownership of top spot in the Central Division on Saturday when they made a stop in Dallas but allowed the Stars to come back and push the game into overtime.

Despite Dallas' momentum heading into the extra frame, it was Alex Pietrangelo who ended things for St. Louis 2:11 into overtime.

The win was the Blues' seventh in their last 10 outings.

"We're getting something out of everyone, I think," Kevin Shattenkirk told StLouisBlues.com. "It's a different game, each guy's stepping up, and I think we're doing a great job of everyone just sticking with it and rolling with the punches. We're playing a great team game right now.

"This is the time of the year when the intensity starts to ramp up and I think we're doing a great job of handling it."

With goaltender Brian Elliott out with a lower body injury, the bulk of the work in net has been taken on by Jake Allen. The 25-year-old has strung together six straight wins and has allowed two or fewer goals in four of those appearances. Expect to see him in net against the Flames.

Monday's game at the Scotiabank Saddledome will be the third and final between the Flames and Blues. St. Louis has taken the first two games of the season series, outscoring Calgary 7-5.

Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues in scoring against the Flames this year with one goal and four points. Mark Giordano leads the Flames with one goal and two points in two contests versus St. Louis.

BREAKING DOWN THE BLUES

Record: 41-20-9

Power Play: 21.6 percent overall (43 goals scored in 199 chances with the man advantage), 22 percent on the road (18 goals scored in 82 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 85.9 percent overall (34 goals allowed in 241 times being short-handed), 85 percent on the road (17 goals allowed in 113 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 2-0-0

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 3-0-0

Notable Injuries: Brian Elliott (lower body), Alexander Steen (upper body), Steve Ott (hamstring)

Who's HOT: Vladimir Tarasenko

In his last five games, Tarasenko has netted four goals and seven points. He's coming off a two-point performance against the Stars on Saturday, in which he scored one goal and had one assist in the 5-4 overtime victory in Dallas.

Tarasenko leads the Blues in scoring this year with 33 goals and 61 points in 68 skates. He is one goal shy of 100 in his NHL career.

Honourable Mention: Kevin Shattenkirk

The 27-year-old defenceman has been productive at both ends of the ice. Shattenkirk is fourth in team scoring with 12 goals and 37 points, has a 51.94 shot attempt percentage, 101 blocked shots, 68 hits, and is averaging 22:29 of ice time per game.

In his last five games, Shattenkirk has two goals and six points. On Saturday, he was named the game's first star for his two-goal performance against the Stars.

Who's NOT: Colton Parayko

The rookie rearguard has 27 points through 67 games this season but has been mired in a dry spell recently. Parayko, St. Louis' third round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, is pointless in his last five games and has just one assist in his last nine appearances.

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