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St. Louis trying to win fifth straight game, stay undefeated at home; Neuvirth expected in goal for Philadelphia

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

FLYERS (6-6-1) at BLUES (10-2-1)



The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to stay undefeated at home when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Scottrade Center on Thursday.

At 5-0-0, the Blues are the only team unbeaten at home. They also have won four straight games, are 6-0-1 in their past seven and their 21 points are the most in the Western Conference.

The Flyers, who lost 3-0 at the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, are 1-3-1 in their past five games.


Players to watch

Flyers center Sean Couturier had his four-game point streak ended Wednesday but has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past five games and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 15 points (nine goals, six assists).

Center Brayden Schenn will face the Flyers for the first time since the trade June 23 that sent him to the Blues for center Jori Lehtera and first-round picks in the 2017 and 2018 NHL Draft. Schenn spent six seasons with the Flyers and had 246 points (109 goals, 137 assists) in 424 games.


They said it

"I thought start to finish the guys did a good job, whether it was with the group of six or the last two periods with five." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol on playing the final two periods against the Blackhawks on Wednesday with five defensemen after an injury to Radko Gudas

"Any time a player, whether he gets traded or let go or whatever, there's always those emotions that set in that says, 'Hey, you obviously have something you want to prove.' Obviously you want to have a good game against them." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn on facing the Flyers for the first time since they traded him


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Travis Konecny -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Jordan Weal -- Jori Lehtera -- Dale Weise

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Mark Alt

Brandon Manning -- Will O'Neill

Michal Neuvirth

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Matt Read

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Nolan Patrick (upper body), Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body), Radko Gudas (upper body)


Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Beau Bennett

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Ville Husso

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Chris Thorburn, Carter Hutton

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)


Status report

The Flyers didn't hold a morning skate. Neuvirth could start, and O'Neill could make his NHL debut after Gudas was injured and missed the final two periods against the Blackhawks. ... Husso will back up Allen. Hutton's wife was expected to deliver the couple's first child.


Stat pack

Elliott, who played for the Blues from 2011-16, is their all-time leader in shutouts with 25. ... Schwartz is third in the NHL with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) and was named the NHL Third Star of the month in October.

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