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Blues at Panthers preview

St. Louis looks to remain perfect; Luongo can tie for fourth on NHL wins list

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (4-0-0) at PANTHERS (1-1-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues are looking to start a season 5-0-0 for the first time when they play the third game of a four-game road trip against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.

The Blues, whose only previous 4-0-0 start was in 2013-14, are looking for their fourth road win of the season.

The Panthers are playing their first game in five days after starting the season with a home-and-home set against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have eight goals from eight players this season.

 

Players to watch

Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz has seven points during a four-game point streak (two goals, five assists), including three multipoint games.

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo can tie Curtis Joseph for fourth on the all-time NHL wins list. Luongo leads active goalies in wins (473), games played (967) and shutouts (73).

 

They said it

"I'm excited about the opportunity and hopefully proud after the game. It's something we talked about obviously. This is going to be a hard game. ... Getting that fifth one is going to be tough, but it's something we all want." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo on the possibility of a 5-0-0 start

"We've watched St. Louis a lot in the last three days. They're a real structured team. I said to the guys, 'You've got to take what they give. You've got to be prepared to put pucks in places, put pucks behind them, support off checks,' those kinds of things. It'll be sort of a territorial kind of game tonight." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner 

 

Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Ivan Barbashev

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Tage Thompson, Wade Megan

Injured: Alexander Steen (hand), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Zach Sanford (shoulder), Robby Fabbri (knee), Patrik Berglund (shoulder)

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Jamie McGinn -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata

Connor Brickley -- Jared McCann -- Nick Bjugstad

Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen -- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Denis Malgin, Owen Tippett, MacKenzie Weegar

Injured: None

 

Status report

Jaskin, who was scratched from a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday after being late to a team meeting, will replace Thompson, the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. ... The Panthers held an optional morning skate and will not make any lineup changes. … Tippett, the No. 10 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game.

 

Stat pack

Along with Schwartz, Pietrangelo (two goals, four assists) and Stastny (one goal, four assists) each has a four-game point streak. ... Vrbata has 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 43 games against St. Louis.

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