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Blues at Lightning preview

Tampa Bay tries for sweep of homestand; St. Louis completes four-game road trip

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (4-1-0) at LIGHTNING (3-1-0)

7 p.m. ET, SUN, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to complete a sweep of their three-game homestand and stay perfect at Amalie Arena when they face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The Blues opened the season winning four consecutive games before a 5-2 loss at the Florida Panthers on Thursday. St. Louis is finishing a four-game road trip and will have played five of its first six games away from Scottrade Center.

The Lightning will celebrate their original 1992-93 team with a pregame ceremony. The players will wear special jerseys during the warmup, and 16 original players will take part in the festivities, as will Terry Crisp, the first coach in franchise history.

 

Players to watch

Blues center Paul Stastny needs one point to get to 600; he would become the 36th active player to reach that milestone. Stastny has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point has seven points (three goals, four assists), tying him for seventh in the NHL in scoring. He's had three multipoint games.

 

They said it

"We want to be quick and we have to be quick tonight. If we have an opportunity, we have to take advantage of it. You can't be quick unless you execute and they are going to challenge us in that regard tonight. They're going to be in our face." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo on controlling the pace of the game.

"He's a really good player, tough to get the puck from. He's very strong on the puck, so we have to make sure that we have him play in his own end as much as we can. But good players are going to find opportunities to get chances to score, so we have to limit it as much as we can. -- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman on trying to stop Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko

 

Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Sammy Blais

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak - Ivan Barbashev

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Chris Thorburn, Wade Megan

Injured: Alexander Steen (hand), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi

Slater Koekkoek

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: J.T. Brown, Gabriel Dumont, Andrej Sustr

Injured: Erik Condra (back)

 

Status report

Blais was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut. "Forward Tage Thompson was sent down to San Antonio. … Paquette went through the morning skate and said he expects to play after missing one game with a lower-body injury.

 

Stat pack

The Lightning and Blues split the season series in 2016-17, but the Blues are 6-1-0 in their past seven games against the Lightning. … The Blues have five players with at least five points through five games, led by Pietrangelo with eight points (two goals, six assists). … Stamkos has scored a point in each of Tampa Bay's four games this season. His next power-play goal will be his 113rd, breaking a tie with Vincent Lecavalier for the Lightning career record.

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