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Bruins in way of Blues' successful road swing

St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins

  1. The Blues and Bruins have won a game apiece against each other in each of the last four seasons. Boston won, 3-1, on home ice last season, but St. Louis has won on eight of its last 10 trips to Boston dating back to January 2002.
  2. St. Louis will play its fourth consecutive road game tonight, having gone 2-0-1 in the first three. The Blues have had a positive SOG differential in 11 consecutive games -- only two teams in the NHL have had longer streaks at any point this season (Hurricanes, 15; Flames, 12).
  3. The Bruins lost to the Flyers, 4-3, yesterday despite leading 2-0 in the first period and outshooting Philadelphia, 42-19. This was Boston's third game this season with an SOG differential of at least +20 -- only four teams in the NHL have done so more times this season.
  4. Peter Cehlarik scored two goals for the Bruins in his first game of the season (and 18th game of his career) yesterday. He is the eighth skater with two goals in his first game of this season -- the others were Palmieri (NJ), Zajac (NJ), Guentzel (Pit), Letang (Pit), Simmonds (Phi), Kuznetsov (Was) and Matthews (Tor).
  5. David Perron scored the lone Blues' goal last time out to extend his NHL-leading active point streak to 12 games. His five assists this month are tied for his most in a month this season, and his four goals in January are one shy of his most in any month (five in October and December).
  6. David Pastrnak scored his NHL-best 13th power-play goal of the season yesterday. Pastrnak's 27 power-play points this season is tied with Nikita Kucherov for most in the NHL. Pastrnak is one of three skaters with at least 10 PP goals and assists this season, joining Mikko Rantanen and Mike Hoffman.

Grinding out points in away games is a necessity for the St. Louis Blues as they try to gain ground in the Western Conference playoff race, and they'll try to end a road trip on a high note when they visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

The Blues are 2-0-1 with one game to go, having beaten Dallas 3-1 on Saturday and Washington 4-1 on Monday. The next night, they lost to the Islanders 2-1 in overtime.

Despite the loss, captain Alex Pietrangelo felt his team did well to salvage a point in a tough environment.

"Those are the ones that we've just got to get points right now. ... Being a road team there, back to back (games), it's a good point," Pietrangelo said. "It's not easy to climb back after you've played the night before, but we've got a good atmosphere in the room right now. We're finding ways to get those points."

A 4-1-1 record in their last six games has lifted the Blues to five points out of third place in the Central Division, and four points out of a Western Conference wild card position.

The Bruins are 6-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. They'll need another quick turnaround in the wake of a 4-3 loss to Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Boston lost despite a 42-19 shot advantage over the Flyers, and a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

Playing in his first game of the season, Bruins winger Peter Cehlarik scored twice against Philadelphia. Cehlarik was called up from the Bruins' AHL affiliate and took the place of veteran David Backes, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in over a decade.

Some line-shuffling could be in order for Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who hinted before the Flyers game that Backes would be back in action against St. Louis. Backes has just 12 points in 38 games this season, and Cassidy said he simply felt a change was required to generate more offense.

Backes is "a real good soldier, a good player for a long time in this league. But honesty I still believe is the best policy," Cassidy said. "We usually judge our lineup on performance first ... and in this particular case, we're looking for a player to go up on that second line and find some consistency, so we're giving another player a chance."

Since Jaroslav Halak got the start on Wednesday, the Bruins will turn to Tuukka Rask in net against St. Louis. Rask is 5-0-1 over his last six starts, with a .943 save percentage and 1.65 GAA in that stretch.

The Blues are likely to again start rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, whose strong play has been a big factor in the team's recent success. Binnington has yet to suffer a regulation loss in four starts this season, and is coming off a 23-save performance against the Islanders.

St. Louis forward David Perron has six goals and nine assists over a career-long 12-game point streak.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 17, 2019

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