Preview: Blues at Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues seemingly can't catch a break, as the former is mired in a season-worst six-game winless skid (0-4-2) while the latter has dropped three of four to reside in the basement of the Western Conference. The Flyers and Blues look to alter their respective fortunes at the other's expense on Monday when the sputtering clubs reconvene at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The Flyers and Blues also let third-period leads go by the boards on Saturday, as Calgary rallied to a 3-2 overtime win in Philadelphia while the New York Islanders scored three times in the session to capture a 4-3 victory. "It's tough because we're playing good hockey," Flyers forward Travis Konecny told reporetrs after snapping a 13-game goal drought. "It just seems like teams are just scoring on the one opportunity that they're getting. It usually doesn't go that way, but that's just the way it's going for us right now." Jake Allen likely can relate, as the 28-year-old allowed four goals on the Islanders' final eight shots as the Blues finished their five-game homestand on a sour note. "I've got to be better than that in the third period for this team. I lost it for them," said Allen, who has started a career high-tying 14 straight games and is 0-3-0 in three meetings with Philadelphia.
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ABOUT THE BLUES (16-19-4): Ryan O'Reilly, who leads the team in goals (16), assists (22) and points (38), scored late in the third period Saturday to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists). Fellow forward David Perron was credited with an assist on that tally, giving the 30-year-old a point in six straight contests (two goals, seven assists). Former Flyer Brayden Schenn dented the scoresheet for the first time in six games with his first goal in 10 contests on Saturday, giving him eight tallies this season after erupting for a career-best 28 in 2017-18.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (15-20-6): Captain Claude Giroux, who leads the team in assists (33) and points (46), looks to rebound against St. Louis after having an eight-game home point streak halted Saturday. The 30-year-old joins Sean Couturier (club-best 15 goals) in having their way versus the Blues in 2017-18, with the former scoring twice and setting up three others while the latter recorded two goals and two assists in a pair of wins. However, Couturier (29 points) and Giroux have each been kept off the scoresheet in four of the last five games overall.
1. Philadelphia rookie G Carter Hart, who will get the nod on Monday, has lost his last four starts (0-3-1) despite yielding 12 goals on 97 shots.
2. Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko, who had two assists versus the Flyers on Jan. 6 in a 6-3 loss, has just three points (two goals, one assist) in his last 14 games.
3. Philadelphia RW Jakub Voracek has recorded just 13 of his 32 points at home this season.
PREDICTION: Blues 3, Flyers 2