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Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 17,162

Blues try to build upon October success vs. Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at St. Louis Blues

  1. The Flyers were blanked, 3-0, in Chicago last night, dropping their second straight tilt, and falling to 1-3-1 in the last five games overall. Philadelphia has been shut out an NHL-high three times in 2017-18.
  2. St. Louis defeated Los Angeles, 4-2, at Scottrade Center on Monday night, winning its fourth straight game, and improving to 6-0-1 in the last seven tilts overall. The Blues are 5-0-0 on home ice this year, allowing two or fewer goals while scoring four or more times in each contest.
  3. The Blues swept the season series from the Flyers in 2016-17, winning both tilts by a combined score of 8-3. Dating to 2008-09, St. Louis is 5-1-0 in its last six games vs. Philadelphia at Scottrade Center.
  4. The Flyers have four different skaters with at least 13 points in 2017-18 --tied with the Lightning for most of any team in hockey. The Blues have three such scorers this season (most of any Western Conference team).
  5. Jaden Schwartz had a goal and a helper Monday night, giving him eight markers and 17 points on the year -- both team highs. Schwartz has been held pointless in three straight skates vs. the Flyers.
  6. Shayne Gostisbehere (13) and Ivan Provorov (8) have combined for 21 points in 2017-18 -- most of any pair of defensive teammates in the league. Alex Pietrangelo (13) and Colton Parayko (5) have 18 combined points this season (tied for fifth most of any pair of blueliners in the NHL).

ST. LOUIS -- The first month of the season could not have gone much better for the St. Louis Blues, but their success comes with a warning from coach Mike Yeo.

It is just the start, Yeo reminded his players, and it won't mean anything months if they don't continue to play well.

The Blues tied a franchise record with 10 wins in October, matching the best starts in team history at 10-2-1. They will open their November schedule on Thursday night by hosting the Philadelphia Flyers

St. Louis, riding a 6-0-1 streak, will try to remain the league's only team that has not lost a home game (5-0-0).

"We're a good team," Yeo said after the Blues' latest win Monday night, 4-2 over the Los Angeles Kings. "This is a competitive group, it's a group that's fun to coach. They respond, they prepare the right way, they take it as a challenge. You go against good hockey teams and they want that challenge. They want that opportunity to go out and win that game.

"We've still got a long, difficult road ahead of us here. We haven't accomplished anything yet except for a good start. That can leave us very quickly. What we have to make sure of now is no complacency sneaks in, that we stay mindful of the things we need to do, and even before that with the preparation to make sure we stay that good team."

The Blues' success has come through solid goaltending, led by Jake Allen, a breakout start for Jaden Schwartz (eight goals, nine assists) and surprising offensive production from their defensemen, who have combined to score 14 goals.

"We're relaxed, have confidence instilled in us right now," Allen said. "I think we're just finding ways to win games. It's fun to watch from my end. Guys are blocking shots, we're doing everything. It's the same stuff we comment on every game. We're just consistently doing it, and I think the more consistent you are, the better chance you're going to win."

One important part of the team's performance has been that the Blues have allowed only four goals combined in the first period of their 13 games, just two in the past nine games. That has allowed them to play with a lead most of the time instead of having to chase games.

"We've just been staying with our game," St. Louis defenseman Carl Gunnarsson said. "We're a confident group, it doesn't matter if it's special teams, five-on-five, we keep playing our game. We've got the confidence that we're going to break the other team down."

While the Blues were enjoying a day off on Wednesday, the Flyers were playing in Chicago. Philadelphia gave up two goals 20 seconds apart in the second period and lost 3-0 to the Blackhawks.

It was the third time in their 13 games the Flyers were shut out, and they fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games.

"I thought we had a really good effort from everybody in the lineup," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after the loss at Chicago. "I really can't find one guy that was below the bar in terms of effort tonight."

The Thursday game will be the first against his former team for Jori Lehtera, traded from the Blues to the Flyers over the summer.

"I'm excited to go there," Lehtera told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "There's a lot of memories from there -- good games, conference finals, a hat trick, playing in my first NHL game. A lot of memories."

Forward Brayden Schenn, who was dealt from Philadelphia to St. Louis in the Lehtera deal, also will oppose his old team on Thursday.

Updated November 2, 2017

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