ST. LOUIS – After the Buffalo Sabres dealt the Blues their first loss in two weeks, St. Louis will look to get back in the win column as they face off against Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers at Scottrade Center Monday (7pm, NHLN, FS-MW).
The Panthers (27-20-10) are coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Kings on February 18. Florida is currently perfect on their road trip (4-0-0), which will conclude in Monday night’s tilt against the Blues. Florida has 64 points and remain very much in the race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, sitting just a point out of the second wild card.
The Blues (31-23-5) are coming off just their second loss since Mike Yeo took over as head coach on February 1. St. Louis is currently 6-2-0 in their past 8 games, and come into Monday holding the third place position in the Central Division. St. Louis trails second place Chicago by 10 points.
Vincent Trocheck leads the Panthers in points (41) and goals (20) this season, and has at least a point in 5 straight games.
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored the opening goal against Buffalo on February 18, has 28 goals and assists this season for the Blues (56 points), and has 4 points (3 G, 1 A) in the last 5 games overall.
This will be the first of two meetings between the Blues and Panthers this season (April 6).
Both teams have been good on the penalty kill so far in 2016-2017. The Panthers are ranked third in the NHL (85.0%), with the Blues just behind them, ranked fourth (84.6%).