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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 19,665
Blues roll into Philly on 3-game winning streak
St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers
- The Blues beat the Golden Knights, 2-1, in St. Louis on Thursday, their third consecutive win following a 2-7-0 span. They've allowed just five goals in those three wins, after getting outscored by an average of 2.4-1.3 in the previous nine games.
- The Flyers beat the Islanders, 6-4, at home on Thursday, just their second win in their last six games (2-3-1). The six goals were the second most scored by Philly this year, behind only an 8-2 win over Washington on October 14.
- The Flyers are 5-2-2 against the Blues in the last five seasons, including a 2-0 win in St. Louis earlier this season in November. However, the Blues' two regulation wins came in the two games prior to that. Philly is 7-3 in its last 10 home games against St. Louis.
- Paul Stastny scored the winning goal for the Blues in the third period of Thursday's game. That snapped an 11-game streak without a goal, tied for the fifth longest of his career. Stastny has a pair of 13-game streaks without a goal, both coming in the 2015-16 season.
- Ivan Provorov had a pair of goals and an assist in the win over the Islanders, giving him his third-career three-point game, and his second-career two-goal game. With seven goals in 40 games this year, Provorov has already eclipsed his mark of six in 82 games last season.
- The Flyers have been the best faceoff team in the league this season, winning 52.7 percent of their draws. They've finished in the top six in the league in each of the last two seasons. St. Louis ranks 17th this season at 50.1 percent.
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PHILADELPHIA -- After a lull in which they lost five of six and seven of nine, the St. Louis Blues roll into Philadelphia for a Saturday afternoon showdown having won three in a row, including a hard-earned 2-1 win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.
The Flyers, on the other hand, are struggling to find some kind of consistency, following a 5-1 blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday with an emotionally charged 6-4 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.
The Blues have won three in a row despite scoring just seven goals in those wins, all on home ice. Excluding empty-netters, St. Louis has scored more than two goals just once in the past 13 games but have won six of those games. Backup goaltender Carter Hutton was the star of Thursday night's win with 32 saves.
"We did what we had to do," Blues coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I still think we can get better at our game. I still think when we're at our best we're forcing teams to defend. I think sometimes we let teams off the hook, but for the most part, we played three teams that we knew were going to be very competitive, very fast, very structured, and to find a way to get three wins was impressive."
The Flyers dealt with a cascade of boos in their lopsided loss to the Penguins, but rebounded with a spirited win over the Islanders that featured Gordie Howe hat trick by center Sean Couturier and two goals and an assist by defenseman Ivan Provorov, who was on the ice for four goals against the Penguins.
"The game against Pittsburgh wasn't my best," Provorov told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Those games happen. You have to be able to learn from those and bounce back."
Brian Elliott earned the win for the Flyers while making his 15th straight start. He spent much of his career with the Blues.
"It probably wasn't my best game, but these guys really came out hard," Elliott said. "It was a game we needed to win."
After their game against St. Louis, the Flyers will face the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday before a mandatory bye week that will have them off the ice for four days. The Flyers wanted call-up winger Tyrell Goulbourne in the lineup against the Islanders, but the hard-hitting rookie never made it to Philadelphia due to weather conditions.
"What we're looking for from him is a little bit of energy," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He's got outstanding speed, he's a heavy player, he's got a heavy stick, and he's a good penalty killer."
The Blues have been riding the strong play of Hutto, who has started there in a row while giving Jake Allen an unintended rest.
"I think he's forcing us to put him in," Yeo said of Hutton, who has allowed two or fewer goals in three of his last four starts. "This is about Hutts and the job he's doing, the performance that he's giving us night after night. Right now, he's a competitor and he's winning games."
"It's fun," Hutton said. "It's good to play. You play once every two weeks or three games in a row, it doesn't matter to me. I just try to compete. No matter who's in net, we're going to pull the weight around here."
Blues defenseman Vince Dunn sat out Thursday's game with an illness and is questionable. Chris Thorburn and Oskar Sundqvist were healthy scratches.
Updated January 6, 2018