Blues at Panthers
The St. Louis Blues vie to win their fifth straight game to begin the season for the first time in franchise history on Thursday when they visit the Florida Panthers. St. Louis, which also won four consecutive contests in 2013-14, had been downright dominant this season and has either led or been tied in all but 1 minute, 54 seconds of action.
Jaden Schwartz extended his point streak to four games (two goals, five assists) after recording his 50th career multi-point performance with a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. "It's early and there are still things that we can get better at, but sitting here 4-0, if you would have told us that before the year, it's hard to say," said the 25-year-old Schwartz, who collected one goal and two assists in a 6-3 win at Florida on April 6. While the Blues will be playing their third game in four days, the Panthers will be competing in their first since last weekend when they split a home-and-home series with Sunshine State rival Tampa Bay. Evgeni Dadonov collected a goal and two assists in those tilts and Jared McCann scored the go-ahead goal in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Lightning.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL.TV, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN Florida
ABOUT THE BLUES (4-0-0): Offseason acquisition Brayden Schenn has picked up where he left off on the power play, scoring against the Rangers to increase his goal total with the man advantage to 29 since the start of the 2015-16 season - the third-most in the NHL in that span. The 26-year-old Schenn, who was acquired from Philadelphia for Jori Lehtera and a pair of draft picks, was tied with Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov and Washington's Alex Ovechkin with an NHL-best 17 power-play goals in 2016-17. St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo is riding an eight-game point streak (four goals, eight assists) dating to last season while Paul Stastny (one goal, four assists) has notched a point in each of the first four contests in 2017-18.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (1-1-0): Florida's new-look offense unleashed a franchise-record 84 shots on goal in the first two games of the season. "We've asked them to empty their tanks and concentrate on the structure and details that we've talked about in the past, and they've done just that," new coach Bob Boughner said. The Panthers are in the midst of a massive overhaul as they saw 29 percent of their offense depart in the offseason, including 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas) and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr (Calgary).
1. Florida C Nick Bjugstad, who scored and set up a goal on Saturday, had two goals and an assist in six career meetings versus St. Louis.
2. The Blues have scored one power-play goal in each game this season, but have also yielded one in three of their four contests.
3. Panthers G Roberto Luongo owns a 16-12-2 career mark versus St. Louis.