Philadelphia Flyers at St. Louis Blues Preview & Prediction

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Over their last four games, the Flyers went 3-1-0 as they knocked off the Capitals, Bruins and Blues, while losing to the Lightning. The streak matched the longest in franchise history set from January 26 - February 26, 1991.

Jordan Binnington will be in goal for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.

With the Blues lagging behind 3-1, O'Reilly cut the deficit in half with his ninth half in the third. At 13:39, a wide open Steen took a centering pass from Robert Thomas and beat Elliott from the dead slot. "It'll take him to after the [NHL All-Star] break there and he'll be fine after that".

Justin Faulk, Ryan O'Reilly and Alexander Steen scored as the Blues fell for the first time at home since December 7. Faulk has 21 points in 31 career games against Philadelphia, the most points he has scored against any team.

The win capped a four-game stretch in which the Flyers played three teams who at the time were tied for the National Hockey League points lead (Washington, Boston and St. Louis) and one against Tampa Bay, the reigning President's Trophy victor.

Pitlick tied the game with their fifth goal of the season with 7:17 remaining in the second period.

At 12:43, Pitlick scored on a wraparound attempt that bounced in off David Perron.

Hart had started five of the Flyers' last six games and is 13-2-2 at home, best in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia will need to keep their shots up against Montreal as they average nearly three fewer shots against the goal per game. The team that goes all the way and wins it plays a whole lot more games than most and does not get the benefit of resting over an extended period in the offseason. Michel Therrien's double net-front presence scheme worked to perfection here, as Claude Giroux set up James van Riemsdyk for a attractive, between-the-legs, tip pass to TK, who went ahead on finished off the tic-tac-toe play.

NOTES: The Blues activated D Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) from the injured reserve and placed D Colton Parayko (upper body) on the injured reserve, retroactive to January 2. Both Elliott and Binnington were able to shut down a couple of risky chances the Blues and Flyers created in the opposing zone, combining for 21 saves in the first period alone, with Elliott stopping a majority of them with 13. I can't lie, I was slightly anxious when St. Louis stormed back to knot everything up in the third, but Philadelphia kept their composure and, for the second straight game, beat a very good team in extras.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without their top goaltender for the next few weeks after Carter Hart suffered a lower abdominal strain. Later, the Flyers would have to kill off two additional penalties; a bad stick-slashing call against Nicolas Aube-Kubel and a had-to-call too many men penalty. F Joel Farabee has been loaned to Lehigh Valley and F Chris Stewart has been placed on waivers.



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