The Thrashers go for their fourth straight victory and first in St. Louis on Sunday when they visit the Blues for the first time since 2002.
Atlanta (17-17-1) is 2-0 with a tie in its last three meetings - all at home - with St. Louis, including a 2-0 win on Jan. 13, 2006. The Thrashers have lost all three of their visits to St. Louis by an 11-1 margin since entering the NHL in 1999-2000.
Atlanta has been shut out its last two trips to St. Louis, including 4-0 on Dec. 14, 2002 in its most recent visit.
Slava Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk are two of the current Thrashers who played in their last visit to St. Louis. Kozlov had a goal in regulation and added the shootout winner in Atlanta’s 3-2 home win over Montreal on Saturday.
It was the Thrashers’ third straight victory after losing four in a row.
“I thought we started out a little slower than in the other two, but as the game wore on, it got better,” Atlanta coach Don Waddell said Saturday.
Kozlov has two goals in his last three games, while Kovalchuk - the league’s leader with 28 goals - looks to bounce back after failing to score Saturday for the first time in four games.
Kovalchuk had a goal in the Thrashers’ last meeting with St. Louis giving him three with an assist in four career contests versus the Blues.
Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves Saturday and improved to 5-2-0 since missing 16 games with a groin injury. He made 37 saves to record the shutout in the Thrashers’ 2006 win over St. Louis, his only appearance versus the Blues.
While the Thrashers look to extend their winning streak, they also will try to avoid a fourth straight road loss. The Blues (18-12-2) are 11-5-1 at home and return to the Scottrade Center after winning 4-1 at Boston on Saturday.
Brad Boyes scored his 21st goal Saturday during his first game in Boston. The Bruins traded him to St. Louis at the deadline last season.
“It was great to see him get that goal,” said Blues goaltender Manny Legace, who made 24 saves for his second straight win. “It’s just been a great trade for us.”
Boyes has 12 goals in his last 17 games and looks to score in his fourth straight contest. Boyes also has recorded 14 goals at home.
He had two goals in three games versus Atlanta while with Boston last season.
Keith Tkachuk had an empty-net goal and two assists Saturday for the Blues, who have won two in a row after losing four straight.
Though Legace hasn’t faced Atlanta since 2002 when he was with Detroit, he’s 2-0-0 with a shutout and a 0.50 goals-against average versus the Thrashers.