The Philadelphia Flyers don’t visit St. Louis very often, but they almost always enjoy their stay.
The Flyers seek to continue their dominance of the Blues and conclude their three-game road trip with consecutive victories as the teams face off Saturday night.
This is the first meeting between these clubs since Feb. 10, 2007, when Philadelphia won 4-3 at home in overtime on a goal by Simon Gagne. That was the fourth straight win for the Flyers over the Blues since a 3-1 home loss on Dec. 7, 2002.
Their dominance in St. Louis is even more impressive. Philadelphia has defeated the Blues five straight times on the road, and has not lost in St. Louis since Feb. 29, 2000. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, the Flyers have outscored the Blues 39-19 while taking eight of nine matchups in the series.
Philadelphia (26-13-9) has scored at least four goals in each of its last four victories over St. Louis, and may be poised to do so again after cruising to a 6-1 win Friday night at Tampa Bay. Jeff Carter scored twice to overtake Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead with 32 goals, and Mike Richards added two goals and an assist.
The production came as a relief to Richards, who’d produced only one goal in his previous 12 games.
“The puck kind of followed me,” he said. “I feel like I was getting the chances before, I just wasn’t getting the results.”
Carter and Richards each had a goal in the Flyers’ win over St. Louis two years ago—the only previous game against the Blues for both players.
Richards has two goals and four assists during a four-game overall point streak.
Philadelphia is seeking its fourth victory in five games overall. The Flyers could use a win here, as they face Eastern Conference-leading Boston in a home-and-home set beginning Wednesday.
The Blues (19-24-4) had earned at least a point in four consecutive games (3-0-1), but got cooled off Thursday night in a 3-1 home loss to Ottawa—the last-place club in the Northeast Division. The game was tied until 1:57 remained in the third period, when the Senators’ Peter Regin beat the Blues’ Chris Mason for his first NHL goal.
“A heartbreaker. I think that was a team we could have beat there,” Mason said. “We played a lot harder in the third period, but it stinks with the result. To let them score with two minutes left kind of leaves a mark.”
Brad Winchester scored his second goal in three games to provide St. Louis with its only offense.
Though the Blues usually struggle as a unit against Philadelphia, Keith Tkachuk has enjoyed individual success. The veteran winger has 15 goals and 27 points in 20 career matchups versus the Flyers, including a goal in each of his last three games against them.