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Calgary at St. Louis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri

The Calgary Flames and their red-hot first line consisting of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm visit the struggling St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The trio has combined for eight goals and 16 points in three games, including three goals and three assists in Tuesday's 3-0 victory at Nashville, as the acquisition of Lindholm in a blockbuster trade with the Carolina Hurricanes during the offseason appears to be working out.

“When you play the minutes that we play and get the opportunities on special teams that we get and stuff like that, it’s our job to produce,” Monahan told reporters. “And if you’re not producing, obviously you’re going to not get that playing time. So I think you put that pressure on yourself to be those guys. Right now, we’re putting the puck in the net so we have to continue to build on that.” St. Louis is coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to Chicago on Saturday and has started the season with two losses for the first time since 2006-07. The Blues have allowed 10 goals in two games with No. 1 goaltender Jake Allen stopping 45 of 55 shots. "We start playing. That's it, right now," Blues coach Mike Yeo told reporters. "Let's quit playing shinny hockey and let's start playing real hockey. It's correctable. It's just a matter of us figuring out how long we want it to take before we decide if we want to be a good team or be a team that plays the game without purpose and as far as doing the little things and things it takes to win hockey games."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Flames, FS Midwest (St. Louis)

ABOUT THE FLAMES (2-1-0): Monahan tied Daymond Langkow's club record of four goals in a season's first three games set in the 2007-08 campaign. Gaudreau has a goal and six assists while Lindholm, who averaged 13.8 goals in his last four seasons with Carolina, has three and one. Mike Smith (2-1-0) recorded his 37th career shutout Tuesday after allowing eight goals on 42 shots in his first two games.

ABOUT THE BLUES (0-1-1): Newly acquired center Ryan O'Reilly leads the team in points with four - all assists - while Vladimir Tarasenko, who averaged 34 goals in his first five full seasons, has a club-most two. Defenseman Joel Edmundson (minus-1, 20:44 average ice time in 2017-18) missed the first two games with a groin injury but is expected to make his season debut Thursday. Coach Mike Yeo also said "there's a very real possibility" that defenseman Jakub Jerabek, who was acquired from Edmonton on Oct. 1 and joined the team Monday after getting his visa in Canada, could play Thursday.

OVERTIME

1. Lindholm has a minus-2 rating while Gaudreau and Monahan are even.

2. O'Reilly has won 33 of 45 faceoffs this season with his 73.3 percent success rate tops among regulars in the circle.

3. Calgary won the season series 2-1 in each of the last two years with the home team winning all three meetings in 2017-18 and the road club prevailing in all three 2016-17 encounters.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Flames 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Calgary 2-1-0-0 W2 1-0-0-0 1-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 2-1-0-0 1-1-0-0
St. Louis 0-1-1-0 L3 0-1-1-0 0-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 0-1-1-0 0-1-1-0
Last Meeting
Calgary St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/20/17 STL 1 CAL 2 33 21 0-4 22 31 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Calgary M. Backlund 1
St. Louis C. Parayko 1
Goals Player  
Calgary M. Frolik 1
St. Louis B. Schenn 1
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Backlund 1
St. Louis C. Parayko 1
Saves Player  
Calgary M. Smith 21
St. Louis C. Hutton 31
Season
Total Points Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 13
St. Louis R. O'Reilly 6
Goals Player  
Calgary S. Monahan 7
St. Louis S. Blais 4
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Tkachuk 10
St. Louis R. O'Reilly 5
Saves Player  
Calgary M. Smith 138
St. Louis J. Allen 91
Quickchart Matchup
Calgary Off vs  St. Louis Def
4 GF
5 GA
33 Shots
27.5 Shots
5 PP
1 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Calgary Def
2.5 GF
3 GA
36 Shots
28.7 Shots
2 PP
2 PK