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Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues looking for some more home-cooking before taking a break.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues The Blues will seek to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. After that, St. Louis embarks on its week-long league-mandated bye week Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

Scottrade Center has been kind to the Blues, who have won three straight and four of their last five games on their home ice. St. Louis has given up only seven goals during that stretch.

The Blues recently got good news on the injury front as forward Jaden Schwartz is no longer on crutches or a walking boot. Schwartz was placed on IR after taking a puck off of his foot Dec. 9 at Detroit. Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

It doesn’t mean a return is close, but according to Blues coach Mike Yeo it does mean he’s on schedule. The team said Schwartz will be re-evaluated in six weeks at the time of the injury.

“So certainly, you’re not gonna put him in a bad spot and try to rush him back too quickly, but obviously we’re very eager to get him back,” Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Schwartz was playing at an elite level when he got hurt, scoring 14 goals with 21 assists in 30 games Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

Without Schwartz, the Blues and their offense have struggled. St. Louis has a 6-8-1 record without him and this weekend’s games at Philadelphia and Washington, both losses, was the first time the Blues scored three goals in regulation in back-to-back games without him.

Schwartz’s linemate, Vladimir Tarasenko, has busted out of his scoring slump. Tarasenko, the Blues’ second-leading scorer with 42 points, has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games.

Yeo told the Post-Dispatch that the strong play of Ivan Barbashev has helped Tarasenko.

“Really happy with his game,” Yeo said of Tarasenko. “He seems to have not only elevated his Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues game but the way that Barby’s playing right now I think Vlady has a lot to do with that, too.

“He’s helping his confidence out, talking to him lots. And so that’s a good sign for us.”

The Panthers beat the Blues 5-2 at Florida on Oct. 12. St. Louis is 8-3-0 in their last 11 games against Florida.

The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss at Columbus on Sunday night. The shootout went eight rounds.

It was Florida’s third straight loss.

“It was a good point,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner told NHL.com. “It was a hard-fought point against a real good hockey club. Both teams had good goaltending. We’ve just got to take this and move on.”

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues James Reimer made 46 saves against Columbus in his 14th consecutive start.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov said he believes the wins will start coming as long as the effort is there.

“We’re playing good hockey, but we’re not getting two points,” Barkov told NHL.com. “That’s the biggest thing right now. We need to find a way to get those two points. No matter how we play, we just need to find a way.”

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Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues game between two teams currently on losing streaks, the Florida Panthers and the St. Louis Blues take the ice at the Scottrade Center in an East-West tilt. The action gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, and you can catch the game live on Fox Sports Midwest.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues Odds

St. Louis (-160) is currently favored over Florida (+140), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-130 money on the under, +110 on the over).

St. Louis is 26-19 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 2.5 units this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Central Division in this young season, hasn’t moved much from the 46-36 record the team posted during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of the team’s 45 regular season matches, 27 have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 15-8 SU at home this year.

The Blues have converted on just 15.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.

The Blues, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five contests. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

Sporting a .911 save percentage and 25.9 saves per game, Jake Allen (18-16-2) has been the best option in goal for St. Louis this season. If the Blue Notes choose to give him the evening off, however, St. Louis may turn to Carter Hutton (9-6-6 record, .941 save percentage, 1.81 goals against average).

The Blue Notes will continue relying on offensive production out of Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko. Schenn (43 points) has tallied 17 goals and 26 assists and has recorded multiple points 10 times this year. Tarasenko has 18 goals and 24 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 26 games.

Over on the other bench, Florida is 17-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 41 regular season matches, 21 of its games have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and none have pushed. As the road team, the Panthers are 7-15 SU so far Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

The Panthers have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Florida’s players have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues James Reimer (28.6 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Florida. Reimer owns an 11-17-5 record, and has registered a .912 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average this year.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues For the visiting Panthers, the offense will be coordinated by Jonathan Huberdeau (15 goals, 25 assists) and Vincent Trocheck (15 goals, 22 assists).

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