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GameThread for St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers, Dec 21, 2015

The Blues have a winning streak that needs to stay alive.

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The Central Division, you might've heard it said once or eleventy-billion times, is the toughest in the National Hockey League. For every point you let slip away, someone else will knock you down the standings. The Blues have the Chicago Blackhawks looking to do the knocking - St. Louis' early December stumbles have allowed the Hawks to tie them in points with 44. The Blues have a game in hand, so they're still in second place, six points back from the division-leading Stars.

Two points tonight against the Flyers won't be easy, but the Blues have a not-so-secret weapon: Vladimir Tarasenko and his five game goal streak. In those games, Tarasenko has nine points; two of the games have included two assists to go with his goal. Behind the eight-ball or not, Tarasenko has become the Blues' most dependable player.

With Steve Mason in net, his chances of popping in another goal go up, but the Flyers are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games, and took the Blues down 4-2 a week and a half ago. This won't be an easy one for either team.

This is your GameDay Thread: Comment like you're speculating on how much Stamkos won't come to St. Louis.*

Let's do this. Let's Go Blues.

*the last time I was this confident the Blues wouldn't trade for a player, they wound up with Ryan Miller. Take that for what it's worth.