By Harry Allison

The Flyers are hoping against hope that Sean Couturier will return from his knee injury for tonight’s game in St. Louis.

They hold the second wild-card seat in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. The Flyers recently put together a 10-game winning streak that was snapped with a 3-1 loss to Dallas on Dec. 17. Including that game, they are 1-2-1 in their last four, and their victory was a shootout win over Washington.

The Flyers give up the seventh-fewest shots per game in the NHL (28.9) but allows the seventh-most goals per game (2.92).

The Blues are 13-2-4 at Scottrade Center this season, and are expected to get Paul Stastny back in the lineup. He missed the team’s 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay with an upper-body injury. Jake Allen, who left the ice late in that game, also practiced yesterday and should be available, although the team has tabbed backup Carter Hutton for the start.

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