Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Like Blues as a Whole, Schenn Started Slow but Finished Strong

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Like Blues as a Whole, Schenn Started Slow but Finished Strong

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One of several Blues to start slowly this season, Brayden Schenn couldn't match his production totals from his NHL All-Star season of 2017-18 -- a year he established career highs for goals (28), assists (42) and points (70).

But mirroring the team as a whole, Schenn was among several Blues to finish strongly this season. His resurgence came after being moved from center to left wing in late January.

"We made that switch in Anaheim," interim coach Craig Berube said. "He went on a wing with that line and they've been tremendous."

Since joining Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko on the first line Jan. 23 against the Ducks, Schenn has been a point-a-game player with eight goals and 20 assists in 28 games. He also was plus-14 over those games.

Schenn is on record saying that he'd prefer to play center, but he certainly made it happen on left wing.

"He's played wing before," Berube said. "I had him in Philly, I had him on wing. He's a good power forward. He bangs, gets in there. Goes to the net. He's had a real good second half."

Schenn finished with 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points. Five of the goals were game-winners.

Missing 10 games over two stretches because of injury, it marked the first time in four seasons Schenn didn't reach 20 goals. But his assist total was the second-highest of his career and his overall point total tied for third-best in a career that has touched all or parts of 10 seasons.

TARASENKO'S CONFIDENCE

With his 33rd goal of the season Saturday against Vancouver, Tarasenko finished with 21 goals over his last 35 games of the regular season. Over that stretch only Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl (27) and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos (22) had more goals in the NHL.

So yes, it was some second half of the season, especially considering Tarasenko's closing streak was interrupted for five games with what was believed to be an elbow injury. …

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