Blues Vs. Sharks Game Four Preview: Blues Look To Take Series Back To St. Louis With A 3-1 Lead

It's been an eventful series for the Blues after their game one double overtime loss. Taking game two 3-0 and game three 4-3 has solidified a series lead and a chance to heap it on San Jose for a third game in a row. The Sharks, no strangers to huge losing streaks during the regular season, have been having issues converting on the power play and their penalty kill has been worse than it was during the regular season.

The Blues' power play, however, has been humming along at an unbeatable 38.5% pace. They scored three of their goals Monday night on the one-man advantage and have converted five goals on 13 power play chances. Who's responsible for this power play resurgence? Perhaps it's diminutive, speedy forward Andy McDonald. McDonald has been the Blues' best player on the ice, scoring a goal and two assists in the last game, with two goals and four assists in the three games played in the series.

Also playing excellent hockey has been Patrik Berglund. Berglund scored both of the Blues' goals in game one's 3-2 double-overtime loss, and he scored another one Thursday night. Berglund's benefited from playing on a line with playmaker McDonald, and has flipped the same on-switch that he flipped in last year's World Championships.

Brian Elliott is back in net tonight as Jaroslav Halak is not yet ready to return. Puck drop is a late 9:30, so get those pre-game naps in when you can.

For more on this series, stick with SB Nation St. Louis. For more on the St. Louis Blues, visit St. Louis Game Time and for more on the San Jose Sharks, head on over to Fear the Fin. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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