The Blues have won each of their first three games.

Mike Epstein had 83 yards rushing on just seven carries, including one for 58 yards, for Illinois. …Easley caught a game-high seven passes for 59 yards and a TD for Iowa. …Stanley finished the first half of his first season as the starter with 15 touchdown passes. …Illinois was held to 49 yards rushing in the second half. ….Iowa has won four straight in the series, and its 45 points were the most against the Illini since 1990.

“We have to ask ourselves, `’Was there improvement from the Nebraska game to this one? Yes is the answer,” said Smith, whose team lost to the Huskers 28-6 last week. “You do have to trust the process. We are.”

Lundqvist is expected to start for New York while Carter Hutton, who backed up Jake Allen on Monday, was announced as St. Louis’ starter after the game.

Hutton appeared in 30 games for the Blues in 2016-17, posting a 13-8-2 record with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .913 save-percentage.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and converted in the shootout for St. Louis against the Islanders to begin the New York swing.

“It’s hard not to just sit there and be in awe of (Tarasenko’s) shot,” St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said.

The Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Saturday, and they edged the defending Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime Wednesday on opening night. Allen started Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys each of St. Louis’ first three games, stopping 107 of 115 shots, including 40 on Monday against the Islanders.