Blues forward Chris Stewart sat out of the team’s morning skate at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms and stayed at the team hotel to rest. Stewart played last night and assisted on both Brendan Morrow goals as the Blues beat the Sabres 4-1.

The Blues also got a power-play goal from Vladimir Tarasenko, and Magnus Paajarvi scored his first goal with the Blues who are off to their best start in franchise history after 20 games with a 14-3-3 record.  Jaroslav Halak bounced back after allowing three goals on six shots and being pulled in the first period against the Capitals on Sunday. Halak stopped 23 shots in earning his 11th win.

The Blues run over the Sabres and Eastern Conference is impressive. The Blues are 13-2-0 against the Sabres dating back to 1999, including 8-1-0 in Buffalo. They also improved to 31-9-5 against teams from the Eastern Conference since the 2010-11 season, the best inter-conference record in the NHL.