|(12/10/16) Lehtera had an assist, one hit and a plus-2 rating in 13:16 of ice time in Friday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.|
Lehtera's been back in the lineup for three games after a one-game wake-up call as a healthy scratch. Some players hear the message being sent by the coach and come back with renewed drive, but there's been little sign of Lehtera being driven. Friday's game was his best of the three and the first time he skated on the power play, but a player can fall into points and a positive plus-minus rate while skating on a line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Robby Fabbri. In three games back, Lehtera has yet to direct a shot toward the net and picked up two high-sticking penalties during the first period of Thursday's loss to the Islanders. His line was responsible for two goals Friday, which should be enough to keep the struggling center active Sunday when the Blues play the Wild in Minnesota, but he's not yet at the level where coach Ken Hitchcock wants.