The Blues had high expectations going into Friday’s game against Florida, but no one in the locker room was suggesting that a rematch with the Panthers would bear a result similar to their first meeting Oct. 5.

The difference on the scoreboard in the Blues’ 4-0 win Friday over Florida wasn’t quite the same as the lopsided affair between the teams in the second game of the season, but it’s quite evident the team has the Panthers’ number.

That number is now 11-0 in two victories over the Eastern Conference club this season, including a 7-0 shellacking last month at Scottrade Center.

“They’re a team that we had some success against,” Blues forward Chris Stewart said. “We were knew that they had been waiting for us all week…they had been preparing for us. Anytime you beat a team 7-0, you know they’re going to come out ready to play and we had to match their intensity. Once we got rolling, we showed what we can do.”

The Blues feast of Florida Friday included more nibbling by Stewert and Alexander Steen. Stewart posted his first goal of the year, and with an assist, he has now registered all four of his points in 2013-14 against Florida. Steen, who scored in the first meeting against the Panthers, netted his NHL-leading 12th goal of the season in the win.

Brian Elliot, while making on his second start of the season, made 31 saves for the shutout.

The Blues may have wanted to spend another game or two at the BB&T Center, but after improving their record to 8-1-2 this season, they were heading to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning tonight at 6.

Following the sunrise in Sunrise on Friday, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock stressed that the Blues would encounter a different Florida team than the one that visited St. Louis. The Panthers were just 2-6-2 since leaving town, but since then had added Nick Bjugstad, who missed the earlier meeting with a concussion, and left winger Sean Bergenheim, who was out with a sports hernia.