The Blues have had a lot of good stories this season — the remarkable performance of Brian Elliott, the renovation work of Ken Hitchcock and the emergence of Alex Pietrangelo to name a few.

Don't forget to add David Perron to the list.

Perron had missed 14 months before he stepped on the ice this season. During the majority of that time, he was unable to do any kind of conditioning work. He did not rejoin the Blues until Dec. 3. But on Wednesday night, Perron scored an unassisted goal to give the Blues a 1-0 lead against Detroit. It was his 20th goal and 41st point in 55 games.

Perron is not likely to win any postseason awards. The NHL doesn't recognize comeback players, per se. But Perron's return, all things considered, deserves such attention. With two games remaining, including Friday's regular season home closer against Phoenix, Perron's numbers projected to 30 goals and 61 points over an entire season.

Those would represent a career highs for Perron, again, on the heels of a year-plus layoff. Perron is insistent about focusing on the team picture as the Blues approach their first postseason action in three seasons, and Friday's 4-1 loss was nothing to crow about. But when pressed, he said reaching the 20-goal plateau had special meaning.

"For sure," he said. "I think even more so after missing that much time and not having much conditioning (work) at all over the time I was out.