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Blues set for Saturday night matchup vs. Islanders

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Dan O'Neill

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday in a thrilling 3-2 shootout win at Scottrade Center. The Blues got offensive contributions from the defense again, getting goals in regulation from Joel Edmundson and Alex Pietrangelo. Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen sealed the win with goals in a shootout, while Carter Hutton made 27 saves to remain undefeated in his four starts this season.

With the win, the Blues improved to 7-1-0 at Scottrade Center and boosted their franchise-record start to the season with their 13th win in their first 17 contests.

The New York Islanders played last night in Dallas, where they were shutout in a 5-0 loss at American Airlines Center. The loss dropped the Islanders to 8-6-2 on the season, which puts them just outside of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Isles are led by John Tavares and Josh Bailey, who each lead the lead with 18 points.

The Islanders are coached by former Blue Doug Weight, who spent parts of six seasons with the Blues from 2001-08.

"Watching video on them, it's going to be a tough game," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "I think they're feeling really good about their game, and obviously Tavares is playing at a real high level right now."

The Blues have won two straight games against the Islanders, including a 3-2 shootout win in New York on Oct. 9. The Blues have points in nine of their last 10 against New York, going 7-1-2.

HOT VS. THE ISLANDERS

- Vladimir Tarasenko has a four-game point streak against the Islanders (four goals, two assists).

- Alexander Steen has 21 points in 21 career games against the Islanders (7 goals, 14 assists).

- Paul Stastny has eight points in his last eight games (five goals, three assists).

BLUE NOTES

- Tarasenko has a three-game point streak, scoring two goals and four assists. Brayden Schenn also has a three-game point streak, netting one goal and seven assists.

- Vladimir Sobotka will dress in his 400th career NHL game.

- After a shootout win Thursday, Carter Hutton is now 8-0-0 in his last eight starts, posting a 1.96 goals-against average and a .932 save-percentage.

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