The Blues and Wild are clashing for the first time since Oct. 13, when the Blues beat the Wild 3-2 in their home opener. St. Louis has won three in-a-row and four of their last five overall against the Wild. Tonight's game marks the first of a five-game home stretch for the Blues and it comes as a welcome segment of the schedule. The Blues have won three straight at home and have points in each of their last nine. Defense has been the key to their success at Scottrade, as the Blues have allowed two or fewer goals in all but one home game this season.
What to Watch
Jake Allen will return to the net at Scottrade Center, where he has been dynamic all season long. Allen ranks fourth overall in home win percentage (6-0-2, .875) while he leads the NHL overall in home goals-against average (1.24) and save percentage (.953). Keep an eye on David Perron as well. Perron has points in each of his last six games (two goals, six assisnts) and is looking to make it seven straight for just the second time in his career.
David Perron - 2 shy of 200 career assists
Jay Bouwmeester - 3 shy of 300 career assists
Vladimir Tarasenko - 4 shy of 100 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 9 shy of 200 career goals
Jori Lehtera - 6 shy of 100 career PIM
Kyle Brodziak - 7 shy of 400 career PIM
- The Blues have points in eight straight home games for the first time since a nine-game stretch from Dec. 29, 2014 - Feb. 3, 2015
- Since losing to Columbus on Nov. 12, the Blues share the NHL lead with a plus-9 even strength goal differential
- St. Louis is 2-1-0 in the first game back from a multiple game road trip this season
- Colton Parayko has seven assists over his last eight games and shares second on the team in that category
- Jaden Schwartz is averaging a point per game over his last nine outings (five goals, four assists)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note
On this day in 1982, Jorgen Pettersson scored twice and added three assists and Joe Mullen had two goals and two assists, as the Blues lost 8-6 to the Sabres, at Buffalo.