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Game Notes: March 18 at Arizona

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues' second-to-last stop on their five-game road trip comes in Arizona on Saturday night. Coming off a 4-1 win over the Sharks on Thursday, the Blues will face the Coyotes for the first time this season. In their last matchup last season, the Blues beat the Coyotes 5-2 on the strength of two goals from Kyle Brodziak. Overall, the Blues have won eight in a row and earned points in 11 straight games in this series (11-0-1). In the desert, St. Louis has come away victorious in seven consecutive trips, outscoring the Coyotes 35-12 overall in those games. The Blues haven't lost in Arizona since March 22, 2011.

What to Watch

The Blues' power play has been potent against the Coyotes in recent years. They have gone 12-for-29 (41.4 percent) over their last eight games overall, while they've managed 11 conversions on 24 attempts (45.8 percent) over their last seven games in Arizona. Coming into tonight, the Blues have gone 2-for-8 on the power play during their current road trip.

Milestones

David Perron - 2 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 6 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 10 shy of 100 assists as a Blue / 8 shy of 600 career points
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 8 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 6 shy of 400 career PIM / 10 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 6 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 3 shy of 200 career games
Magnus Paajarvi - 4 shy of 300 career games
Alex Pietrangelo - 8 shy of 300 career points

Quick Hits
  • Alexander Steen became the 10th player in Blues history to reach 400 points after posting an assist in Thursday's win over the Sharks
  • Jake Allen is 5-0-0 with a 1.20 goals-against average and a .953 save-percentage (one shutout) in his career vs. the Coyotes
  • St. Louis has scored six goals in each of their last three trips to the desert, while eight of those 18 have come on the power play
  • Zach Sanford's goal on Thursday was the third of his career and the second that has proved to be a game winner.
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1996, St. Louis' Wayne Gretzky scored his 1,000th pro hockey goal (including NHL, WHA, regular season and playoffs) in a 3-1 Blues win at Los Angeles. Gretzky joined Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull in the exclusive 1,000 pro goal club.

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