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Game Notes: March 27 at Arizona

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues will face the Coyotes in the first half of a home-and-home series tonight at Scottrade Center. Following tonight's game, the Blues will travel to the desert to face the Coyotes for the final time this season on Wednesday. The Blues have dominated this series recently, winning nine straight - including a 3-0 victory at Gila River Arena in their lone clash this season. St. Louis has outscored Arizona 38-12 during their nine-game win streak, including a 13-2 advantage in power-play scoring. At home, it has been much of the same. The Blues have won four straight and have points in seven consecutive games against the Coyotes at Scottrade Center. Overall, the Blues haven't lost in regulation to the Coyotes since April 6, 2012.

What to Watch

St. Louis native Clayton Keller is expected to make his NHL debut with the Coyotes tonight. Keller, the seventh overall selection and one of five first round picks from St. Louis at the 2016 NHL Draft, collected 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) in 31 games during his freshman season at Boston University this year. Keller also captured a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 World Juniors and was named to the tournament's All-Star Team. On the Blues side, Jake Allen has been a wall against the Coyotes in his career, posting a 6-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .962 save-percentage and two shutouts.

Milestones

David Perron - 1 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 2 shy of 500 career PIM
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 7 shy of 100 career assists
Alexander Steen - 4 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jay Bouwmeester - 4 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Magnus Paajarvi - 9 shy of 100 career points
Alex Pietrangelo - 5 shy of 300 career points
Patrik Berglund - 7 shy of 300 career points

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Quick Hits
  • Ivan Barbashev is riding a career-best three-game point streak (one goal, two assists)
  • The Blues have scored a shorthanded goal in back-to-back games and three of their last four overall against Arizona
  • Since Mike Yeo took over, the Blues are first overall in goals-against per game (1.75), even strength goals-against per game (1.42) and goal differential (plus-24)
  • Since the Kevin Shattenkirk trade, the Blues have gone seven for 30 (23.3 percent) on the power play - the ninth-best mark in the league since Feb. 27
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1976, St. Louis' Red Berenson scored his fourth career hat trick and added an assist in the Blues' 6-3 win against the visiting Minnesota North Stars

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