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Game Notes: March 29 at Arizona

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The Blues are looking for the series sweep tonight as they face the Coyotes for the third and final time this season. St. Louis has been dominant thus far, outscoring the Coyotes 7-1 in their two previous meetings. Alex Pietrangelo has collected the game-winning goal in both meetings this season, helping him reach 12 goals in a single-season for the second time in his career. Overall, the Blues have won 10 straight against the Coyotes and have points in 14 straight (13-0-1). They have collected wins in eight consecutive trips to the desert, with their last loss coming back on March 22, 2011. The only current Blues that were in the lineup the last time the club lost in Arizona are Pietrangelo, Patrik Berglund and Ryan Reaves.

What to Watch

The Blues' top line of Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko combined for 10 points on Monday against the Coyotes. Schwartz has posted 11 points (seven goals, four assists) over his last eight games in this series, while Steen has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his last 10 games and Tarasenko has eight points (four goals, four assists) over his last five games. Blues fans will also want to keep an eye on tonight's matchup between the Kings and Flames in Calgary. Any Kings loss coupled with a Blues win will give the Blues a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

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 - 4 shy of 300 career points

Quick Hits
  • Steen's four-assist night on Monday was the first of its kind by a Blue since T.J. Oshie on Nov. 14, 2013
  • The Blues last regulation loss to the Coyotes came back on April 6, 2012
  • Jake Allen has posted 14 shutouts over the past three seasons, which shares fifth-most overall
  • Since the Kevin Shattenkirk trade, Alex Pietrangelo shares fourth among all defenseman with 11 points (three goals, eight assists)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has become the first Blue to log at least 35 goals in three straight seasons since Brett Hull (1989-94, five seasons)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1990, Adam Oates scored a goal to become the fourth player in St. Blues history to get 100 points in a season. The milestone came in a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh. The victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Blues.

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