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Game Notes: Nov. 15 at Buffalo

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues
Matchup

The Blues have dominated the series against the Sabres, winning eight in a row and 18 of the last 20 overall. During their eight-game win streak, which is the longest active win streak vs. Buffalo amongst all Western Conference teams, the Blues have outscored the Sabres 26-8. At Scottrade Center, the Blues have beaten the Sabres in eight of their last nine trips, including each of the last four. Overall, the Sabres are looking for their first win against the Blues since Dec. 27, 2009.

What to Watch

Look for the Blues to rekindle their defensive spirit. St. Louis is riding a five-game home point streak and have allowed two or fewer goals in seven of their eight home dates this season. What's more, no matter who mans the blue paint, the Blues are in good shape as Jake Allen and Carter Hutton are a combined 7-0-0 vs. the Sabres in their careers. As for the skaters, Vladimir Tarasenko, who is riding a five-game point streak - the second-longest active point streak in the NHL, is coming off of a career-high tying four-point night and has accumulated six points in five career games against the Sabres.

Milestones
  • David Perron - 5 shy of 200 career assists
  • Jay Bouwmeester - 4 shy of 300 career assists
  • Alexander Steen - 1 shy of 200 career goals / 7 shy of 300 career assists / 9 shy of 500 career points
  • Ryan Reaves - 2 shy of 600 career PIM
  • Vladimir Tarasenko - 6 shy of 100 career PIM
  • Paul Stastny - 10 shy of 200 career goals / 8 shy of 700 career games
  • Colton Parayko - 5 shy of 100 career games
  • Jori Lehtera - 6 shy of 100 career PIM
  • Kyle Brodziak - 9 shy of 100 games as a Blue
Quick Hits
  • The Blues shared second overall with a +6 PP goal differential this season (1. TBL, +9)
  • St. Louis is third overall in shots allowed per game (26.4)
  • The Blues share sixth overall with 58 total PP opportunities (1. WPG, 66)
  • The Blues are riding a five-game home point streak (3-0-2)
  • St. Louis has allowed more than two goals just once at home this season and are 33 for 34 on the PK
  • The Blues are third overall in home goals against/game (1.63) and home PK (97.1%)
  • The Blues have registered the second fewest giveaways overall (82)
50th Anniversary Throwback Note

On this day in 1975, Wayne Merrick scored twice and added three assists in the Blues 9-2 win over the Washington Capitals in St. Louis

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