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Preview: Blues at Coyotes

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT COYOTES

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES Eight straight wins.

The reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues are the hottest team in the NHL and have a new season-best winning streak after topping their previous mark (seven games) that was set from Oct. 27 - Nov. 9. The franchise record, set in 2018-19, is 11 games.

"We're just finding different ways to win," said Jaden Schwartz, who has points in seven consecutive games (four goals, seven assists). "Our special teams has been good. I think we're just aggressive. You look at our forwards backchecking, our D have such tight gaps. We're just frustrating other teams and making it hard on their top players and we're spending some time in the O-zone and kind of wearing teams down. We're playing tight, aggressive and together, and it looks pretty quick and fast that way."

"I thought it was a good game," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of Saturday's 4-1 win against the division rival Winnipeg Jets. "We did a lot of good things out there. We were pretty solid all around."

COYOTES The Arizona Coyotes made a big splash in mid-December, acquiring Taylor Hall from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forwards Nicholas Merkley, Nate Schnarr, defenseman Kevin Bahl, a conditional first-round pick in 2020 and a conditional third-round pick in 2021.

Since joining the Coyotes, Hall has contributed two goals and two assists in six games.

Arizona lost four of its last five games entering Tuesday's matchup with the Blues. They have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season and are 8-10-1 this season at Gila River Arena.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues are 1-1-1 in their last three games against Arizona and lost the first matchup of the season 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 12 at Enterprise Center.

The Blues are 10-2-0 in their last 12 games in Arizona.

Video: Vitale, Kelly preview Blues / Coyotes

 

HOT VS. ARIZONA

- Jaden Schwartz has points in three straight games (two goals, one assist)

- Ryan O'Reilly has eight points in his last seven games (one goal, seven assists)

- Brayden Schenn has nine points in his last 10 games (two goals, seven assists)

- Alex Pietrangelo has eight points in his last 10 games (three goals, five assists).

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues have recorded 56 wins and 123 points in 2019 are the best in the League in the 2019 calendar year. With a win Tuesday against the Coyotes, the Blues will set a new franchise record for the most wins in a calendar year with 57... Jordan Binnington has posted 59 wins (regular season and postseason) in the 2019 calendar year, which is tied for the second most wins by a goaltender in a single year in NHL history. Only Marc-Andre Fleury had more (62, 2009)... Justin Faulk is expected to play in his 600th career NHL game Tuesday... David Perron has points in six straight games (four goals, six assists)... Binnington has won six straight starts and has a 2.15 goals-against average and a .921 save-percentage in that span.

Video: Blues, Coyotes meet on New Year's Eve

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