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Preview: Blues at Coyotes

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

BLUES AT COYOTES

When: Saturday, April 17 at 5 p.m. CT
Where: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Watch: Bally Sports Midwest Plus - Channel Numbers
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

Season series presented by Scott Credit Union

PROJECTED LINEUP

The St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes will meet for the eighth and final matchup in the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Gila River Arena.

The teams haven't played since Feb. 15 when they completed a set of seven consecutive games due to scheduling quirks related to COVID-19 postponements.

The Blues are 3-3-1 against the Coyotes through seven meetings this season.

Saturday's matchup will carry some weight - the Blues (19-17-6, 44 points) have a one-point edge on the Coyotes (19-20-5, 43 points) in a battle for the final playoff spot in the West Division. The Coyotes have played two more games, though, and have lost five straight entering Saturday's matchup.

 

THE SERIES SO FAR

Feb. 2: Blues 4, Coyotes 3
Justin Faulk scored what could stand as the goal of the year when he danced through the offensive zone and slid the puck five-hole past goalie Darcy Kuemper. Mike Hoffman, Vince Dunn and Ryan O'Reilly also scored and Jordan Binnington made 32 saves to extend the Blues' winning streak for four games.

Feb. 4: Coyotes 4, Blues 3
The Arizona Coyotes had a 3-0 lead before Mike Hoffman finally scored for St. Louis with less than four minutes to go in regulation. The Blues would get another goal from Hoffman and one from Ryan O'Reilly in a late rally, which ultimately fell short. Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta made 40 saves in Arizona's first road win of the season.

Feb. 6: Coyotes 3, Blues 1
Jakob Chychrun scored two goals, Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist and Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves in a 3-1 win for the Arizona Coyotes. It was the first time this season the Blues lost two straight. Robert Thomas scored the Blues' only goal before leaving in the first period with a broken thumb.

Feb. 8: Coyotes 4, Blues 3 (SO)
The Blues were one second away from securing two points at home against the Coyotes, but Chesterfield native Clayton Keller scored the latest game-tying goal in Arizona / Winnipeg history. Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals in regulation, but the Coyotes won their third straight against the Blues.

Feb. 12: Blues 4, Coyotes 1
Justin Faulk scored early in the first period and again in the third to help the Blues snap a three-game losing streak to the Coyotes. Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn added empty-net goals in the game - the first of the season at Gila River Arena.

Feb. 13: Blues 5, Coyotes 4 (OT)
Mike Hoffman scored his first overtime winner as member of the Blues when he beat Antti Raanta 1:49 into overtime to help St. Louis to a 5-4 win. Kyle Clifford, Zach Sanford, Ivan Barbashev and Jordan Kyrou also scored for the Blues, while Ville Husso made 32 saves. The victory evened the season series between the teams at 3-3.

Feb. 15: Coyotes 1, Blues 0
Clayton Keller scored the game's only goal in the second period and Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves to give the Coyotes a 1-0 win against the Blues in the seventh game between the clubs. Jordan Binnington made 18 saves in the game, which wrapped up a set of seven straight between the teams due to COVID-19 schedule maneuvering. It was the first time in NHL history that two teams have played each other seven consecutive times in a regular season.

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