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Preview: Blues at Golden Knights

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT GOLDEN KNIGHTS

When: Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

THE MATCHUP

The St. Louis Blues enter Saturday's matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights with hopes of snapping a two-game winless streak.

After winning a season-high eight consecutive games, the Blues have lost two straight in regulation and have been outscored 10-4 in the losses.

"We didn't play a very smart game tonight, that's the bottom line," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. "You have to play good defense against this team and manage things, and we didn't do it. We didn't do it good enough."

In their last game, the Vegas Golden Knights scored four goals in the first period and held on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday. Max Pacioretty scored two goals to help Vegas to their third straight win on a season-long seven-game homestand.

The win moved the Golden Knights (23-15-6) two points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes for first place in the Pacific Divison (52 points).

The Blues and Golden Knights will be meeting for the second time this season. St. Louis won the first meeting 4-2 on Dec. 12 in St. Louis. Overall, the Blues are 5-0-2 against Vegas since they entered the NHL in the 2017-18 season.

Video: Blues take on Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena

 

HOT VS. VEGAS

Ryan O'Reilly has a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists)

Oskar Sundqvist has seven points in six career games (four goals, three assists)

Jaden Schwartz has five points in six career games (one goal, four assists)

Brayden Schenn has five points in seven games (two goals, three assists)

 

BLUE NOTES

Berube will serve as the head coach of the Central Division team at the NHL All-Star Game later this month in St. Louis. Golden Knights' coach Gerard Gallant will coach the Pacific Division... The Blues are the only team in the NHL that have not lost to Vegas in regulation.

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