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Preview: Blues at Kings

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT KINGS

When: Monday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES The St. Louis Blues will carry a five-game winning streak into Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, their final game before a three-day break for the holidays.

In the last game, captain Alex Pietrangelo broke a 2-2 tie in the third period and added an empty-net goal to help the Blues to a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks.

"They definitely know how to win," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of his team after the game. "It's character and leadership. That's a big part of it, for sure."

With Saturday's win, the Blues moved past the Boston Bruins for second overall in the NHL as of Sunday afternoon. Only the Washington Capitals (57) have more points than the Blues (52).

KINGS Adrian Kempe and Dustin Brown scored and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves, but the Los Angeles Kings fell to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Saturday in the final game of a six-game road trip for LA.

The loss ended a six-game point streak for the Kings, who were 4-0-2 in that stretch.

"Effort was there, a pretty evenly-played game, could have went to either side," Kings Head Coach Todd McLellan said. "Both teams hit a few posts… So at the end of the night we come out on the short end, but not disappointed in the effort of what was put into the game."

Despite the six-game point streak, the Kings rank last in the Western Conference with 34 points (15-19-4). They are 10-6-1 in this season at Staples Center but are 5-13-3 on the road.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Monday's game is the second matchup of the season between the Blues and Kings. The Blues won the first meeting 5-2 on Oct. 24 at Enterprise Center.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Kings


HOT VS. LA

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

- Brayden Schenn has four points in his last two games (two goals, two assists)

- Jaden Schwartz has 12 points in his last 11 games (five goals, seven assists)

- Alex Pietrangelo has eight points in his last eight games (two goals, six assists)


BLUE NOTES

Brayden Schenn recorded his 400th career NHL point with an assist on Jaden Schwartz's goal on Saturday in San Jose. Ryan O'Reilly extended his point streak to five games… Craig Berube recorded his 61st win in his 100th game on Saturday in San Jose, establishing a new record for a Blues coach in the first 100 games with the franchise… The Blues are 5-0 in their current 12-game stretch against Western Conference opponents… The Blues lead the NHL in comeback wins this season with 14.

Video: Blues look for sixth straight win in LA

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