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Preview: Blues at Oilers

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT OILERS

When: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

The top two teams in the Western Conference will clash Wednesday.

The St. Louis Blues are bucking the trend of championship hangovers and lead the Western Conference with a 10-3-3 record (23 points) in the first 16 games of the season, and their opponent for Wednesday - the Edmonton Oilers - are right on their heels with 22 points.


TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES Tyler Bozak scored in the second period but it was Jaden Schwartz who finished a 3-on-0 break with 1:32 left in overtime to lift the Blues to a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

"You don't really get a lot of 3-on-0 practices," Schwartz said after the game. "You just don't want to miss when you have that much time. It was kind of crazy how it worked out. I just got it off. I knew the goalie didn't know what to do because there was so many of us, and (my linemates) both made a good play of selling it a little bit, and then I was just in the right place at the right time."

The Blues have won five straight games - including three straight in overtime - and are 7-1-0 in their last eight.

OILERS Connor McDavid and Gaeten Haas scored for the Oilers on Monday, but the Arizona Coyotes took a 3-2 overtime victory at Rogers Place.

The loss was the Oilers' first in three games, dropping Edmonton to 10-4-2 on the season.

"We weren't great for the first half of the game," McDavid told NHL.com. "In the second half, we found our rhythm, played fast, played with a little energy and got pucks to the net. I thought we were pretty good."

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues went 2-0-1 against the Oilers last season. In the last matchup, Schwartz recorded his fourth career regular-season hat trick.

The Blues have points in six of their last eight games against the Oilers and are 8-3-0 in their last 11 trips to Edmonton.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Oilers


PLAYERS TO WATCH

BLUES Ryan O'Reilly has eight points in his last five games (three goals, five assists). His 12 assists rank 10th in the NHL and he leads the League with 195 face-off wins this season. Jordan Binnington is 6-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .933 save-percentage in his last seven starts.

OILERS Leon Draisaitl is on a six-game point streak (seven goals, four assists) and has recorded at least one point in 14 of Edmonton's 16 games this season. Draisaitl leads the Oilers with 27 points this season. Close behind is McDavid with 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists). Goalie Mike Smith was named the NHL Third Star of the Week after posting a 2-0 record and a .974 save-percentage in two starts last week.

 

HOT VS. OILERS

Brayden Schenn has a seven-game point streak (six goals, nine assists)

Jaden Schwartz has a five-game point streak (five goals, seven assists)

Alex Pietrangelo has a five-game point streak (one goal, six assists)

David Perron has six points in his last four games (three goals, three assists)

Video: Blues meet Oilers on second game of back-to-back

 
BLUE NOTES

Alexander Steen is expected to play in his 727th game as a Blue, moving into a tie with David Backes for fifth among forwards on the Blues' all-time list.

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