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Preview: Blues at Penguins

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT PENGUINS

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. CT
Where: PPG Paints Arena
Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

The St. Louis Blues are on some kind of roll.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are coming off their fourth consecutive win (4-0 at Chicago on Monday) and have collected points in 10 consecutive road games (8-0-2). If they get at least one point on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, the club will tie a franchise record with points in 11 consecutive road games, a mark previously set in the 1999-2000 season (10-0-1).

"Whether it is at home or on the road, we still stick to the same game plan," Blues forward Jaden Schwartz said after Monday's win against the Blackhawks. "We don't try switching it up and I think we are just doing a good job of sticking to our systems."

On Wednesday, the Blues will complete their two-game road trip at PPG Paints Arena against the Penguins, a team they met just four days ago at Enterprise Center. In that game, Schwartz netted a goal and an assist, Ryan O'Reilly had two assists and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves in a 5-2 Blues' victory.

Like the Blues, Pittsburgh has been battling several key injuries. Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Bryan Rust, Brian Dumelin and Nick Bjugstad have all been out.

Video: Vitale, Kerber preview Blues / Penguins matchup


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Wednesday's matchup will be the final regular-season meeting between the clubs this season. The Blues have won two straight games against the Penguins, scoring five goals in each game, and are 3-2-0 in their last five games against Pittsburgh.

Four of the last seven games between the clubs have gone to overtime.

The Blues are 7-3-3 against Eastern Conference teams this season.


HOT VS. PITTSBURGH

- David Perron has a five-game point streak (one goal, four assists)

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

- Colton Parayko has six points in his last eight games (two goals, four assists)

- Jaden Schwartz has points in back-to-back games (one goal, two assists)

- Jordan Binnington is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .958 save-percentage in his last two starts

Video: Gunnarsson, Berube before facing Penguins


BLUE NOTES

Thanks to Jake Allen's 38-save shutout Monday, Chicago's Patrick Kane saw his point streak end at 15 games (11 goals, 13 assists). It was the longest point streak by a player this season… David Perron has points in eight straight games (three goals, six assists) entering Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. He has recorded at least one point in 21 of 29 games this season.

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