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Preview: Blues at Sabres

by Elise Butler / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT SABRES

When: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. CT
Where: KeyBank Center
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports App // NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

The St. Louis Blues will look to rebound in Buffalo on Tuesday after dropping their last two games (at Pittsburgh and vs. Toronto). Prior to the losses, the Blues had won four straight games and collected points in 10 consecutive road games. 

"You're going to have ups and downs during the year, and right now we're not sharp enough, that's the bottom line," said Blues Head Coach Craig Berube. "The last two games, we're not sharp enough."

The Sabres currently sit third in the Atlantic Division and are coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Edmonton on Sunday. They are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games, and are especially strong at home, where they hold an 8-3-3 record this season. 

Video: Poganski, Kyrou and Berube before game vs. BUF


HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Blues and Sabres will meet Tuesday in the first of two matchups this season. The teams split last year's season series, with each squad winning on home ice. The Blues have earned points in four straight games vs. Buffalo (3-0-1) and points in 13 of 14 vs. the Sabres, going 12-1-1 dating back to Feb. 18, 2011.

Following Tuesday's tilt vs. the Sabres, the Blues will play 12 straight games vs. Western Conference opponents, leading up to their next matchup with Buffalo on Jan. 9 in St. Louis.

Video: Blues, Sabres battle at KeyBank Center


PLAYERS TO WATCH

BLUES: Ivan Barbashev has shown his skill and versatility as he has moved up the lineup due to the Blues' recent rash of injuries. Barbashev has three goals, four points and a plus-3 rating in his last five games and played a season-high 18:28 on Saturday vs. Toronto. His 14 points overall (five goals, nine assists) ranks sixth on the Blues.

SABRES: Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with 42 points this season, 16 more than his next-closest teammate (Victor Olofsson). He also leads the team in both goals (18) and assists (24). The Sabres captain ranks sixth in the NHL in goals, seventh in points, and eighth in assists. Eichel is currently on a career-high 13-game point streak and has registered 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in that span.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues vs. Sabres

HOT VS. BUFFALO

Ryan O'Reilly has an eight-game point streak (three goals, seven assists)

David Perron has a four-game point streak (three goals, three assists)

Brayden Schenn has six points in his last eight games (five goals, one assist)

Colton Parayko has four assists in his last six games


MILESTONE WATCH

Jaden Schwartz is three shy of 200 career assists

Schenn is three shy of 400 career points

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