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Preview: Blues vs. Coyotes

Blues host Arizona Coyotes on Salute to Military Night

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. COYOTES

When: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com

 

THE GAME

After sweeping a four-game road trip to Minnesota, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, the St. Louis Blues return home and carry a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday's matchup with the Arizona Coyotes.

"I just feel like we turn the page every night," said David Perron, who has scored three overtime game-winners during the seven-game win streak. "We keep going back at it the next day and try to work some more, try to get better and keep cleaning up stuff from our game or individually."

"We're just finding a way to get it done," added Ryan O'Reilly, who has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during the streak. "We're just confident. When you (are) you just seem to get the bounces."

Entering Tuesday's matchup, the Blues have won nine of their last 10 games.

The Arizona Coyotes (10-6-2) got off to a hot start this season but have cooled somewhat lately. They were 0-2-1 in their last three games and had blown a lead in four straight games entering Monday's matchup with the Washington Capitals.

Arizona had a 3-1 lead late in the third period against the Capitals but surrendered two goals to end up in overtime. An offside review overturned what would have been an overtime game-winner for T.J. Oshie and the Capitals, but Arizona would eventually win 4-3 in a shootout.

"We're still got a half-decent record, but we're just [giving] points away," Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet told NHL.com last weekend. "You want to have these points in the bank."

Nick Schmaltz leads the Coyotes with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) this season. Phil Kessel, who was traded to Arizona in July, has three goals and seven assists (10 points) in 17 games. Goalie Darcy Kuemper has gotten the majority of starts for Arizona, going 7-5-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .930 save-percentage.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

BLUES: David Perron became the first player in NHL history to record three overtime game winners before his team's 20th game of the season. Perron has contributed 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during the winning streak and has at least one point in 12 of the Blues' 18 games this season.

COYOTES: Clayton Keller has three goals and eight assists this season and is second on his club in points. The 21-year-old forward grew up in Chesterfield, MO and signed an eight-year contract extension with the Coyotes in September.

 
BLUE NOTES

With seven straight wins, the Blues have the longest active winning streak in the NHL and the second longest this season. The New York Islanders won 10 straight from Oct. 12 through Nov. 5… Jacob de la Rose, who was acquired in a trade last week for Robby Fabbri, had two hits in 10 minutes and 18 seconds in his Blues debut on Saturday. The Blues' power play has surged to third in the league at 27.6 percent. In the last 10 games, the Blues are 12-for-36 on the power play (33.3 percent), which ranks first in the NHL in that span… Blues players will wear camouflage jerseys in pregame warm-ups as part of the annual Salute to Military night. Fans are encouraged to donate care package items to the troops and sing the national anthem pregame in support of veterans.

Video: Blues, Coyotes meet on Salute to Military night

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