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Preview: Blues vs. Devils

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski


When: Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Center
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest and the FOX Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM and the NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at



BLUES The Blues swept a weekend home-and-home series with one of the League's top teams, beating Nashville 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Enterprise Center and following that up with a 5-4 overtime win on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal just 16 seconds into overtime in Sunday's win, completing a hat trick and sending the Blues to their sixth consecutive win.

"I just try to take it to the net. Just had one guy to beat," Tarasenko said after the game. "Good things happen when you go to the net and win the game for us. It feels nice, especially against Nashville, we got these four points. It's huge for the team."

Jake Allen made 40 saves in his first start since Jan. 17.

The Blues' six-game winning streak is the longest since March 17-27, 2018, when they also won six straight. St. Louis is 10-2-1 in the last 13 games and has climbed into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

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DEVILS Marcus Johansson scored two goals and Nico Hischier had three assists to help the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Keith Kinkaid, who played a season with the NAHL's St. Louis Bandits in 2008-09, made 32 saves for New Jersey, who snapped a three-game losing skid.

The Devils are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and 21-26-8 overall this season. They were 13 points out of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference as on Monday afternoon.

Kyle Palmieri leads the club with 41 points (23 goals, 18 assists) in 55 games this season. Hischier (39 points) and Taylor Hall (37 points) rank second and third, respectively.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Tuesday's matchup will be the first meeting between the Blues and Devils this season. In 2017-18, the Blues swept the season series, going 2-0.

The Blues have won nine straight games against New Jersey, outscoring the Devils 29-11 in that span. In the last 15 meetings between the teams, the Blues are 13-2-0.

Tarasenko has points in four straight games against the Devils (three goals, seven assists), while Brayden Schenn has four goals and four assists in his last eight games.

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Vladimir Tarasenko has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in an eight-game point streak, which matches his career-high… Jordan Binnington was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday after posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.31 goals-against average and a .954 save-percentage… The Blues' six-game winning streak is the second longest active streak in the League.

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