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Preview: Blues vs. Golden Knights

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS

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

The St. Louis Blues will look to snap a three-game winless streak when they begin a four-game homestand and host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday at Enterprise Center (7 p.m., FSMW, 101 ESPN).

Troy Brouwer and Alex Pietrangelo scored and Jake Allen made 28 saves on Tuesday in the Blues' last game in Buffalo, but the Sabres netted two empty-net goals to earn a 5-2 win against the Blues.

The Blues fell to 18-8-6.

"We had some real good chances tonight," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after the game. "I thought their goalie played well, made some great saves. We hit three posts, you know, that's the difference. In saying that, we've got to find a way to win. We've got to fight through this adversity. You're going to get bumps in the road like this. You've got to grind through it and get through it."

Alexander Steen (ankle), Oskar Sundqvist (lower-body) and Zach Sanford (upper-body) skated with the team on Wednesday at Centene Community Ice Center. Berube said Sundqvist will return to the lineup Thursday.

The Golden Knights are coming off a 5-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, a game in which Marc-Andre Fleury returned to the lineup after being on personal leave for the passing of his father. Fleury made 28 saves in the victory.

Vegas is 5-1-1 in their last seven games and currently sits in the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with a 16-12-5 record (37 points). Max Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 33 games, while William Karlsson (26 points), Riley Smith (25 points) and Mark Stone (25 points) rank second, and share third, respectively.

Video: Blues, Golden Knights meet at Enterprise Center

 

HOT VS. VEGAS

- Ryan O'Reilly has a three-game point streak (three goals, one assist)

- Brayden Schenn has four points in six career games (two goals, two assists)

- Jaden Schwartz has four assists in five career games

- Colton Parayko has four points in his last five games (one goal, three assists)

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues swept the season series with Vegas last season, going 3-0-0 and outscoring the Golden Knights 12-5 in those games. The Blues have earned points in all six games against Vegas since they entered the League in 2017-18, going 4-0-2. The Blues are 3-0 against Vegas at Enterprise Center.

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