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Preview: Blues vs. Hurricanes

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

BLUES VS. HURRICANES

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or ticketmaster.com

Justin Faulk will meet the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since being traded to the St. Louis Blues in September. Faulk, who was acquired along with a fifth-round pick in 2020, came in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson, prospect Dominik Bokk and a seventh-round pick in 2021. Shortly after the trade, Faulk signed a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million. He spent eight years in Carolina.

Edmundson played four years with the Blues, helping the club win the Stanley Cup last season. Edmundson will receive his championship ring prior to the opening face off.

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES The Blues went 1-3-0 on a four-game road trip to Western Canada after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.

"We maybe had to find the back of the net a little earlier tonight, and we didn't. We had lots of opportunities," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said. "We'll go home and regroup and have a nice homestand. I'm focused on that now."

A three-game homestead comes at the perfect time for the Blues, who have points in 10 straight games at Enterprise Center (9-0-1). The Blues will host the Hurricanes on Tuesday before a rematch with the Jets on Thursday and a showdown with the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

HURRICANES The Carolina Hurricanes snapped a five-game winning streak for the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday with a 5-4 victory in a shootout at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Second-year winger Andrei Svechnikov scored his 20th goal of the season and Justin Williams, who returned to Carolina and made his season debut on Jan. 19, scored the deciding goal in the shootout.

"I thought in the second period, we really got going," Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Even though we didn't get ahead coming out of the period, it just felt like, there's our game. I think the guys felt that too and were able to carry over."

At 30-19-3 (63 points), the Hurricanes sit in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and have the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Hurricanes split the season series last year, with the home team winning both games in regulation.

The Blues are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games against Carolina and have won back-to-back games at Enterprise Center.

Video: Blues, Hurricanes meet at Enterprise Center

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