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Preview: Blues vs. Kings

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

BLUES VS. KINGS

When: Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Center
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com


TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES Brayden Schenn, David Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 17 saves to lift the Blues to a 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

The win snapped a four-game winless streak for the Blues, and until that point, the Avalanche had not lost in regulation.

"That was probably our best game of the year throughout the entire game," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said afterwards. "I thought we played really well. I thought everybody skated well, good energy. That's what we were looking for."

"I thought it was a real solid game throughout," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said. "We were on the right side of things the whole game. We checked well. Just worked, and we were stingy tonight, good defensively. Our game without the puck was our best game for me."

KINGS Anze Kopitar broke a 2-2 tie in the third period to give the Kings a 3-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

It was the Kings' second consecutive victory, which gave them a 4-5-0 record on the season. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.

"The team did a great job of just trying to prevent as much as possible because they've got some guys who can skate and shoot," Quick told NHL.com after the game. "Hats off to the way they played in the neutral zone and in our own end, keeping them out of our end as much as possible."

"We got off to a good start and our forecheck was established real quick," Kings Head Coach Todd McLellan added. "We earned a couple power-play opportunities quite early in the game and we generated a lot of shots. I'm not sure if they were real good chances, but shots off of that and the momentum just started to go our way."

Kopitar leads the Kings with 10 points (four goals, six assists) this season. Quick has stopped 49 of the last 52 shots he has faced.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Kings will meet for the first of three matchups this season on Thursday night at Enterprise Center. The Blues were 1-2-0 against the Kings last season but won their most recent matchup 4-0 on March 7. Jake Allen earned a 28-save shutout in the last meeting.

The Blues are 7-4-0 in their last 11 games against Los Angeles.

The Kings lead the NHL averaging 38 shots per game, while the Blues rank eighth at 30.1 shots per game.

Video: Perron on strong start, matchup with the Kings


HOT VS. LA

Vladimir Tarasenko has seven points in his last six games (three goals, four assists).

Jaden Schwartz has 10 points in his last 10 games (five goals, five assists).

Alex Pietrangelo has seven points in his last seven games (one goal, six assists).

Justin Faulk has six points in his last seven games (five goals, one assist), including four power-play goals.


BLUE NOTES

Jaden Schwartz extended his point streak to five games on Monday (one goal, four assists)… Tarasenko has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak… Mackenzie MacEachern scored his first career NHL goal last season against the Kings.

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