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Preview: Blues vs. Lightning

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. LIGHTNING

When: Tuesday, Nov. 19 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 The St. Louis Blues had their point streak snapped at nine games (7-0-2) with a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Enterprise Center on Saturday night.

The loss meant the Blues are winless in their last three games (0-1-2).

"There's no panic, it's not even close to being panic," David Perron said after the game. "It's just a little bit of a wake-up call. We have to re-focus here in the next few days and get our game back."

"I don't think we had the energy that we needed to have the last couple games," Alex Pietrangelo added. "I think we could have played a little bit smarter tonight. It's always tough on the second of back-to-backs. We kind of gave them everything they got."

LIGHTNING Steven Stamkos scored his 400th career goal on Saturday night, but the Tampa Bay Lightning had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Amalie Arena.

Tampa Bay, who were upset by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoff last season, are 9-6-2 to begin 2019-20.

Stamkos leads the Lightning with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 17 games this season. Nikita Kucherov (18 points) and Victor Hedman (16 points) rank second and third, respectively.

In the offseason, the Lightning signed former Blues Pat Maroon and Kevin Shattenkirk to one-year deals.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Lightning meet for the first of two matchups this season, which the next being Nov. 27 in Tampa Bay. St. Louis swept the season series between the clubs in 2018-19, winning both games by one goal. Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal in both meetings, including the overtime winner in a 1-0 victory on Feb. 7 at Amalie Arena.

The Blues are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games against the Lightning and 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings at Enterprise Center.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview matchup vs. Lightning

 

THE HOMETOWN HERO RETURNS

Maroon will make his first trip back to St. Louis since signing a one-year deal with the Lightning in the offseason.

Maroon, a St. Louis native, scored the game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 against the Dallas Stars in the second round last season to send the Blues to the Western Conference Final for the second time in four seasons. Before the opening face-off, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong will present Maroon with his Stanley Cup championship ring on the ice.

In 15 games with the Lightning, Maroon has four goals and three assists (seven points).

Video: Pat Maroon discusses returning to STL to face Blues

 

HOT VS. TAMPA BAY

- David Perron has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last four games

- Ryan O'Reilly has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last eight games

- Brayden Schenn has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games, including an overtime-game winner

Video: Blues host Lightning for Tuesday night tilt

 

BLUE NOTES

Klim Kostin made his NHL debut on Saturday night against the Ducks and led the Blues with four hits in the game. He also had two shots on goal in 11 minutes and 45 seconds of ice time... David Perron played in his 800th career NHL game and 500th with the Blues on Saturday... As of Monday afternoon, the Blues ranked fifth in the NHL with a power-play success rate of 25 percent... Alex Pietrangelo has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last six games.

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