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Preview: Blues vs. Maple Leafs

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. MAPLE LEAFS

When: Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. CT
Watch: NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM and the NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com
Promotion: Quarter Zip pullover presented by Enterprise (first 12,000)

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES The St. Louis Blues are returning home from a three-game road trip in which they didn't allow a single goal and extended their winning streak to 10 games, tying a franchise record.

Vladimir Tarasenko kept his point streak alive for the 12th straight game, scoring a goal and two assists in Sunday's 4-0 win against the Minnesota Wild, and Jordan Binnington won his eighth straight game, setting a new Blues rookie goalie record that had stood since 2002 (Brent Johnson).

"We're still not satisfied," Ryan O'Reilly said after Sunday's win. "We want to keep climbing. I think we had really high expectations at the beginning. It took us awhile. I think it was frustrating, but we stuck with it. We kept fighting for wins and staying in the hunt. We found our game and it's been good. We've climbed back into this race. We're in a good spot now. We're going to keep continuing to climb."

A win Tuesday against the Maple Leafs would set a new franchise record for consecutive wins at 11.

Video: Vitale and Pang preview Blues / Maple Leafs

MAPLE LEAFS The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't played since Saturday, where they were shutout 2-0 by the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

Before the loss, Toronto was 7-1-1 in their previous nine games.

"We've played well on this road trip. I like the way we've played," Maple Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock said after the game. "Good energy, good detail, good work ethic. The sun is going to get up tomorrow and we're going to get back to work."

The Maple Leafs sit in third place in the Atlantic Division with 75 points (36-19-3) this season. Mitch Marner leads the club with 69 points (21 goals, 48 assists) in 58 games, while free-agent addition John Tavares leads the team in goals with 33.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues beat the Maple Leafs 4-1 on Oct. 20. Tuesday's game will be the final meeting of the regular season between the clubs.

The Blues have won five straight against Toronto and are 12-2-2 in the last 16 matchups.

Tyler Bozak spent his first nine seasons with Toronto, posting 365 points (136 goals, 229 assists) in 594 games.

Video: Tarasenko, Parayko and Berube on Toronto


BLUE NOTES

Craig Berube's next win will be his 100th as a head coach… The Blues have posted three straight shutouts for the fifth time in franchise history. The shutout streak sits at 187 minutes and 16 seconds, which is the fourth-longest in the regular season in franchise history. The longest streak is 258 minutes and 30 seconds, set from March 16-29, 2016… The Blues are the only team in the League that hasn't been defeated in the month of February (9-0-0).

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