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Preview: Blues vs. Maple Leafs

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. MAPLE LEAFS

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. CT
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 An uncharacteristic 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins ended what could have been a history-making night for the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena. With just one point against the Penguins, the Blues could have matched a franchise record with points in their 11th consecutive road game.

"It wasn't good enough, we know that," Blues goalie Jordan Binnington said after the loss. "We've got better. It's not a good feeling… it's frustrating. I hate losing, so I hate this feeling. Just got to get back to work and work even harder to get that next one."

Despite the loss, the Blues remain in first place in the Western Conference with 42 points.

Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said Friday that Oskar Sundqvist (lower-body) and Alexander Steen (ankle) have begun skating and are getting closer to returning to the lineup, but they won't play Saturday against the Maple Leafs.

MAPLE LEAFS The Toronto Maple Leafs made headlines with the firing of Head Coach Mike Babcock after the team was mired in a six-game losing streak in November. Sheldon Keefe, who was coaching the AHL's Toronto Marlies, was named the new head coach and signed a three-year deal.

Since Keefe took over, the Leafs are 4-3-0 but are 1-3-0 in their last four games, including a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena. Zach Hyman scored the lone goal, and goalie Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.

"I thought we stayed in the game all the way through it," Keefe told NHL.com. "At times when they had their push, I thought we withstood it fine and then had pushes of our own. All in all, I liked the fight in our team. We just have to find ways to generate more offense."

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues earned a 3-2 win in the first meeting between the teams on Oct. 7.

Saturday's matchup will be the final meeting between the teams in the regular season.

The Blues have won seven straight against Toronto.

Video: Blues, Maple Leafs faceoff on Saturday night


HOT VS. TORONTO

David Perron has a four-game point streak (five assists)

Jaden Schwartz has 12 points in 10 career games (three goals, nine assists)

Alex Pietrangelo has seven points in his last seven games (three goals, four assists)

Brayden Schenn has five points in his last five games (one goal, four assists)

 
BLUE NOTES

The last time the Blues and Maple Leafs met at Enterprise Center, Ryan O'Reilly scored an overtime game-winner to extend the Blues' winning streak to a franchise record 11 games.

Video: TOR@STL: O'Reilly goes bar down for OT winner

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