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Preview: Blues vs. Rangers

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. RANGERS

When: Monday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com

PROJECTED LINEUP


TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES A team that appeared to be trending up hit a setback on Saturday night in a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Enterprise Center.

Prior to Saturday's game, the Blues had won five of their last seven games.

It was special teams that doomed the Blues against Pittsburgh as Sidney Crosby and company recorded four power-play goals in the win.

"Penalty kill wasn't good enough," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said after returning from a hand injury. "They don't get those chances, you do the math - it's 2-1, a much closer game. Tough to give those guys that many opportunities."

The Blues get a chance to get back on track on Monday night, where they meet the Rangers in the final game of the 2018 calendar year. Robby Fabbri will return to the lineup on Monday after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury.

Video: Blues Gameday Live for Dec. 31

RANGERS Jesper Fast had two goals and an assist while Mika Zibanejad had four assists to help the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Chris Kreider also had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.

"We were more competitive, we were more passionate, and obviously Fast gets rewarded statistically," Rangers coach David Quinn told NHL.com after the game.

Rangers forward Kevin Hayes enters Monday's game against the Blues on a career-best nine-game point streak (five goals, 11 assists).

Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to play after missing the last seven games with an injury. Shattenkirk will be making his first visit to St. Louis with the opposition after spending parts of seven seasons with the Blues, posting 258 points (59 goals, 199 assists) in 425 games.

Zibanejad (34 points), Hayes (33 points) and Kreider (30 points) lead the Rangers this season. New York is 16-14-7 and sat six points out of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference on Sunday afternoon.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Monday's matchup will be the first of two meetings between the Blues and Rangers this season.

In 2017-18, the Blues won both meetings.

St. Louis is 3-1-0 in their last four games against the Rangers, and since Dec. 20, 2000, the Blues have points in 18 of 23 matchups (15-5-1-2).

Brayden Schenn has points in four straight games against the Rangers (three goals, one assist), while Tyler Bozak has posted 13 points in his last 13 games against New York.

Video: Blues, Rangers face-off on New Years Eve


BLUE NOTES

Saturday's game against the Penguins was the 4,000th in Blues franchise history… Pietrangelo played 19 minutes and 56 seconds in his return to action.

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