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Preview: Blues vs. Sharks

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

BLUES VS. SHARKS

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

 
THE MATCHUP

BLUES The St. Louis Blues will wrap up a 12-game stretch against Western Conference opponents when they host the San Jose Sharks at Enterprise Center on Tuesday night. The Blues are 8-2-1 against conference opponents in the last 11 games.

The Blues had a 3-0 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday but eventually fell 5-4 in overtime and went 0-2-1 on their three-game road trip.

"We made mistakes. They're a pressure team and they put on the pressure," David Perron said after Saturday's game. "We got a big point, but it would have been nice to get the second one."

Perhaps a little home cooking is all that's needed - the Blues will begin a stretch of five consecutive games at home - their longest home stand of the season.

SHARKS The San Jose Sharks had a 4-2 lead with less than a minute to play, but the Washington Capitals scored two goals before the end of regulation and Lars Eller won the game in overtime, delivering a shocking 5-4 loss to the Sharks on Sunday.

"We were the better team, I thought, for most of the game," said Sharks forward Evander Kane, who had a hat trick. "We obviously weren't able to close it out. That's the bottom line."

"Of course, (the blown lead is) forgotten if you score in overtime," Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner told NHL.com. "We had a post, 2-on-1 and a breakaway. So that's the way the game goes."

The Sharks are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and sit in 13th place in the Western Conference standings with 19-21-4 (42 points).

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Sharks will meet Tuesday for the second of three meetings this season. The Blues won the first matchup 5-2 on Dec. 21 in San Jose.

The Blues are 7-3-1 in their last 11 regular-season games against San Jose.

Video: Pang, Vitale preview matchup vs. Sharks 

 

HOT VS. SAN JOSE

- Jaden Schwartz has five points in his last three games (two goals, three assists)

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

- Alex Pietrangelo has four points in his last five games (three goals, one assist)

- Ryan O'Reilly has three goals in his last five games

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues went 10-0-0 against Western Conference teams from Nov. 29 until Dec. 29, setting a new franchise record for the longest win streak against conference opponents in a regular season... Ryan O'Reilly has 11 points in his last 11 games (two goals, nine assists) and has points in seven consecutive home games (one goal, eight assists)... David Perron has 13 points in his last nine games (five goals, eight assists) and leads club with 43 points overall.

Video: Blues swim with Sharks at Enterprise Center

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