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Game #19 Preview: Arizona at St. Louis

The Coyotes complete their third back-to-back of the season tonight against the Blues

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Preview

GAME #19: ARIZONA (10-6-2) AT ST. LOUIS (12-3-3)

6:00 PM MST - Enterprise Center | St. Louis, MO

TV: Fox Sports Arizona Plus (Matt Mcconnell, Tyson Nash, Todd Walsh)

Radio: Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix (Bob Heethuis)

Referees: Ian Walsh #29, Trevor Hanson #14

Linesmen: Kyle Flemington #85, Brad Kovachik #71

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ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS

The Coyotes play the second of their three-game road trip tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center, marking the first of three scheduled meetings between the teams this season.

St. Louis makes its lone visit to Gila River Arena on December 31; Arizona returns to Enterprise Center for the season series finale on February 20.

The Coyotes are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Washington Capitals on Monday night, snapping their season-long three-game losing streak in the process.

Arizona goes from facing the 2018 Stanley Cup champions to the 2019 Stanley Cup champions in less than 24 hours. "The schedule's not going to be easy, it gets harder and harder," head coach Rick Tocchet said following Monday's win. "It's going to be a tough one, but we've got to be scrappy, we've got to be scrappy."

The Blues are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, extending their win streak to seven games. St. Louis is 9-1-0 in its past 10 games and went 4-0-0 during its recent four-game road trip.

Due to the back-to-back nature of tonight's contest, the Coyotes did not hold a morning skate. Darcy Kuemper is expected to start. Jordan Binnington is St. Louis' projected starter; he has won five straight decisions and seven of his last eight.

Additional lineup notes will be shared by Tocchet two hours ahead of tonight's contest.

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THREE THINGS

HOME WRECKERS: The Coyotes have earned points in eight of their 10 road games played thus far, stringing together a 6-2-2 record away from home, where they've earned a total of 14 points - the third highest total in the NHL. Arizona enters the night with points in each of its last five road games dating back to October 25, going 4-0-1 as visitors during that span. The Blues are 5-1-2 at home this season; they have won four straight games at Enterprise Center.

BACK-TO-BACK: November's busy schedule continues tonight as the Coyotes complete their third back-to-back set of the season and their second of four scheduled back-to-backs during the month. The Coyotes are 1-0-1 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season, winning 5-3 at the New Jersey Devils on October 25 and losing 4-3 in a shootout at the Calgary Flames last Tuesday.

LOOKING TO CONVERT: Now without a power play goal in their last five games, the Coyotes have failed to convert on their previous 17 power play opportunities. The Blues' penalty kill sits in the middle of the pack in the NHL, ranked 15th with a 81.5% kill rate. Arizona's power play enters the night ranked 23rd in the NHL with a 16.1% success rate. The Coyotes are a perfect 6-0-0 this season when converting on the power play.

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LAST TIME AROUND

March 12, 2019 - Arizona (3) at St. Louis (1)

The Coyotes came out on the winning end in their previous meeting with the Blues on March 12 of last season, skating to a 3-1 victory at St. Louis' Enterprise Center.

Vinnie Hinostroza scored the eventual game-winner less than a minute into the third to give the Coyotes, at the time, a 2-0 lead. St. Louis scored its lone goal with 1:11 remaining in regulation to get back to within one, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson responded with an empty netter with 22 seconds left to secure the Coyotes' 3-1 win.

Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves on 40 shots faced. The Coyotes finished with a 2-1-0 record against the Blues last season.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

FIVE (5)

With his breakaway goal Monday night in Washington, Michael Grabner extended his point streak to five games; he has registered three goals and two assists during his current run.

Grabner's point streak is the longest active on the Coyotes' roster. Should he record a point tonight against the Blues, he would match a career-long streak of six consecutive games with a point, which he has done three times over the course of his career, the previous time coming from October 25 - November 8 of last season.

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QUICK HITS

  • Derek Stepan has 11 points (1G, 10A) in 12 career games against the Blues.
  • The Coyotes have allowed 44 goals this season, which is tied with the Dallas Stars for the third fewest in the NHL (Boston Bruins - 41, New York Islanders - 35)
  • The Blues have the most points in the Western Conference (27) and the second most in the NHL (Washington Capitals - 30).
  • Nick Schmaltz leads the Coyotes in road scoring with nine points (3G, 6A) in 10 games.
  • The Coyotes have won four of their last five games against the Blues (4-1-0), out-scoring St. Louis by a 20-8 margin during that stretch.
  • Arizona owns a 60-69-18-3 all-time record against St. Louis.

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Lead Photo Credit: Scott Rovak - Getty Images // Footer Photo Credit: Scott Rovak - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Midwest, NBC Sports Washington

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