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Coyotes at Blues preview

St. Louis aims for 13th win in 17 games for first time; Arizona seeks first regulation victory

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (2-13-2) at BLUES (12-3-1)

8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try for a franchise-record 13th win in their first 17 games when they face the Arizona Coyotes at Scottrade Center on Thursday.

The Blues are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games. With a win, they'll also tie a franchise mark set in 2013-14 for most points after the first 17 games of a season (27). St. Louis is getting production from their second line of Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, who have combined for 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in the past two games.

The Coyotes, who have yet to win in regulation this season, are 2-3-1 in their past six games after starting the season 0-10-1.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes rookie forward Clayton Keller has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his past 11 games, and points in 12 of 17 games this season.

Schenn, who will face older brother Luke for the sixth time (5-0-0), has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past two games.

 

They said it

"This past week has been such a whirlwind, but this is a game I've had marked on the calendar since I signed with the Coyotes." -- Coyotes defenseman Dakota Mermis, a native of nearby Alton, Illinois, who grew up a Blues fan

"If we think that they're not going to come in here and play hard, and play with speed and play with skill and do everything they can to try and win this game, it would be a huge mistake." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo on Arizona

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Brendan Perlini

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Zac Rinaldo -- Tobias Rieder -- Anthony Duclair

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Dakota Mermis

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Mario Kempe, Michael Sislo, Joel Hanley

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

 

Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Dmitrij Jaskin -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Magnus Paajarvi

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Carter Hutton

Jake Allen

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Beau Bennett

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder) 

 

Status report

Duclair will return after being a healthy scratch the past three games. ... Hutton will get his first start at home since March 11.


Stat pack 

The Blues have won 11 straight games against the Coyotes. ... Schwartz has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games and 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 11. … Tarasenko has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past two games and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past seven.

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