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St. Louis goes for eighth straight win; Kuemper to start in goal for Arizona

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (10-6-2) at BLUES (12-3-3)



The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend their winning streak to eight games when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

The Blues, who have won five overtime wins during their streak, have outscored their opponents 25-16. It is their longest winning streak since a Blues-record 11 straight wins Jan. 23-Feb. 19, 2019.

Goalie Jordan Binnington will start for St. Louis. He is 7-1-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his past eight games.

The Coyotes ended a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) with a 4-3 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Monday. Darcy Kuemper will start for the Coyotes after Antti Raanta played against the Capitals.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Michael Grabner has five points (three goals, two assists) during a five-game point streak.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past seven games and needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.


They said it

"The schedule is not going to be easy. It gets harder and harder. It's going to be a tough one, but you've just got to be scrappy." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on facing the past two Stanley Cup champions on back-to-back nights

"You can't be complaining when you've won seen in a row, but there's going to be ups and downs throughout a game, no doubt about it. But I think we can be a little more consistent, especially in the third period when we've got these leads and we're kind of letting these teams back into it. I think that's one area of our game where we can touch up a little bit." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn


Coyotes projected lineup

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Conor Garland

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Barrett Hayton, Ilya Lyubushkin

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Jacob de la Rose -- Tyler Bozak -- Sammy Blais

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist

Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Carl Gunnarsson -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle)


Status report

The Coyotes did not hold a morning skate. ... Blues coach Craig Berube called Bortuzzo, who has been scratched the past six games, a game-time decision.


Stat pack

Hinostroza has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak after he had two assists in 14 games to start the season. ... Kuemper is 7-3-0 with a 2.09 GAA, .927 save percentage and one shutout in his past 10 games. ... O'Reilly has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past seven games. ... Perron has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past seven games.

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