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Columbus off to best start in its history; St. Louis looks to improve to 4-0-0 at home

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (7-3-0) at BLUES (8-2-1)

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

 

The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, each off to a fast start and coming off a victory on Friday, face each other at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets got an overtime goal from forward Josh Anderson to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at home, and the Blues got a tie-breaking third-period goal from center Brayden Schenn in a 2-1 victory at the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 7-3-0 start by Columbus is the best through 10 games in its history, surpassing its 6-3-1 start in 2007-08.

St. Louis, 4-0-1 in its past five games, is one of two teams in the NHL that has not lost at home (3-0-0), along with the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-0-0). A 9-2-1 start would be the Blues' best since 2010-11, when they began the season 9-1-2.

 

Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin leads Columbus with 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games.

Blues forward Jaden Schwartz is third in the League with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) and has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a six-game point streak.

 

They said it

"St. Louis is playing well right now, so we've got to go in there and play a simple game, go north-south and get the job done." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones

"This league never allows us a whole lot of time to sit around and be happy about things. We will be for a little bit, but obviously we get to work here with Columbus. That'll be a tough one." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo on being 8-2-1 after playing eight of their first 11 games on the road

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Nick Foligno -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Matt Calvert -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Zac Dalpe -- Pierre-Luc Dubois

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington

Injured: Gabriel Carlsson (upper body), Lukas Sedlak (ankle)

 

Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Beau Bennett

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko

Robert Bortuzzo -- Vince Dunn

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Chris Thorburn, Ville Husso

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

 

Status report

Korpisalo could make his third start. ... The Blues recalled Husso from San Antonio of the American Hockey League and he could back up Allen because Hutton and his wife are expecting their first child.

 

Stat pack 

Anderson has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. ... Tarasenko has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 11 career games against Columbus. … Schenn has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak.

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