WILD (11-8-3) at BLUES (16-6-1)
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Nino Niederreiter will look to extend his goal-scoring streak to a franchise record seven games when the Minnesota Wild visit the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Saturday.
Niederreiter has scored a goal in six straight games, tying the team record set by Brian Rolston (Jan. 21-Feb. 5, 2008).
The Wild, who have points in seven of their past eight games (6-1-1), defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout on Friday.
Jake Allen will start in goal for the Blues, who had a three-game winning streak end Friday with a 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators, a game started by backup Carter Hutton.
Players to watch
Niederreiter has seven goals during the streak including a power-play goal in each of his past five games.
Allen will play the Wild for the first time since the Western Conference First Round series last season, won by the Blues in five games. Allen was 4-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .956 save percentage.
They said it
"They are the gold standard. I don't know if eager is the right word. It's going to be a great challenge for us, and we're looking forward to challenges. We've done fairly good so far in back-to-backs and we'll see how we do [Saturday]." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on facing St. Louis
"Our execution was very poor [Friday] all night. That's a team that they've got guys that defend hard and heavy down low and I thought we as opposed to fighting through that hard checking style, we skated away from it, and when you do that, you end up either high in the zone or on the outside. ... We've got to be sharper [on execution]." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo
Wild projected lineup
Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle
Nino Niederreiter -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund
Daniel Winnik -- Zack Mitchell -- Chris Stewart
Marcus Foligno -- Matt Cullen -- Tyler Ennis
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Kyle Quincey -- Gustav Olofsson
Scratched: Mike Reilly
Injured: Zach Parise (back)
Blues projected lineup
Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Sammy Blais
Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Nate Prosser
Injured: Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder), Magnus Paajarvi (foot)
Each team held a limited morning skate. ... Paajarvi took a shot off his foot Friday, but Yeo expects him to play. ... Blias will play for the first time since Oct. 21. ... Gunnarsson will be a healthy scratch for a third straight game. ... Olofsson will replace Reilly in the lineup.
Dubnyk is 5-0-1 with three shutouts in his past six starts but has allowed four goals in each of his past three games. ... The Blues are 3-0-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season and are 18-2-0 with 11 straight wins in such games.