GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (10-11-9-1) at St. Louis Blues (20-6-2-1).
TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues look to extend their season-high winning streak to seven
games when they host a team they've had problems with this season, the Phoenix
St. Louis kept its streak going with a 4-2 win over San Jose on Thursday.
Scott Mellanby scored two goals and Keith Tkachuk had three assists to help the
Blues extend their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1).
St. Louis has won four of those games by one goal, including three wins in
overtime. Thursday's victory marked just the sixth time this season the Blues
have won by at least two goals, yet they are 14 games above .500 and
challenging for the top spot in the Central Division.
"I like our stretch right now. We're pretty consistent," St. Louis coach
Joel Quenneville said. "The effort had been there night in and night out.
That's why the team game has been effective. We're getting different guys on a
regular basis being a part of it."
The Blues haven't won seven in a row since a nine-game winning streak from
Oct. 15-Nov. 5, 2002.
St. Louis will be looking to extend its run against Phoenix, which has
handed the Blues two of their seven losses this season.
Phoenix is coming in off a 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday,
and has just one win in its last six (1-2-3) following a season high-tying
four-game unbeaten streak.
Against Los Angeles, the Coyotes fell behind 3-0 after the first period, but
rallied twice to earn the point.
"There is no excuse for the way we started. We were lucky to get one point
tonight," Phoenix captain Shane Doan said. "It's astounding that we can be
that bad. That has happened in the last four or five games -- and we would have
lost all of them, except for the fact that the goaltending has been
Brian Boucher made the last of his 30 saves by stopping Ziggy Palffy on a
breakaway with seven seconds left in overtime.
"After the first period we played pretty hard, and Boucher was
unbelievable," said Ladislav Nagy, whose goal with 1:10 left in the third
period tied the game for Phoenix.