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San Jose goes for ninth consecutive victory; St. Louis aims to win sixth straight

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

SHARKS (44-23-9) at BLUES (42-28-5)



The Game

The San Jose Sharks will go for their ninth straight win when they play the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

A victory against the Blues would match the second-longest winning streak in Sharks history set from Nov. 13 to Dec. 4, 2008. The Sharks record is 11 in a row from Feb. 21 to March 14, 2008.

San Jose trails the Vegas Golden Knights by six points for first place in the Pacific Division.

The Blues are going for their sixth consecutive win, their longest since winning six in a row from Feb. 6-16, 2017. They are one point behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Evander Kane has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 13 games since he was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26.

Blues goalie Jake Allen, who will make his 10th straight start, is 7-1-0 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in his past eight games. He was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending March 25 after going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .961 save percentage.


They said it

"With the opponents that we've got coming up here, they're all quality, quality teams. I think our group's done a good job of banking the points we should regardless of how it looks." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

"Not much else we can do but worry about our game and where we're at. You can't really control what other teams are doing." -- Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo


Sharks projected lineup  

Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Melker Karlsson

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Barclay Goodrow -- Marcus Sorensen -- Jannik Hansen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Joel Ward, Tim Heed

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Eric Fehr (lower body), Joakim Ryan (upper body)


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Patrik Berglund -- Kyle Brodziak -- Alexander Steen

Dmitrij Jaskin -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Tage Thompson

Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Vince Dunn -- Colton Parayko

Jordan Schmaltz -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Scottie Upshall

Injured: Nikita Soshnikov (upper body)

Status report

The Sharks did not hold a morning skate. … Dell could get his first start in five games after San Jose played at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. ... Blues coach Mike Yeo said Upshall is fit to play but needs a few more practices. 


Stat pack

The Sharks' eight-game winning streak matches the third longest run in their history accomplished three times (Feb. 15-March 3, 2011, April 3-15, 2006 and Dec. 17, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010). ... Schwartz has six points (two goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak.

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