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St. Louis can extend longest active winning streak in NHL to nine; Arizona tries to end three-game skid

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLUES (26-8-6) at COYOTES (21-16-4)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend the longest active winning streak in the NHL to nine games when they visit the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

The Blues, who have the best record in the Western Conference, have outscored opponents 33-16 during their season-long eight-game streak; it's their longest run since an 11-game winning streak from Jan. 23-Feb. 19 last season.

Goalie Jake Allen, who is expected to start, is 7-1-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in nine games against the Coyotes.

Arizona has lost three straight for the first time this season, after alternating wins and losses through its previous eight games. 

 

Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has 10 points (four goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 14 games.

 

They said it

"We're frustrating other teams and making it hard on their top players. We're spending time in the O-zone and kind of wearing teams down. We're playing tight, aggressive and together." -- Blues forward Jaden Schwartz

"It just it seems like they [the Blues] get in your way, all over the ice, whether it's in front of your net, in front of their net, along the boards, there's always a stick or a person in your way. When you play teams like that, it's hard to play against, so you have to play the same way." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou

Oskar Sundqvist -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Ivan Barbashev

Justin Faulk -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen 

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Zach Sanford, Troy Brouwer, Jake Walman

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Antti Raanta

Adin Hill

Scratched: Michael Chaput, Christian Fischer

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)

 

Status report

Stepan, who left the Coyotes' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday to go into concussion protocol, is expected to play. … Hjalmarsson, out since Oct. 12, should resume practicing within the next few days, Tocchet said.

 

Stat pack

The Blues are 18-0-4 when they score the first goal. … Schwartz has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in a six-game point streak. … Schenn has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak. … Arizona is 5-1-1 against St. Louis since the start of the 2017-18 season. … Schmaltz has eight assists in his past six games. … The Coyotes are 8-10-1 at home this season.

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