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St. Louis has lost two straight; Eichel seeks to extend point streak to 14 for Buffalo

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLUES (18-7-6) at SABRES (14-11-6)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Jack Eichel will try to extend his NHL career-high point streak to 14 games when the Buffalo Sabres play the St. Louis Blues at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Eichel has 10 goals and 13 assists during his streak, including five multipoint games. 

The Sabres are 3-1-3 in their past seven games after going 2-8-2 in their previous 12. They have scored at least three goals in four of their past five games.

The Blues are 6-3-1 in their past 10 games but have lost two straight after a four-game winning streak. They are 3-0-1 in their past four games against the Sabres.

 

Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 16 games.

 

They said it

"We need to start right. Last game (a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs) we got caught, put on our heels. We need to dictate a bit more and get into our game right away, which is putting it behind their (defense), having a good, fast forecheck and kind of smothering them all over the ice. When we do those kinds of things, we make it tough and the game kind of unfolds for us." -- Blues center Ryan O'Reilly

"I think if you don't have energy, you're going to get embarrassed. These guys are the Stanley Cup champs for a reason. They play a heavy game, they play hard. If you don't match their intensity, they're going to come out hard. They lost their last game they played, against Toronto, so we know they're going to have a thorn in their side. We've got to be ready to go. Whatever it takes." -- Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Buffalo playing its fourth game in six days

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou

David Perron -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Tyler Bozak

Ivan Barbashev -- Robert Thomas -- Troy Brouwer

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Austin Poganski

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Nathan Walker

Injured: Zach Sanford (upper body), Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle), Sammy Blais (wrist), Oskar Sundqvist (lower body)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jimmy Vesey -- Marcus Johansson -- Rasmus Asplund

Jeff Skinner -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Evan Rodrigues

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Brandon Montour -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe -- Zach Bogosian

Colin Miller -- Henri Jokiharju 

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Marco Scandella, Conor Sheary

Injured: Rasmus Dahlin (concussion), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)

 

Status report

Steen and Sundqvist are "getting pretty close" to returning, according to coach Craig Berube. … Dahlin skated with the Sabres for the first time since sustaining a concussion. He has not been cleared for contact but is day to day. … Mittelstadt will be back in the lineup after being scratched Sunday in Edmonton. 

 

Stat pack

Schwartz is three assists away from 200 in the NHL. … Schenn needs three points to reach 300 in the NHL. ... Larsson has one goal and six assists in his past six games.

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