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Hutton to start in goal for St. Louis; Carolina looks for positive start to short homestand

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

BLUES (7-2-1) at HURRICANES (4-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

Goaltender Carter Hutton will make his third start of the season for the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Hutton is 2-0-0 with road wins against the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche.

The Blues have points in four straight games (3-0-1) and are led by Jaden Schwartz, who is tied for third in the NHL in points (14) and tied for fourth in goals (seven).

The Hurricanes start a two-game homestand, which concludes against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. They ended a two-game losing streak (0-2-0-) with a 6-3 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Forward Josh Jooris scored two goals and rookie defenseman Haydn Fleury had two assists, the first points of his NHL career.


Players to watch

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. He has 12 points (four goals, eight assists), tied with the Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere for the League lead among defensemen.

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"I've played a lot of games in my career on the road so I'm used to it. I just try to have fun with it. It's out of my control when and where I play. I just try to be my best when I'm out there." -- Blues goalie Carter Hutton on making his third start of the season, all on the road

"I've liked him. He's going to be real good when we start playing better. He's like our team right now; we're not sure. We're 4-3-1 and we have higher aspirations than being around .500, but you've got to do it each and every night." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on goaltender Scott Darling, who has started seven of Carolina's eight games this season


Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Beau Bennett

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Carter Hutton

Jake Allen

Scratched: Nate Prosser , Dmitrij Jaskin

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Noah Hanifin -- Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck , Janne Kuokkanen

Injured: Lee Stempniak (back)


Status report

Gunnarsson returns to the lineup; he missed the Blues' 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday after his wife gave birth the couple's first child. … The Hurricanes did not have a morning skate after playing in Toronto on Thursday.


Stat pack

The Blues will play their NHL-high eighth road game. Tarasenko has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the past six games. With a win, the Blues would have their best 11-game start since going 9-1 with one tie to start 2002-03. … Skinner has five points (three goals, two assists) in the past four games.

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