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St. Louis can extend point streak to nine; Columbus has one win in past eight games

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (12-3-4) at BLUE JACKETS (6-8-4)

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


The Game

The St. Louis Blues seek to extend their point streak to nine games when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday. 

St. Louis lost 3-2 to the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout on Tuesday to end a seven-game winning streak. Goalie Jake Allen is expected to start for the Blues, who are tied for the NHL lead with eight wins in one-goal games, including six during the winning streak.

Goalie Joonas Korpisalo will start for Columbus, which is winless in its past two games and has one win in its past eight games (1-5-2). The Blue Jackets have been outscored 9-2 in their past three home games (0-3-0).


Players to watch

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a four-game point streak and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past eight games. He needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.

Blue Jackets rookie forward Emil Bemstrom has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"We can make it easier on our goaltenders and each other by finding ways to close these games out because we've let teams hang around." -- Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly on their 5-2 overtime record

"We've been playing some pretty good minutes lately. We've got to stick to our systems and the way we play. If we start changing stuff that's when sometimes you get in trouble." -- Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard  


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Jacob de la Rose -- Tyler Bozak -- Sammy Blais

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Klim Kostin

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Alexandre Texier -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Sonny Milano -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Eric Robinson -- Riley Nash -- Emil Bemstrom

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Dean Kukan

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Kole Sherwood (oblique), Ryan Murray (lower body)

Suspended: Nick Foligno


Status report

Kostin, the No. 31 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and Blues coach Craig Berube said he could make his NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. … Harrington replaces Murray, who was injured against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. … Foligno will serve the second of a three-game suspension for elbowing Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday.


Stat pack

O'Reilly has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. … Perron has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. He leads the NHL with three overtime goals. … Jenner is two assists from 100 in the NHL. … Werenski has a goal in two straight games.

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