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Blues at Panthers preview

Binnington eyes seventh win in nine starts for St. Louis; Reimer in goal again for Florida

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (23-22-5) at PANTHERS (21-21-8)

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

 

The Game

Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington will try for his seventh win in nine NHL starts when the St. Louis Blues play the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Binnington, who will make his fifth straight start, is 6-1-1 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in eight starts this season and has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of them.

The Blues, seeking their third win in a row, are 6-2-1 in their past nine games.

Goalie James Reimer will make his second consecutive start for the Panthers, who are 4-1-0 in their past five games following a seven-game losing streak (0-5-2). Reimer is 5-1-2 with a 2.29 GAA and .924 save percentage in his past nine games (seven starts).

 

Players to watch

Blues center Ryan O'Reilly has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a seven-game point streak and 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in his past 16 games.

Panthers forward Frank Vatrano has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past five games.

 

They said it

"The feeling is good overall. When you start winning, everyone has a sense of optimism and the sun shines a little brighter. We're just trying to ride the wave." -- Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester

"He's turned his game around. I think he's found another level. I just like the way he's playing with a lot of confidence right now." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner on goalie James Reimer

 

Blues projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Tyler Bozak -- Alexander Steen

Zach Sanford -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Pat Maroon

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Robert Thomas

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Joel Edmundson -- Vince Dunn

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robby Fabbri, Robert Bortuzzo, Sammy Blais

Injured: David Perron (upper body)

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Derick Brassard

Frank Vatrano -- Henrik Borgstrom -- Riley Sheahan

Jayce Hawryluk -- Colton Sceviour -- Denis Malgin

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

MacKenzie Weegar -- Josh Brown

James Reimer

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Ian McCoshen, Troy Brouwer, Micheal Haley

Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder)

 

Status report

Perron, who will miss his fifth consecutive game, will not rejoin the Blues during their road trip, which concludes at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, coach Craig Berube said. … The Panthers will keep the same lineup they used in a 3-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

Tarasenko has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … St. Louis is 1-for-11 on the power play in its past six games. … Florida is 14-for-15 on the penalty kill in its past seven games. … This will be the fourth game in a stretch of 12 of 13 at home for the Panthers.

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