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St. Louis goes for sixth straight win; Los Angeles back home after 3-1-2 road trip

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (23-8-6) at KINGS (15-19-4)

10 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-MW, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend the longest active winning streak in the NHL to six games when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Monday. 

The Blues won 5-2 at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and are on their third winning streak of at least four games; they won a season-long seven straight Oct. 27-Nov. 9.

The Kings return home after a 3-1-2 road trip; a 3-2 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday ended their season-high six-game point streak (4-0-2). 


Players to watch

Blues center Ryan O'Reilly has six points (one goal, five assists) during a five-game point streak. 

Kings forward Adrian Kempe has scored in three consecutive games. It is tied for the longest goal streak in his four NHL seasons; he also scored in three straight games Oct. 23-26, 2017 and Feb. 4-7, 2019.


They said it

"We always talk about our D needing to create offense. It's just how we play and we're better like that. … It was just a matter of time. When we're creating offense like that, we're tough to handle." -- Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who scored two goals Saturday  

"Now we've shown that we can beat some really good teams, especially on the road as well where we were struggling at the beginning of the season. We've been good all year at home, so we want to keep that going, and we got good momentum from this road trip." -- Kings forward Adrian Kempe 


Blues projected lineup

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

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak  

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

Justin Faulk -- Alex Piertrangelo   

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington 

Jake Allen

Scratched: Zach Sanford, Troy Brouwer, Niko Mikkola

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


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown  

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli   

Matt Luff -- Michael Amadio -- Nikolai Prokhorkin  

Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy  

Kurtis MacDermid Kale Clague -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Martin Frk, Kale Clague

Injured: Trevor Lewis (upper body), Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort(back) 


Status report

Binnington will make his first start since Dec. 16 against the Colorado Avalanche. … Lewis has not practiced since being injured in the first period against Buffalo. … Frk was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Martinez practiced in a red no-contact jersey. … Forbort did on-ice drills after practice.   


Stat pack

The Blues are 16-2-3 against the Western Conference, including seven straight wins. … Perron has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Kopitar needs one goal to tie Bernie Nichols (327) for fourth most in Kings history.

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