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St. Louis tries to extend winning streak to four; Minnesota looks to end two-game skid

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLUES (8-3-3) at WILD (4-9-0)

8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues look to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

The Blues, coming off a 4-3 overtime win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, have won three straight and are 5-1-0 in their past six games after a four-game winless skid (0-2-2). 

Minnesota has lost two straight games and is 1-3-0 in its past four but 3-1-0 at home. The Wild lost 2-1 at the Blues on Wednesday.

 

Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a three-game point streak. 

Wild forward Eric Staal has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games. 

 

They said it

"It's going to be a tight game. It's going to be a physical game, I feel like. We need to stick to our game plan and play our game and do what we do best. For our line, it's going to be to keep getting pucks in deep and getting them back." -- Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist on playing the Wild for the second time in three games

"We like to think that there's chances for us, that, we've had a bad start, but if we can get it going now, we'll be fine. Just watching [the Blues] you can see…how much they've gained by the structure they played with and everybody on their team now, going through what they went through last year, everybody plays the same way. They're a really good team to follow if you want to learn how to win." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Sammy Blais

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

Alexander Steen -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas

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, Robby Fabbri

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder)

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Jordan Greenway

Ryan Donato -- Luke Kunin -- Ryan Hartman 

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Nick Seeler -- Brad Hunt

Devan Dubnyk 

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Carson Soucy, Victor Rask

Injured: Greg Pateryn (core)

 

Status report

The Blues did not skate. … Seeler will play after being a healthy scratch for six straight games and 11 times this season. 

 

Stat pack

O'Reilly has six points (two goals, four assists) in a three-game point streak. …Schenn has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games. …Pietrangelo has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. …Zucker has four points (one goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak. …Brodin will play his 500th NHL game.

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