BLUES (3-0-1) at CANADIENS (1-1-2)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CITY, TVAS, FS-MW, NHL.TV
The St. Louis Blues look for their fourth straight victory when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.
St. Louis can become the first defending Stanley Cup champion to open the following season with a five-game point streak since the Detroit Red Wings began the 1997-98 season with five wins and a tie.
Montreal will try to avoid a third consecutive defeat (0-1-1). The Canadiens' 4-2 loss to the Red Wings in their home opener Thursday was their first in regulation.
Players to watch
Blues center Ryan O'Reilly had four points (one goal, three assists) in a 6-4 win at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and leads the team with seven points (one goal, six assists) in four games this season.
Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game point streak to start the season.
They said it
"They've got some fast forwards that have a lot of skill so we've got to do a good job of checking and keeping them in front of us. They have the ability to get behind you with their speed." -- Blues coach Craig Berube
"They're a big team, heavy, playing well. They're playing with a lot of confidence after last year so we just have to skate. I think we're a faster team than they are so we just have to outskate them." -- Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Sammy Blais -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron
Robby Fabbri -- Tyler Bozak -- Zach Sanford
Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Alexander Steen
Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk
Scratched: Mackenzie MacEachern, Robert Bortuzzo
Injured: Robert Thomas (upper body)
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Jordan Weal
Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia
Paul Byron -- Nate Thompson -- Nick Suzuki
Victor Mete -- Shea Weber
Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot -- Christian Folin
Scratched: Mike Reilly, Cale Fleury
Injured: Nick Cousins (back)
Blais practiced on the power play and will be utilized there, Berube said. … Gunnarsson will partner with Pietrangelo after being left out of the lineup Thursday. … Faulk takes Bortuzzo's place beside Dunn. … Kulak returns after being a healthy scratch for the past two games. He will be paired for the first time with Petry, who was his regular partner last season. … Weal switches lines with Suzuki.
Perron has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak to start the season. … Price needs two wins to tie Sean Burke (324) for 27th place on the NHL all-time list. … Armia has four points (three goals, one assist) in the past two games.