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Tarasenko will play for St. Louis; New Jersey aims to end two-game losing streak

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BLUES (11-3-1) at DEVILS (9-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Right wing Vladimir Tarasenko will be in the lineup when the St. Louis Blues face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Tarasenko played in a 6-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday despite sustaining an upper-body injury in the first period, according to coach Mike Yeo, and left practice early Monday. He is second on the Blues with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists), and leads them in shots on goal (60) and a plus-12 rating in 15 games.

The Devils, who begin a three-game homestand after going 1-1-1 on a road trip through Western Canada, look to end a two-game losing streak. Rookie forward Jesper Bratt has picked up the offense at a time when the Devils need it most with injuries to key players. He has six points (two goals, four assists) and 13 shots on goal in his past five games.

 

Players to watch

Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.

Devils left wing Taylor Hall is on a five-game point streak (four goals, four assists). He has 398 points (157 goals, 241 assists) in 466 NHL games.

 

They said it

"Obviously [Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz] are both highly-skilled guys. [Tarasenko] is a shooter and can score at any given time and [Schwartz] is hard at both ends of the ice. He's good defensively and hard on the forecheck and good at taking away pucks. They've been fun to play with on a line." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn

"Our awareness away from the puck when we give up chances has to be better. There's intensity and energy in the way we play. Defensively, it's just sometimes the awareness without the puck of where to be and having the right reads. If we can tighten some of those areas up, we'll give up less chances." -- Devils coach John Hynes

 

Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Dmitrij Jaskin -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Magnus Paajarvi

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Beau Bennett

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Adam Henrique -- Drew Stafford

Brian Boyle -- Pavel Zacha -- Jimmy Hayes

Brian Gibbons -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Mirco Mueller

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Steven Santini

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Ben Lovejoy

Injured: Kyle Palmieri (foot), Marcus Johansson (concussion), Travis Zajac (torn pectoral muscle)

 

Status report

Allen will make his fifth straight start. ... Santini, who was part of an informal skate in the morning, did not play in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday because of an upper-body injury.

 

Stat pack

Allen has held opponents to two goals or fewer in six of his past eight starts and is 5-2-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average over that stretch. He is 5-0-0 with a 1.20 GAA, .952 save percentage and two shutouts in five starts against the Devils. ... Greene has 199 points (40 goals, 159 assists) in 719 NHL games.

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