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St. Louis goes for eighth straight win; Panarin can extend point streak to 14 for New York

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

BLUES (39-17-10) at RANGERS (35-26-4)

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

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues seek their eighth straight win when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

The Blues, who have outscored opponents 25-12 during their seven-game winning streak, last won eight straight from Dec. 12-29. St. Louis is in first place in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche.

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin will try to extend his point streak to 14 games. Panarin has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) during the streak, including multipoint games in five of his past six.

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev will start for New York, which has lost two straight games since winning five in a row and nine of its previous 10 (9-1-0). The Rangers are four points behind the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

 

Players to watch

Blues forward Brayden Schenn has four goals during a four-game goal streak.

Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in his past 18 games.

 

They said it

"They are desperate for points. Since January they've been playing really well. … They are going to come out hard and desperate and have a lot of firepower up front so we have to be ready for it." -- Blues forward Robert Thomas

"Obviously not the result we wanted (losses to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday and Sunday), but you know, we're still in the race. We didn't really lose too much ground. At this time of year we just have to find a way. There's not much time to dwell on the past. … Good chance for us to play at home this week, a couple of really tough games and it should be a pretty good measuring stick." -- Rangers forward Ryan Strome

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Brayden Schenn

Zach Sanford -- Robert Thomas -- David Perron

Jordan Kyrou -- Tyler Bozak -- Alexander Steen

Sammy Blais -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Ivan Barbashev

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Marco Scandella -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Mackenzie MacEachern, Troy Brouwer, Jacob de la Rose

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Jay Bouwmeester (cardiac episode)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux -- Greg McKegg -- Julien Gauthier

Brendan Smith -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: None

Injured: Chris Kreider (fractured foot), Micheal Haley (core muscle), Igor Shesterkin (rib fracture)

 

Status report

Kyrou, who did not play in a 4-3 shootout win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday because of an illness and Parayko (illness) each will be a game-time decision. If Kyrou can't play, he could be replaced by de la Rose. … The Rangers didn't hold a morning skate but are expected to dress the same skaters from a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

 

Stat pack

O'Reilly has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games and will play his 800th NHL game. … Binnington is 5-0-0, with a 1.58 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in his past five games. … The Rangers lead the all-time season series, 81-45-2 with 16 ties. … New York has outscored opponents 84-58 in the third period; its plus-26 goal differential in the third period ranks first in the NHL.

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