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St. Louis eyes point in 11th straight road game; Pittsburgh 6-0-2 in past eight at home

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (18-5-6) at PENGUINS (14-9-4)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN


The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to tie the longest road point streak in their history when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday.

St. Louis is 8-0-2 in its past 10 road games. Its longest streak away from home came during the 1999-00 season, when it was 10-0 with one tie.

The Blues have outscored their opponents 16-6 in four straight wins including a 5-2 victory against the Penguins at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

Pittsburgh has lost two straight after winning its previous three and is 4-3-3 in its past 10 games. It's 6-0-2 on an eight-game home point streak since a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 19, the longest since winning 11 in a row from Jan. 1 to Feb. 17, 2018.

The Penguins will play without forward Patric Hornqvist, who will be out longer-term after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Monday.


Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has nine points (three goals, six assists) on an eight-game point streak. He played 86 games with the Penguins during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past eight games. He leads Pittsburgh with 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists).


They said it

"We understand what kind of team they are. Just recently played them. ... They're a hard-working team." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

"We need guys to step up and fill some important roles for us. ... I don't think, at this point, we're looking to ease anybody in." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Nathan Walker

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

Ivan Barbashev -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Troy Brouwer

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Austin Poganski

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body), Alexander Steen (ankle sprain), Sammy Blais (wrist), Oskar Sundqvist (lower body)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Dominik Simon

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jared McCann -- Stefan Noesen

Dominik Kahun -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Zach Aston-Reese -- Joseph Blandisi -- Sam Lafferty

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Juuso Riikola -- Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Zach Trotman

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Justin Schultz (lower body), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Patric Hornqvist (lower body), Bryan Rust (lower body)


Status report

Gunnarsson will return after he was a healthy scratch in St. Louis' most recent game and missing the previous two with an illness. ... The Penguins did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

Binnington is 9-2-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his past 12 games. ... Malkin has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his past eight games. He needs three goals to reach 400 in the NHL.

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