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St. Louis seeks to get back on track; Vegas can win fourth straight

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (26-10-6) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (23-15-6)



The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look tie their season high with a fourth consecutive win when they host the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

The Golden Knights, coming off a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, last won four straight from Nov. 27 - Dec. 3. 

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to make his fourth consecutive start for Vegas, which is 3-0-0 during a season-long seven-game homestand.

The Blues have lost consecutive games after winning their previous eight; they allowed a season-high seven goals in a 7-3 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. 

Jordan Binnington is expected to start for St. Louis, which has won four straight against Vegas.


Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has no points in his past two games after having 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his previous six games. The former Vegas forward has no points in four games against the Golden Knights.

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak and 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 12 games.


They said it

"We have to take care of the puck better. It's an adjustment. I know this group. We're a better team than that, and we'll respond." -- Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly

"I don't think you have to say a lot. Our guys know how good St. Louis is, and we have to play our best game to beat them." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Brayden Schenn -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Alexander Steen -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Ivan Barbashev

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Zach Sanford

Justin Faulk -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Jordan Kyrou, Troy Brouwer, Jake Walman

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Alex Tuch -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Chandler Stephenson -- Mark Stone

William Carrier -- Paul Stastny -- Cody Glass

Jon Merrill -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Nicolas Roy

Injured: Cody Eakin (upper body), Jonathan Marchessault (lower body)


Status report

Sundqvist, who was first-line left wing on Thursday, moved to the third line at practice. Schwartz took his place on the first line. … Marchessault, who did not play Thursday, is a game-time decision. … Reaves (illness) missed practice Friday but is expected to play. … Nosek is expected to be available after he did not play Thursday because of the birth of his child.


Stat pack

Schwartz has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past eight games. … Stone has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in his past 12 games. 

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