BLUES (11-6-3) at CAPITALS (11-5-2)
7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, CSN-DC, NHL.TV
Blues team scope
The St. Louis Blues have won four consecutive games and play the second game of a back-to-back. Goalie Carter Hutton could start after Jake Allen made 39 saves in a 4-2 win at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. The Blues have started the same goalie in back-to-back games once in the three they have played this season when Allen started on Oct. 12-13. Allen is 9-3-3 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 16 games this season. Hutton is 2-3-0 with 2.77 GAA and .900 save percentage in six games.
Capitals team scope
Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller will return to the lineup after missing one game with an upper-body injury. "You lose that game feel kind of quick, but now it's only been days, so I'm not too worried about that," Eller said Wednesday. "You got a good practice in yesterday and a good morning skate today, so now I feel good." Goalie Braden Holtby is expected to start for the Capitals. Holtby is 9-4-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .927 save percentage in 14 games.
Blues projected lineup
Robby Fabbri -- Jori Lehtera -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz -- Paul Stastny -- David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin -- Patrik Berglund -- Nail Yakupov
Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Robert Bortuzzo -- Colton Parayko
Scratched: Petteri Lindbohm, Ty Rattie
Injured: Joel Edmundson (upper body), Alexander Steen (upper body)
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Andre Burakovsky
Marcus Johansson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Justin Williams
Zach Sanford -- Jay Beagle -- Brett Connolly
Daniel Winnik -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner -- Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt
Scratched: Taylor Chorney
Injured: T.J. Oshie (upper body)
Oshie skated before the Capitals held an optional practice but is still considered week-to-week. Oshie was injured when he hit Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan on Nov. 18.
Tarasenko has 11 points in his past nine games. … Perron has seven points in five games. … Backstrom has seven points in his past four games.