MAPLE LEAFS (8-6-0) at BLUES (10-3-1)
7 p.m. ET; CBC, FS-MW, NHL.TV
The St. Louis Blues will try to win for the seventh time in nine games when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center on Saturday.
The Blues, 6-1-1 in their past eight games, have been led offensively by forward Jaden Schwartz, who has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past nine games.
The Maple Leafs are 1-4-0 in their past five games after a 7-2-0 start.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is third in the NHL with 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 14 games, and has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games after having 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in the first eight games of the season.
Blues goaltender Jake Allen, who will start on Saturday, has held opponents to two goals or fewer in six of his past seven starts (4-1-1 record, 13 goals allowed). Allen, 7-3-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average this season, is 5-1-0 at home.
They said it
"I've been hearing about [Jaden] Schwartz now for a number of years from the guys here and how good he is. Now that I do the pregame scout and I see how good he is, everyone talks about [Vladimir] Tarasenko, who is an unbelievable player, but Schwartz has taken it to another level." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock
"Speed and skill. Good combination. They've got some youth over there. They play with energy, they play a very up-tempo game, very aggressive style, pressure team, and they're going to challenge you with their speed." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk -- Patrick Marleau -- Connor Brown
Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Kasperi Kapanen
Matt Martin -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner -- Connor Carrick
Andreas Borgman -- Nikita Zaitsev
Scratched: Josh Leivo, Dominic Moore, Roman Polak
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
Scratched: Nate Prosser, Beau Bennett
Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)
Carrick will replace Polak after being scratched against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. ... Thorburn will play for the first time in five games and the second time in 10 after being in the lineup four of the first five games. Hutton will back up Allen after missing Thursday for the birth of his son, Palmer.
Toronto has scored three goals or fewer in seven straight games. … Tarasenko has a goal in five straight games against Toronto. Steen has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 11 carerer games against the Maple Leafs.