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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 18,096

Blues bring 7-game win streak into matchup with Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues

  1. From January 2014 through the 2016-17 campaign, the Blues won 11 straight games in the series, every one of them in regulation. Since 2017-18, Arizona is 4-1-1 versus St. Louis, with wins in its last two road games against the Blues (both in regulation).
  2. The Coyotes have played five straight games decided by a single goal (2-2-1), with three of them extending beyond regulation (2-0-1). Arizona's power play has gone 0-for-16 in those five games and is 2-for-29 (6.9 percent) in the team's last 10 contests.
  3. The Blues have won 12 times in their first 18 games of 2019-20; last season, en route to the Stanley Cup, St. Louis did not earn its 12th victory until the team's 30th game on December 14. The team's current seven-game winning streak includes six one-goal decisions, five of which have been decided in overtime.
  4. Clayton Keller is one of five players born in Missouri to have skated in a game this season; Keller's 11 points are the most among that group. Keller has seven points -- including a three-point effort -- in eight career games against the Blues.
  5. Alex Pietrangelo has five points in his last two games and 10 in his last seven contests; he is the only defensemen in the league with double figures in points since October 27. Pietrangelo has 99 career goals, second among defensemen in team history (Al MacInnis -- 127).
  6. Between 1984-85 and 1999-00, Rick Tocchet (2861) and Craig Berube (2813) ranked fourth and fifth in the league, respectively, in penalty minutes. Tocchet and Berube were teammates in Philadelphia between '86-'87 and '90-'91, in Washington in '96-'97 and again in Philly in '99-00.
St. Louis Blues' David Perron, left, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Ryan O'Reilly during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend their nerve-wracking surge when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

The Blues have won five overtime games during their current seven-game winning streak. They have built a 12-3-3 record with a slim plus-6 goal differential this season.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-3 shootout victory over the host Washington Capitals on Monday night.

"Every game is going to be tough," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "Arizona is coming in here, it's going to be a hard game. They're a good team. They're fast.

"There's no easy nights. Our guys are starting to really understand that. You have to give it all every night and play consistent hockey, and they've been doing that."

The Blues are 7-1-0 since Vladimir Tarasenko sustained a left shoulder injury that is expected to sideline him for at least five months. They are also missing forward Alexander Steen, who is out at least a month with a left ankle sprain.

"We're finding ways right now," St. Louis forward Brayden Schenn said. "We still feel we can get better as a team and keep growing as a team, especially with a few key pieces being out and guys a really stepping up."

Goaltender Jordan Binnington is 7-1-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in his past eight games.

In St. Louis' past seven games, Ryan O'Reilly has four goals and seven assists and linemate David Perron has three goals and seven assists.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, are in a tough stretch of three games in four nights. Since Antti Raanta started Monday night, Darcy Kuemper is likely to be in goal against the Blues at Enterprise Center.

Kuemper lost his last two starts while allowing seven goals on 57 shots. He was 1-1-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in two starts against the Blues last season.

Forward Clayton Keller has a goal and six assists in eight career games against his hometown Blues.

The Coyotes got forward Brad Richardson (upper body) back Saturday and defenseman Jason Demers (lower body) back Monday from the injured list.

Arizona coach Rick Tocchet stressed the need to close out games. The Coyotes have blown leads in the second period or later in five consecutive games.

"We're still fine," Tocchet said Saturday. "We've still got a half-decent record. But we're ... (tossing) points away when we shouldn't. You want to have these points in the bank if something really bad happens, like a bunch of injuries or we're on this tough trip or a tough schedule, whatever.

"It's nice to have those points in the bank, and we're just giving them away because of unfocused plays."

Sure enough, the Capitals raced to a 3-0 lead Monday before allowing the Capitals to storm back to force overtime, then the shootout.

Another Coyotes problem is the power-play, where they are 0-for-16 in their past five games.

"Somebody has got to take the puck to the middle and shoot the puck," Tocchet said. "We keep deferring all the time, and then when we do shoot, we shoot it wide and nobody is in front of the net."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 12, 2019

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