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Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 18,156
Red-hot Blues host struggling Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues
- The Blues have won their last 11 games against the Coyotes, matching the longest active streaks in any series (also Blackhawks versus Sabres and Bruins versus Coyotes). And St. Louis has come away with points in each of its last 15 games versus Arizona, which also ties the longest active streaks in any series.
- Thursday's visit to St. Louis will be the Coyotes' eighth road contest in their last 10 games. Between October 24 and November 20, Arizona will have played 12 of 15 games away from home. Entering Thursday, the Coyotes already have played the most road games in the Western Conference (tied with Nashville).
- After winning at New Jersey on Tuesday, 3-1, the Blues now lead the league with 25 team points in 2017-18. That matches the best start in franchise history, previously accomplished in both 2000-01 and 2013-14.
- Vladimir Tarasenko leads all Western Conference skaters with 67 shots on goal this season. He's collected at least three shots on goal in each of his last 12 games. No other player in the league currently sports a streak longer than seven games.
- With a goal and six assists over his last two games, Brayden Schenn has registered at least three points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Schenn is up to 14 assists overall, a total he didn't achieve last season until New Year's Day (36th game played).
- Although Arizona has been outscored by 27 goals this season (41-68), Clayton Keller has tallied five goals which have given the Coyotes the lead. That matches three other skaters for the most go-ahead goals in the NHL (Nazem Kadri, Nikita Kucherov and Sean Monahan).
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ST. LOUIS -- The start of this season could not have been more different for the St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes.
While the Blues are off to the best start in their history, the Coyotes will carry the league's worst record into their game against St. Louis on Thursday night.
The Blues (12-3-1) set a franchise record with 12 wins in their first 16 games. Meanwhile, the Coyotes (2-13-2) are still looking for their first regulation victory, with their only wins coming in overtime and in a shootout.
The results of their head-to-head games in recent years also have been one-sided. The Blues have won their past 11 meetings with the Coyotes, with Arizona's most recent win coming Nov. 12, 2013.
First-year Arizona coach Rick Tocchet is trying to take a patient approach to the Coyotes' performance, looking for small ways that the team can improve.
"Been here a couple months and one thing I noticed, I don't want us to be a perimeter team," Tocchet told NHL.com after the Coyotes' most recent loss, 3-1 to the Penguins on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. "You have to go to the net. You have to be good along the walls. That's something that we as an organization, we have to get better at. I have to teach it better because you can't win in this league unless you have people that go to the net or you win battles along the wall."
The one positive for the Coyotes has been the play of 19-year-old rookie Clayton Keller, who has scored 11 goals and contributed six assists. Only one other player on the team has scored more than three goals.
Keller, a St. Louis-area native, and was the Coyotes' top pick in the 2016 draft. He made his NHL debut in his hometown March 27, 2016, but did not score. So far this season, he has at least one point in 12 of Arizona's 17 games.
The Blues' success has been built on contributions from every facet of the team -- getting scoring from their top lines as well as defensemen and solid goaltending from the combination of Jake Allen and backup Carter Hutton.
The top line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz has quickly developed into one of the top combinations in the league, with Schenn recording seven points in his past two games (one goal and six assists).
Schenn had a goal and two assists Tuesday night as the Blues won 3-1 at New Jersey, with Tarasenko and Schwartz scoring the other two goals.
"Each night, it's someone that's getting the job done for us," Schenn said. "We're working in five-man units, we're working as a team, and that results in winning hockey."
The Blues' success has only increased the players' desire to see those positive results continue.
"The guys in the room are really enjoying what we are doing and what we are accomplishing," St. Louis center Kyle Brodziak said. "Everybody feels like they are part of it. It's good when you see results like we are seeing. It gives guys confidence and motivation to keep doing what we are doing."
Updated November 9, 2017