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Blues aim for 3rd straight win as they host Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues

  1. The Coyotes fell to the Predators, 3-2, in a shootout in Nashville on Thursday. Arizona has lost each of its last three games in either overtime or a shootout. The Coyotes have gotten 72 percent (21/29) of their points this year in games that went to extra time, by far the highest in the league.
  2. The Blues beat the Senators, 4-1, in Ottawa on Thursday, and are now 5-2-1 in their last eight games. In their five wins, they've allowed a combined seven goals, and in their three losses, they've allowed a combined 17 goals.
  3. The Blues picked up a shootout win over the Coyotes at home on November 9. That extended Arizona's losing streak against the Blues to 12 games, tied for the longest active streak by one team against any other.
  4. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal in the loss to Nashville, giving him a point in three straight. His 22 points (8g, 14a) through 47 games this year are tied for his fewest through 47 player games since the 2011-12 season.
  5. Brayden Schenn scored his 18th goal of the season in the win over Ottawa, and added an assist as well, giving him 46 points (18g, 28a) in 48 games this season, good for 0.96 points per game. Schenn has never finished a season with more than 0.74 points per game.
  6. Based on current records, the Coyotes have played the toughest schedule in the league, with their opponents having a combined .590 winning percentage. Arizona's 10-28-9 (.309) record through 47 games is its second worst all-time -- the 1980-81 Jets were 5-33-9 (.202).

ST. LOUIS -- Several of the St. Louis Blues big offensive weapons ended slumps in Thursday night's win at Ottawa.

The Blues, riding a two-game winning streak since their NHL-mandated bye, hopes it is the start of a prolonged offensive uptick as St. Louis hosts the Arizona Coyotes at Scottrade Center on Saturday night.

In their 4-1 victory over the Senators, the Blues scored three goals in one period for the first time in 18 games. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scored for the first time in 31 games. And forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn, the team's points leaders, scored in the same game for the first time since Dec. 10.

"You look at the goal scorers, the guys who got on the score sheet for us tonight," Blues coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the game. "Obviously that's a pretty good indication that our leaders were ready to lead the way. I thought we had everybody going tonight."

Pietrangelo's goal could be especially encouraging.

The Blues are 15-3-2 this season when their defensemen score, but are 13-14-1 when they don't. Pietrangelo's goal made it five goals in the past five games for Blues defensemen and came off the heels of Vince Dunn's overtime winner in Toronto on Tuesday.

"It was nice to get back on the board about 4,000 shots later," Pietrangelo told the Post-Dispatch. "I think we felt it coming that someone on the back end was gonna score. ... Five-on-five we've really been jumping in the last two games here."

Carter Hutton got his sixth start in goal in the last nine Blues games. He has a 5-0-1 record, with a 1.78 GAA and a .935 save percentage in those starts.

Hutton gave the credit to his teammates.

"There wasn't really a ton of real Grade A chances," Hutton told the Post-Dispatch. "I thought our D did a really good job."

The Blues have won 12 straight against Arizona, a string dating back to a 3-2 overtime loss on Nov. 12, 2013 to the Phoenix Coyotes. St. Louis has outscored Arizona 48-16 during the win streak.

The Blues beat Arizona 3-2 in a shootout on November 9.

The Coyotes are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in Nashville on Thursday. Arizona is trying to snap a five-game losing streak.

"I thought the first five, 10 minutes we were fine," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet told NHL.com. "I thought we did all right, and then they made a push and I was a little nervous with our reaction. And then in the second and the third, I liked the way that we reacted."

Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun missed the Nashville game with the flu. Tocchet believes he should be good to go against the Blues.

Forward Brendan Perlini's goal in the third gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead in the third period, but Arizona couldn't hold on against Nashville.

"All the guys are pros and we're all good at what we do," Perlini told NHL.com. "We have to try to be better every night and stay even-keeled and never get too low and never too high and just play the game hard."

Updated January 20, 2018

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