8:09 pm
December 1

Blues @ Coyotes

Who will WIN this matchup?

St. Louis Blues (9-12-3)

@ Arizona Coyotes (11-11-2)


Starting Goalies:

Jake Allen (STL): Unconfirmed

Adin Hill (ARI): Confirmed


Current odds:

St. Louis Blues: (+105)

Arizona Coyotes: (-125)


 The Arizona Coyotes look to ride the wave of momentum after an impressive two-game road trip when they come home to play the struggling St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. The Coyotes edged Minnesota 4-3 on Tuesday to open the trek before rookie Adin Hill, forced into the net with the top two goalies injured, turned aside 29 shots for his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory at Nashville on Thursday. Schmaltz, who came over from the Blackhawks for forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, hopes to keep it going as the Coyotes seek a third straight win over the Blues.

• St. Louis looks to post back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 6 and 9 after coughing up a two-goal lead before beating Colorado 3-2 in overtime on defenseman Colton Parayko’s goal. It was only the third victory in the last 10 games for the Blues, who own the second-least points in the league (21), and the second in five contests since Craig Berube took over as interim coach.

• Right wing Vladimir Tarasenko has answered a 10-game goal drought with tallies in three straight games and owns 20 points – second on the team and seven behind center Ryan O’Reilly, who was kept off the scoresheet Friday. Parayko’s goal was his first since Nov. 1 against Vegas and his first point in 10 games while fellow defenseman Joel Edmundson had a pair of assists. Veteran forward Alex Steen, who scored his sixth goal Friday, left the game with an upper-body injury after taking an elbow from Erik Johnson and his status for Saturday is uncertain.

• Hill, who has stopped all 35 shots in the three games he has played in the NHL this season, got his first start with Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper sidelined due to lower-body injuries. “You are putting a guy in that position and he wasn’t nervous at all,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet told reporters of Hill, who made four starts with the team last season. “You’re playing in a tough building, one of the best teams in the league and he did a nice job.” Forward Clayton Keller has two of his team-leading seven goals in the last three games and tops the Coyotes with 15 points.

• St. Louis D Robert Bortuzzo returned to the lineup Friday after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury.

• Arizona claimed G Calvin Pickard on waivers from Philadelphia on Thursday.

• The Blues went 3-of-6 on the power play over the last two games after going 1-of-24 across the previous nine contests.

StreakSmarter Pick
Arizona Coyotes