[7:08 PM] Blues @ Bruins

Who will WIN this matchup?

St. Louis Blues (10-6-3)

@ Boston Bruins (11-7-0)


Starting Goalies:

Jake Allen (STL): Confirmed

Tuukka Rask(BOS): Likely


The last time David Backes was on the ice with the St. Louis Blues, he was leading the line for a congratulatory handshake following a loss to the San Jose Sharks in last season’s Western Conference finals. Backes figures to be shaking plenty of hands, albeit on a less somber note, when he and the Boston Bruins host the Blues on Tuesday night.

Forward Alexander Steen (upper body) will miss his third straight game and has not skated since Thursday, but the team said he is not dealing with a concussion. Forward David Perron has scored in consecutive games and has a four-game point streak.

Boston has won four of five overall and has posted three straight lopsided victories at home — a huge sign for a team that went a meager 17-18-6 at TD Garden last season. Leading goal scorer scorer David Pastrnak is expected to miss his third straight game, but undrafted free agent Tim Schaller has scored twice in the past four contests.

Blues G Jake Allen, who has won three straight starts, is 2-1-0 with an 0.86 goals-against average versus Boston.

Bruins G Tuukka Rask has permitted five goals during his current 5-1-0 run.

Blues F Vladimir Tarasenko, who netted his team-best seventh goal Saturday, has scored three times in five games against Boston.


StreakSmarts Pick: Boston Bruins

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick