View from St. Louis
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St. Louis has all but locked down a playoff berth, and is now chasing the Nashville Predators for a chance to avoid the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. Stronger play from Jake Allen is definitely making a difference, as is the continuing great play of Vladimir Tarasenko.
It’s no question that a team wants to have a strong March; it gives them momentum going into the playoffs and can help secure a playoff spot, and the Blues are having a very strong March. After a 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets to start the month they are 10-2-1.
View from Arizona
The Coyotes are showing that they are a young team with now seven rookies in the line up and five of them are under the age of 20. Clayton Keller had a solid first game, but let’s see if he gets a nice welcome in his first home game of the season. The Coyotes, defensively, have been better than some of their more horrifically bad games. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is starting to look like himself again and Jakob Chychrun is playing like an older than 18.
With six games left, the Coyotes season is almost over, but we will continue see what a young team will look and play like. This is a good glimpse of the future for the Coyotes.
1. Will the Coyotes be able to score? The Coyotes were finally able to put something past Jake Allen in the second period of the game on Monday. Hopefully, they can find a way to score again tonight.
2. Are the youth getting it done? The youth have definitely been holding up their end of the bargain, can they get more on the board tonight or will the vets take over?
3. What will happen in Clayton Keller’s first home game? Keller may make his home arena debut tonight and let’s not put a soul crushing pressure on this kid. He had a solid first game, but the Blues defense made it difficult for him to show what he’s made of.
Players to Watch
St. Louis- Jaden Schwartz- On Monday he had two goals and an assist, when he’s hot he’s hot. Schwartz is a good player who just hit 50 points for the season.
Arizona – Jakob Chychrun- On Monday Chychrun was on another level playing wise. He has matured playing wise so much through the season that we are finally seeing what he is able to do.
St Louis - Paul Stastny, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera, and Robby Fabbri are all out indefinitely or for at least for the rest of the season in the case of Fabbri, with lower body, shoulder, concussion, and knee injuries respectively.
Arizona – Shane Doan will miss his sixth game with a lower body injury. Kevin Connauton and Brad Richardson continue to be out indefinitely with an upper body and leg injuries respectively.
Tonight’s game will be at 7:30 pm Arizona time and will be airing on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Go and on the radio on ESPN Phoenix 620AM.