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After a devastating loss the Arizona Coyotes are still on the road and facing off against the St. Louis Blues.

St Louis Blues v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Game Preview

Let us never speak of last night again.

For most of the season St. Louis was one of the bottom teams in the Western Conference, but they were able to turn things around and now hold a playoff spot and are third in the Central Division. St. Louis seems to be slowing down a bit as of late though, and they are 2-2-1 in their last five games with losses to the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and an overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks. During that stretch Vladimir Tarasenko sustained an upper body injury. Tarasenko is St. Louis’ leading goal scorer and is second in points behind Ryan O’Reilly.

St. Louis isn’t a team that scores a lot. They are nineteenth in the league having scored 197 goals so far this season. Like the Coyotes though they don’t allow a lot of goals, and their 187 goals allowed is fifth best in the league. Their power play is surprisingly potent, scoring 20.1% of the time good for thirteenth in the league, and their penalty kill is good, killing 80.7% of penalties for fourteenth. For a team that is fifth in goals against its surprising that their penalty kill is only fourteenth, but it could be a good opportunity for the Coyotes to generate offense if they can get their power play clicking.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Christian Dvorak - Dvorak is riding a three game point streak and had the only assist during the game we’re not talking about today.

St. Louis: Brayden Schenn - Schenn had a power play goal in St. Louis’ game against the San Jose Sharks and has 13 goals this season.

Injuries

Arizona: Derek Stepan (lower body), Kyle Capobianco (lower body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body)

St. Louis: Pat Maroon (probable, leg), Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body), Erik Foley (concussion), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body), David Perron (concussion)

Poll

Poll

Will the Coyotes hold a playoff spot at the end of tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Yes
    (4 votes)
  • 63%
    No
    (7 votes)
11 votes total Vote Now