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Desperate Coyotes pay visit to stingy Blues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM
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Desperate Coyotes pay visit to stingy Blues
Phoenix Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues


The Blues continue a four-game homestand on Thursday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center (Getty Images).
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  • This season, the Blues are 2-0 against the Coyotes and have outscored them 9-3. The Blues have won five of their last six against Phoenix.
  • Chris Stewart has seven points (three goals and four assists) against the Coyotes this season.
  • Patrik Berglund has five goals in his last five games against Phoenix dating back to last season.
  • Alexander Steen has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his last 11 meetings with the Coyotes.
  • Barret Jackman has a plus or even rating in 15 consecutive games against Phoenix (+17).

COYOTES (18-17-7) at BLUES (24-16-2)


Last 10: Phoenix 5-2-3; St. Louis 7-3-0

Season series: This is the third of three meetings this season between the two teams. In the most recent clash on March 15, St. Louis Blues rookie Jake Allen made 28 saves to preserve a 3-0 victory at Scottrade Center. Forward Chris Stewart had two goals and one assist in the win.

Big story: The Phoenix Coyotes' slim playoff hopes took a hit on Monday following a 4-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Phoenix had earned a point in eight of its previous nine games prior to the loss. With just six games remaining, the Coyotes are in 11th place in the Western Conference with 43 points and would likely need to run the table to avoid missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in four years.

Team Scope:

Coyotes: Faced with a must-win against the Sharks on Monday on home ice, the Coyotes were outshot, 24-7, and outscored, 3-0, in the second period on the way to being shut out for the seventh time this season. Goalie Jason LaBarbera made 37 saves standing in for injured goalie Mike Smith, who sustained a lower-body injury in practice on Sunday and was unable to make it through Monday's morning skate.

"What frustrates me is when you have situations when you don't think we're playing as well as we can," coach Dave Tippett said. "We don't have enough players impacting the outcome of the game in a positive way. We've got too many players that are just taking up a spot right now."

Blues: The Blues halted a two-game losing streak and helped coach Ken Hitchcock earn career win No. 600 in the National Hockey League following a 2-1 shootout decision over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals and goalie Brian Elliott made it stand. Despite the victory, St. Louis has not scored more than two goals in any of its last six games, relying on the stellar play of Elliott and Allen to begin the month. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored his first goal as a member of the Blues to pull his team into a 1-1 tie in the third period.

Who's hot: Elliott rebounded strong after allowing two goals on 24 shots in a 2-0 loss to Chicago on Sunday with a 22-save performance in a shootout win over the Canucks two days later. The 28-year-old goalie is 6-1-0 in his last seven decisions with a 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and three shutouts.

Injury report: Left wing Lauri Korpikoski (upper body) and goalie Smith (lower body) are listed day-to-day for Phoenix. … St. Louis forwards Scott Nichol (lower body) and T.J. Oshie (foot) are questionable while goalie Jaroslav Halak (lower body) is out.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 18 '13 PHX 1 at STL 2 - SO A. McDonald
Mar 14 '13 PHX 0 at STL 3 C. Stewart
Mar 07 '13 STL 6 at PHX 3 S. Nichol
M. Boedker4371825-11032
S. Doan43131124+53102
K. Yandle4391524+14442
R. Vrbata2981422+11220
O. Ekman-Larsson4331922+62401
M. Hanzal34111021-22042
D. Moss4151520+51910
A. Vermette4310818-42623
B. Gordon434913+0800
S. Sullivan335712-82020
R. Torres285712-11300
K. Chipchura414812+15000
L. Korpikoski326511-31010
D. Morris3801111-63600
R. Klinkhammer18459+61001
M. Lombardi21448+0411
R. Klesla33167-21600
M. Stone36426+01610
N. Johnson17426+3011
D. Schlemko25044+51000
P. Bissonnette24044+23600
C. Conner7112+3000
Z. Michalek29022+51200
D. Rundblad8011-5000
A. Bolduc10000-4200
C. Summers6000-3900
C. Brown5000+0200
A. Miele1000+1000
M. Smith3013-11-4748162.60.909
J. LaBarbera143-6-2293722.61.922
C. Johnson42-0-251081.21.954
C. Stewart43161531+23843
D. Perron43101525+04222
A. Steen3571825+51423
D. Backes4351924+45811
P. Berglund4315722-31042
A. Pietrangelo4251722+01020
K. Shattenkirk4341822+11620
T. Oshie3071320-51521
J. Bouwmeester4271219-72210
V. Sobotka4381018-43112
V. Tarasenko338917-11031
A. McDonald3251217-21411
B. Jackman433912+63900
J. Schwartz404610-6400
J. Leopold34268-81400
C. Porter24246+4002
W. Redden23235-21100
R. Polak43145-44401
K. Russell31145+4410
A. Cracknell16224+1200
R. Reaves38123+07000
M. D'Agostini16112-4200
S. Nichol30101-22501
I. Cole15011-41000
J. Langenbrunner4011+1000
A. Murray1000+0000
D. Jaskin1000+0000
B. Elliott1910-7-1414252.42.904
J. Allen149-4-0323342.46.904
J. Halak166-5-1292862.14.899

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