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Fresh off comeback win, Oilers challenge Blues

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 9:48 AM


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Fresh off comeback win, Oilers challenge Blues
Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues

OILERS (23-35-8) at BLUES (44-14-7)


Last 10: Edmonton 5-3-2; St. Louis 7-2-1

Blue Notes: The Blues have won seven of their last eight games against the Oilers and have points in 14 of their last 16 against them (13-2-1). David Backes has four goals and four assists in his last eight games against Edmonton, and Alex Pietrangelo has three goals and five assists in his last eight against the Oilers. Blues Assistant Equipment Manager Joel Farnsworth will be working his 1,000th professional hockey game. David Perron will make his first visit to Scottrade Center since being traded to Edmonton.

Season series: The St. Louis Blues are going for the season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers, having won two previous games, 6-0 and 5-2, in Edmonton.

Big story: In a matchup featuring a team with the most points in the NHL (St. Louis, 95) and a team with the fewest points in the Western Conference (Edmonton, 54), one team is heading toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs while the other will have a top draft pick. But each team is playing well: The Oilers have points in seven of 10 games; the Blues have won seven of 10.

Team Scope:

Oilers: Goaltender Viktor Fasth made his Edmonton debut Tuesday and settled down after allowing three first-period goals. He made 28 saves when the Oilers beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-3 in a shootout.

"I [gave up] three goals early in the game and it couldn't get worse than that," Fasth said. "Just have to battle your way through and fight your way into the game."

Edmonton has been making a habit of trailing early and coming back in the third period recently. The Oilers trailed 2-0 Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win against the New York Islanders and get a chance to play spoiler again against the Blues.

"It would have been real easy to pack it in and call it a night and get on to the next game, but our guys refused to do it," coach Dallas Eakins said Tuesday.

Blues: Goaltender Ryan Miller had been perfect in four games with St. Louis prior to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

"We're looking to play good hockey and make sure we are trending in the right direction coming into the playoffs and [Tuesday] wasn't a great step in that direction," captain David Backes said. "Back to putting in the work. We get another chance at it Thursday and hopefully a good two points as we look to get back on track."

Miller made 27 saves, allowing three goals; it was the first time in nine games St. Louis allowed at least three goals.

"This will be a good opportunity for this team to bounce back after a really nice stretch of five games," Miller said. "We were in the game [Tuesday] -- it could have gone either way -- now we have to really fight to get that feeling back."

Who's hot: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle has five points in five games. Forward Taylor Hall has five points over his past four games. … Blues wing Vladimir Tarasenko has an assist in three straight games. Miller has allowed nine goals in five games, and is 4-0-1 with St. Louis.

Injury report: Oilers defenseman Anton Belov (oblique) is on injured reserve. … The Blues have forward Vladimir Sobotka (leg) and defenseman Jordan Leopold (ankle) on IR.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 13 '14 EDM 2 at STL 6 A. Pietrangelo
Jan 07 '14 STL 5 at EDM 2 D. Backes
Dec 21 '13 STL 6 at EDM 0 C. Stewart
T. Hall60224062-113241
J. Eberle66212950-151864
D. Perron63252247-56472
R. Nugent-Hopkins65152944-172053
S. Gagner5472431-203311
A. Hemsky5591726-132021
J. Schultz5981725-171401
N. Yakupov61111324-333241
R. Smyth5791322-153451
B. Gordon6181220-111211
M. Arcobello4141418-7811
A. Ference6421315-145300
J. Petry655914-153400
P. Larsen19257-5800
M. Hendricks62426-68401
R. Jones45246+04001
A. Belov48156-143200
J. Joensuu41325-161611
C. Potter16055+02100
L. Gazdic59224-711300
N. Schultz60044-112400
W. Acton23213-11400
T. Fedun4202-1000
M. Fraser29112-115400
L. Smid17112-61600
M. Marincin29022+31200
T. Pitlick3101+0000
B. Eager7011+1200
D. Grebeshkov7011+0200
O. Klefbom2011-1000
A. Lander12000-3000
M. Brown8000+11900
B. Hunt3000-3000
R. Horak2000-1000
R. Hamilton2000-2000
L. Omark1000-1000
B. Scrivens3012-11-4618732.24.930
D. Dubnyk3211-17-2948853.36.894
I. Bryzgalov205-8-5576223.01.908
V. Fasth63-2-1181622.92.889
J. LaBarbera71-3-0191463.28.870
R. Bachman30-2-17833.02.916
T. Oshie66173653+193454
A. Steen55292352+134058
J. Schwartz64212950+272131
D. Backes61212546+108783
A. Pietrangelo6683745+201821
V. Tarasenko63202242+191653
K. Shattenkirk6593140+102865
D. Roy6492736+22442
J. Bouwmeester6642832+241610
P. Berglund63121729+113421
V. Sobotka4782028+205811
C. Stewart58151126+211233
B. Morrow59101121+24832
S. Ott6691221-276261
B. Jackman6531114+165801
M. Lapierre567613+14401
M. Paajarvi446612-2401
R. Polak564610+93900
I. Cole413710+152300
R. Reaves47246+010000
J. Leopold24156+2400
C. Colaiacovo14123-11000
D. Jaskin9112+0400
A. Cracknell17022+2000
C. Porter11011+2000
J. Halak4024-9-48310022.23.917
R. Miller4620-22-411915562.60.924
B. Elliott2616-5-2495842.07.916

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