National Hockey League
Preview
St. Louis at Arizona
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

The St. Louis Blues are among the hottest teams in hockey and will face an opponent they have feasted on as they attempt to improve their playoff position. The Blues are one point behind Calgary for the top wild card and one in back of Nashville for third place in the Central Division entering Wednesday's matchup at the Arizona Coyotes in the second leg of a home-and-home.

"I love this time of year," St. Louis coach Mike Yeo after his team beat the visiting Coyotes 4-1 on Monday night for its 10th consecutive victory in the series. "... If you're a competitor, you love to play meaningful games at this time of the year." The surging Blues have won 10 of 12 overall (10-1-1) since a five-game skid to improve to 17-7-1 since Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock behind the bench at the beginning of February. St. Louis also owns a 14-game point streak (13-0-1) against Arizona and has not lost in regulation to the Coyotes in nearly five years, dating to April 6, 2012. Airzona, mired in last place in the Pacific Division, closed out a five-game road trip with three straight losses, managing one goal in each.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet360, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN Arizona

ABOUT THE BLUES (41-28-6): Jaden Schwartz scored twice in Monday's victory, giving him four goals in his last four games, which came on the heels of a lengthy drought in which he produced one tally in a span of 25 games. "Even when he wasn't scoring, he was contributing," said linemate Alexander Steen, who collected a career-high four assists as St. Louis' No. 1 line pierced the Coyotes for 10 points. "Eventually it turned in his favor." Vladimir Tarasenko has seven goals and 12 points in 11 games.

ABOUT THE COYOTES (27-40-9): The youth movement is in full swing in Arizona with top prospect Clayton Keller, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 draft and fresh out of Boston University, making his NHL debut against the Blues. Keller was among seven rookies in the lineup -- all under the age of 21 -- and received a memorable welcome when Tarasenko made it a point to offer his congratulations at the opening faceoff. "He's a star player, it's really special for him to do that," Keller said.

OVERTIME

1. G Jake Allen is 7-0-0 lifetime against Arizona and became the first Blues netminder to notched 30 wins in a season since Chris Mason (2009-10).

2. Coyotes D Anthony DeAngelo scored his fifth goal in St. Louis, making him and D Jakob Chychrun (7) the only rookie tandem with at least five goals this season.

3. Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo has scored in three of the last five games to match his career high with 12 goals.

PREDICTION: Blues 4, Coyotes 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
St. Louis 41-28-5-1 W1 22-11-4-1 19-17-1-0 2-3-0-0 39-25-5-1 12-11-2-0
Arizona 27-40-7-2 L3 16-16-3-2 11-24-4-0 1-1-0-0 26-39-7-2 10-12-5-0
Last Meeting
St. Louis Arizona
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/27/17 ARI 1 STL 4 28 21 0-2 22 24 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
St. Louis A. Steen 4
Arizona A. DeAngelo 1
Goals Player  
St. Louis J. Schwartz 2
Arizona A. DeAngelo 1
Assists Player  
St. Louis A. Steen 4
Arizona A. Goligoski 1
Saves Player  
St. Louis J. Allen 21
Arizona M. Smith 24
Season
Total Points Player  
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 71
Arizona R. Vrbata 55
Goals Player  
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 37
Arizona R. Vrbata 19
Assists Player  
St. Louis A. Steen 35
Arizona R. Vrbata 36
Saves Player  
St. Louis J. Allen 1372
Arizona M. Smith 1673
Quickchart Matchup
St. Louis Off vs  Arizona Def
2.8 GF
3.18 GA
28.1 Shots
33.8 Shots
46 PP
53 PK
Arizona Off vs  St. Louis Def
2.3 GF
2.65 GA
28.3 Shots
28 Shots
32 PP
37 PK