A pair of Western Conference teams take the ice in the Gateway City. The Arizona Coyotes continue a road swing as they travel to face the defending champion St. Louis Blues Tuesday night. Arizona was in action on Monday night in the nation’s capital as they faced Washington on Monday night: they were upended 4-3 by Minnesota at home Saturday night in their previous game. St. Louis came up with a 3-2 overtime win over Calgary on the road Saturday in their previous contest. The Coyotes have won four of the previous five meetings, including a 3-1 road win in the most recent matchup on March 12, 2019.
Arizona Coyotes Play Second Game of Back to BackArizona was in Washington Monday night to face the Capitals so they log the second game of a back to back, not to mention their third game in four nights, here. The Coyotes entered Monday fifth in the Pacific Division, one point behind Vancouver and Vegas, who were tied for third, and six back of division-leading Edmonton. Arizona is 20th in the league in goals for as they average 2.82 goals per contest on the season. The Coyotes are tied for second in the league in goals against by allowing 2.41 goals per game on the year. Arizona is 22nd in the league with the man advantage as they successfully convert 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season. The Coyotes are 22nd in the league in penalty killing by successfully getting through 78.4 percent of their shorthanded situations.
The Coyotes had some opportunities but led a first-period lead slip away in a home loss to Minnesota Saturday night. Arizona outshot Minnesota 9-5 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room. Michael Grabner opened the scoring with his fifth of the year off an assist from Aaron Ness at 8:50 to give Arizona the lead. Jakob Chychrun doubled the lead to 2-0 with his fourth of the year off assists from Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak at 12:40 of the opening period. During the second period, the Coyotes were outshot 14-12 and outscored 3-1 to leave the score tied after 40 minutes. After Minnesota scored to make it 2-1, Vinnie Hinostroza scored his second of the year off assists from Jordan Oesterle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson at 8:20 to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. The Wild tallied two goals later in the period to even the score. In the final period, Arizona held a 14-5 edge in shots but they gave up the lone goal to end up with the loss. Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in the loss as Arizona owned a 35-24 edge in shots on goal. Antti Raanta is expected to get the call in net for this one.
St. Louis Blues Seek to Keep RollingSt. Louis needed overtime but doused the Flames and picked up their seventh straight victory in the process. The Blues entered Monday holding the top spot in the Central Division by five points over Colorado. St. Louis is 11th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.17 goals per game on the year. The Blues are 10th in goals against by allowing 2.78 goals per contest this year. St. Louis is 3rd with the man advantage as the team converts 27.6 percent of their power play chances this season. The Blues are tied for 14th in penalty killing as they successfully kill off 81.5 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
The Blues continued their hot run as they managed to chill the Flames in overtime. St. Louis held a 12-10 edge in shots in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Ivan Barbashev scored his second of the year at 3:17 off assists from Oskar Sundqvist and Mackenzie MacEachern to open the scoring. In the second period, the shots were even at 10 with St. Louis tallying the lone goal to take a 2-0 lead. Ryan O’Reilly scored his fifth of the year, on the power play, at 13:06, off assists from David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo. The third period saw the Blues outshot 7-4 and outscored 2-0 to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, each team had two shots on goal but Perron’s eighth of the year, off assists from O’Reilly and Pietrangelo, came on the power play at 2:46 of the extra session to give the Blues the win. Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for St. Louis in the win: the Blues were outshot 29-28 in the contest. He’s expected to be in net for this contest again.
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