Having lost five games in succession, the St. Louis Blues (1st in Central Division) will try to bounce back while hosting the New Jersey Devils (8th in Metropolitan), who have won four of their last six contests…
Devils Win One MoreThe New Jersey Devils (22-26-10) ended last week on a positive note, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 after a shootout at Prudential Center on Sunday. It was the team’s fourth victory in its last six games (4-2-0) after New Jersey managed to pick up just one triumph in seven outings prior (1-3-3). The Devils are still occupying the dead last position in the Metropolitan Division, having collected 54 points from 58 matchups, trailing the playoff crowd of the Eastern Conference by 17 points. Kyle Palmieri leads the team with 22 goals and 41 points.
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood has made 41 appearances (37 starts) so far this year and is 19-12-7 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.79 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has never faced the St. Louis Blues before, but is 3-3-3 against the Central Division historically with a 2.89 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Devils, meanwhile, are scoring the 9th lowest number of goals per game (2.72), while giving up the 2nd highest bulk on the defensive end (3.41). They are 27th in power play (16.0%) and 14th in penalty kill (80.8%).
Blues Extend SkidThe current losing skid of the St. Louis Blues (32-17-10) extended to a season-high five consecutive outings (0-3-2) after the team lost both back-to-back, home-and-home contests against the Nashville Predators in a matter of 27 hours throughout the weekend. With that, the reigning Stanley Cup champions have now dropped 10 of their past 12 decisions (2-7-3) after winning four outings in a row previously. They are still leading the Central Division, being on level 74 points from 59 matchups with the Dallas Stars, with the Colorado Avalanche trailing the pair by a single point and with a game in hand. David Perron leads the Blues with 23 goals and 56 points.
"We’ve just got to battle through it. It’s a tough time right now obviously. We’re playing a lot of good hockey, but we’re not coming up with wins. But we just keep competing and working like we did the last two games we’re gonna be ok." - Berube pic.twitter.com/M1HSYwt8RY— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 17, 2020
After 42 starts so far this year, goalie Jordan Binnington has posted a 24-11-7 total for the season with a 2.72 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has won his only previous start versus New Jersey, allowing three goals on 23 shots in an 8-3 victory for St. Louis in February 2019, while Jake Allen (8-6-3 on the year with a 2.36 GAA and a .922 save percentage) has gone 7-0-0 against the Devils previously with a 1.27 GAA and a .948 save percentage. The Blues are 14th in most goals scored per game (3.15), 10th in least goals allowed on average (2.86), 4th in power play (24.7%) and 18th in penalty kill (79.1%).
New Jersey (according to Covers.com)
- Devils are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis.
- Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
St. Louis (according to Covers.com)
- Blues are 8-1 in their last 9 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Blues are 55-18 in their last 73 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.