Blues forward Sammy Blais (9) retrieves the puck from a scrum along the boards. (Photo courtesy: Scott Rovak, Getty Images)
11/12: Blues/Coyotes, 7 PM CT, Enterprise Center – FSMW, EPSN 101.1
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Blues (12-3-3) went a perfect 4-for-4 on their latest road trip and head home to host the Arizona Coyotes (10-6-2), looking for their 8th straight win. The Blues took a big six points against the top three teams in the Pacific after “Mr. Overtime” David Perron buried another OT winner in Calgary.
“I just feel like we turn the page every night,” Perron said, who has scored three overtime game-winners during the seven-game win streak. “We keep going back at it the next day and try to work some more, try to get better and keep cleaning up stuff from our game or individually.”
The Coyotes, after a hot start in the opening month, have slowed recently, blowing leads in four straight games and going 0-2-2. They managed a shootout win Monday night against Washington, after giving up two goals in the third period. “We’re still got a half-decent record, but we’re just [giving] points away,” Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet told NHL.com. “You want to have these points in the bank.”
The ‘Yotes and Notes meet for the first of three games this season tonight in Enterprise at 7pm CT. The Blues lost the season series last year against Arizona, winning one of three and getting outscored 2-9 in those losses. Jordan Binnington, tied for 1st in the league with 9 wins, can likely get the start between the pipes.
Brouwer and McGinn Sign PTOs
With some of the injuries mounting in St. Louis, the Blues announced on Monday that former Blue Troy Brouwer and Jamie McGinn signed professional tryout contracts with the team. Both players have yet to play an NHL game this season, as the 34-year-old Brouwer has been skating with a junior team in Calgary. McGinn, 31, has skated a couple games with the Hurricane’s AHL affiliate.
Brouwer skated with the Blues during the 2015-16 season, scoring 39 points and helping the Blues advance as far as the Conference Finals. Jamie McGinn has scored 117 goals and 220 points over his 11-year NHL career, and was even involved in the Ryan O’Reilly trade that sent him to Buffalo.
Rather than look to the youth players in San Antonio, Armstrong felt that experience will be the key factor in the callups to replace injured players. “We’re down to 12 healthy forwards right now. In our game in Calgary, I think we had eight players on our roster with less than 200 NHL games,” Armstrong said in his media address. “We started five guys with less than 100 at the start of the season. It’s an experienced league and we want to make sure… to see if there were any experienced players that can help us.
“With our depth in the American Hockey League, we’re really excited with how Walker’s playing and Kostin and Kyrou, but you look at their experience, it’s not there,” Armstrong continued. “We don’t want to get in a situation where we have 11 or 12 players without experience. There’s no guarantees for Jamie or for Troy, but we’re going to bring them in and take a look at them.”
Brouwer and McGinn’s PTOs will last 10 days, and are ineligible to play until they are offered contracts.
David Perron has three overtime winners in his first 20 games, setting an NHL record.
O’Reilly grabbed a goal and an assist in his 100th game with the Blues in the win over the Flames.
The Blues’ 7-game win streak is the longest active streak and second-longest in the league this season.
The Blue and Coyotes drop the puck in St. Louis tonight at 8pm ET. To follow the game tonight, head to:
STL – FSMW, ESPN 101.1, Fox Sports GO, NHL.com
ARI – FSAZ+, FOX 910, Fox Sports GO, NHL.com
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