Blues look to stay hot against Coyotes

Apr 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) takes a shot as Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris (53) defends during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

What: St. Louis Blues vs. Phoenix Coyotes

When: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Scottrade Center

TV: NBC Sports Network

Radio: KMOX 1120

It was no secret heading into the season: with 12 of their first 18 games to be played at home, a fast start was imperative for the Blues.

Well, 15 games into the season, the Blues have done just that, matching their best start in franchise history with an 11-2-2 record.

Winners of their last three games overall and six of their last seven, the Blues look to continue their torrid start to the season Tuesday night when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to the Scottrade Center.

The Blues will look to build on a 7-1-1 home record as well as a 2-0 record on their current five-game home stand.

Early into the 2013-14 season, Phoenix looks to be back to their winning ways after missing the playoffs for only the first time in in the last four seasons in 2013. The Coyotes bring a 12-4-2 record (8-2 in their last 10) into St. Louis and currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Blues.

Like the Blues, the Coyotes strength is their defense, boasting one of the top defensive pairings in the NHL- Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Yandle and Ekman-Larsson have scored a combined 27 points this season, five more than the Blues top pairing of Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester have tallied.

Pietrangelo and Ekman-Larsson have received a lot of comparisons early on in their young careers. It will definitely be interesting to watch when those two are on the ice at the same time.

The Blues will most likely be welcoming back veteran winger Brenden Morrow into the fold on Tuesday after he was activated from injured reserve on Monday. Morrow practiced on the fourth line yesterday with Maxim Lapierre and Ryan Reaves and will most likely take the ice with these two against the Coyotes.

 

 

 

 

Topics: Alex Pietrangelo, Brenden Morrow, Jay Bouwmeester, Keith Yandle, NHL, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, St. Louis Blues

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