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Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Preview

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After two-straight losses in New York, the Arizona Coyotes (1-2) wrap-up a four-game roadtrip as they face the St. Louis Blues (1-0-1) at Enterprise Center at 5 p.m. MST.

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Following a 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 13, the Coyotes lost against the New York Rangers 2-1 and Islanders 1-0 on Oct. 16-17.

So far, Arizona has competed against three teams who made the playoffs last season and will now face a Central Division rival in the Blues.

Like the ‘Yotes, all the games St. Louis has played to this point have been decided by one goal.

On Oct. 12, the Blues took the Dallas Stars to a shootout and eventually lost 2-1.

Then, St. Louis’ home opener against the Seattle Kraken went to yet another shootout and they won 2-1 on Oct 14.

When looking at this matchup between the Coyotes and Blues, both teams seem evenly matched and may come down to just one opportunity.

Here is all you need to know before both squads face-off at Enterprise Center this evening:

Pregame Notes

The game will be especially significant for one player, and that is Coyotes forward Clayton Keller.

Keller, a Missouri native, will make his 13th NHL appearance in his home state when Arizona plays the Blues.

The Yotes have a three-way tie for their points leader as Keller, winger Nick Schmaltz and rookie center Logan Cooley all have 3.

For Cooley, his 3 assists in 3 games is the most out of any NHL rookie so far and is tied in points by rookies alongside Chicago Blackhawks’ “generational talent” Connor Bedard.

As for the Blues, they are led by emerging star Jordan Kyrou.

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2019 against the Boston Burins, the Blues haven’t necessarily been in a rebuild, but more of a retool.

Letting go of players like former captain Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbeshev, both of whom won the Stanley Cup last year with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, among others has seen a lot of turnover since St. Louis were champions four years ago and Kyrou has emerged as the face of the franchise.

Even though his rookie year was when the Blues won the cup and he only played 16 games, Kyrou has blossomed into a serial goal-scorer.

Last year, Kyrou amassed 37 goals and 36 assists for 73 points in 79 games.

Already this campaign, Kyrou scored the only goal in regulation against the Kraken in their last game.

After being injured in their game against Seattle, St. Louis forward Pavel Buchnevich will not play tonight, according to multiple sources.

In 63 games last year, Buchnevich potted 26 goals and assisted 41 times as he recorded 67 points, so him missing is a big loss.

History

All-time, Arizona is 70-74-18-6 against St. Louis.

Additionally, the Coyotes went 2-1 against the Blues last campaign.

At Mullett Arena, Arizona won 5-0 on Jan. 23 and 6-2 on Mar. 7.

As for the lone game in St. Louis, the Blues won 6-5 in overtime on Feb. 11.

Coyotes leave New York empty-handed after 1-0 loss to the Islanders.

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes, Cardinals and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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