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Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Preview: The ‘Yotes Long Roadtrip Begins

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Beginning a five-game roadtrip, the Arizona Coyotes (6-5-1) head to Missouri as they square-off against the St. Louis Blues (5-5-1) inside Enterprise Center tonight at 6 p.m. MST.

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Just a few days ago, the ‘Yotes fought tooth and nail to the end before snatching a 4-3 shootout victory over the Seattle Kraken on Nov. 7.

Earning two points from the win, Arizona sit fourth in the Central Division and hold the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference, at the time of reporting.

Meanwhile, St. Louis are finishing up a four-game home stand tonight after losing 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday.

Previously, the Coyotes demolished the Blues 6-2 in St. Louis on Oct. 19 and will look to do the same this evening.

Or, St. Louis could try to avenge themselves from the blowout loss and tie Arizona in points with a win.

Here is all you need to know before puck-drop between the ‘Yotes and Blues commences:

Pregame Notes

For the second and last time this regular season, Coyotes left wing Clayton Keller will return to his home state of Missouri.

Tonight, this will mark the 14th time Keller has played an NHL game against the Blues.

Right now, Keller is second on the team in points with 11 after scoring five goals and assisting six times in 12 games, including a tally and helper against Seattle two days ago.

Ahead of him, Arizona right wing Nick Schmaltz leads the ‘Yotes with four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 12 contests.

On the other hand, St. Louis center Robert Thomas has been standout player for their organization this season so far.

Thomas has the most goals (5), assists (5) and points (10) out of all Blues players in 11 games.

Off to a cold start, St. Louis right wing Jordan Kyrou only has two goals after netting 37 last campaign.

With Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram starting in the win over the Kraken, Karel Vejmelka should get the nod to be the No. 1 in net tonight.

Additionally, ‘Yotes defenseman Travis Dermott blocked a shot with his hand last game against Seattle and is out indefinitely.

Even though there is no specification or timeline of the injury, Dermott skated right to the bench after Kraken center Matty Beniers’ wrist-shot hit Dermott’s thumb area in the third period.

Overall, the Coyotes are 71-74-18-6 against the Blues all-time in their franchises history.

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Alec Cipollini is the lead reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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