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St. Louis Blues at Arizona Coyotes Preview: One Last Time

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The Arizona Coyotes (11-9-2) will complete their four-game regular season series with the St. Louis Blues (12-9-1) tonight as they clash inside Mullett Arena at 7 p.m. MST.

So far, the ‘Yotes are 1-2 vs. the Blues this season which contained two games that had wild outcomes and one that was a defensively tight battle.

Only three contests into the campaign, the Coyotes were able to crush the Blues 6-2 in St. Louis on Oct. 19.

However, Arizona fell 2-1 to the Blues on Nov. 9 despite a late push by the Desert Dogs.

Then on Nov. 22, the ‘Yotes and St. Louis had a chaotic second period of play with six goals combined and both teams making goalie changes.

But, Blues center Kevin Hayes would score the lone goal in the third period to power his team to a 6-5 victory in one of the most chaotic Coyotes games this season.

Because of the recent struggles against St. Louis, Arizona are on a roll as of late and this matchup couldn’t have come at a better time once again.

With wins over the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche, the Coyotes have taken down three teams in which have been dominant forces for the past few years.

Meanwhile, the Blues defeated the Buffalo Sabres in a 10-goal thriller, 6-4 on Nov. 30.

Tonight, it will be interesting to see what type of game will take place at Mullett Arena.

Here is all you need to know before the Coyotes take on the Blues one last time in the regular season:

Pregame Notes

After scoring a wrap-around vs. the Avalanche on Thursday, Coyotes left wing Michael Carcone now has 10 goals on the season.

As a result, Carcone tied fellow ‘Yote Lawson Crouse for the team lead in goals.

Furthermore, Arizona left wing Clayton Keller possesses the most amount of points out of any Coyote with 8 goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 22 games this campaign.

Since ‘Yotes right wing/center Nick Schmaltz buried a power-play goal against Colorado, Arizona are the sixth-best team in the NHL while on the man-advantage (25.0%).

On the other hand, St. Louis are tied with the Dallas Stars for the most shorthanded goals scored with six.

Blues center Robert Thomas has continued his hot start to 2023-24 as he has netted 8 goals and assisted 15 times for 23 points in 22 games.

Additionally, St. Louis winger Pavel Buchnevich has 7 points in his last four games after only 3 points in his first nine contests this year.

This game matchup has more significance than just them playing for the fourth and final time this season.

Only one point separates the Blues and Coyotes in the standings for fourth and fifth place in the Central Division.

Currently, St. Louis have 25 points and Arizona sit with 24.

Whoever wins tonight, they could tie the third-placed Winnipeg Jets who have 26.

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

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