Preview: Rangers at Blues
The St. Louis Blues bid to record the NHL's longest home winning streak of the season on Saturday when they look for their eighth straight victory at Enterprise Center against the New York Rangers. St. Louis matched Dallas with seven consecutive wins at home after edging San Jose on Tuesday and toppling Buffalo two nights later.
"We take a lot of pride in playing in front of our fans and in our town," Blues forward Alexander Steen told reporters after collecting two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Sabres. "We want to make sure that it's a difficult place to play in, but in saying that, we don't really change much as far as on the road and at home." Linemates Robert Thomas (one goal, two assists) and Tyler Bozak (one goal, two assists) also recorded three-point performances on Thursday for St. Louis, which sports a 10-2-1 record in its last 13 games. New York, however, won both encounters with the Blues last season and has erupted for 11 goals in its last two contests overall. Tony DeAngelo recorded his first career hat trick in Thursday's 6-3 victory over New Jersey and added a pair of assists for the third five-point performance by a Rangers defenseman -- with Hall of Famer Brian Leetch accomplishing the feat on the two previous occasions.
TIME: 8 p.m. ET. TV: MSG (New York), FS Midwest (St. Louis)
ABOUT THE RANGERS (21-18-4): DeAngelo completed his hat trick with two tallies in a 2:54 span in the second period, making the 24-year-old the first New York defenseman to score three times since Reijo Ruotsalainen accomplished the feat on March 17, 1982. "He's had a pretty special season in a lot of ways," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "He's got a unique skill set. His vision is uncanny; he is as good of a passer as I have been around." Artemi Panarin, who has a nice skill set of his own, has notched at least three points in five of his last seven games overall and has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 14 career meetings with St. Louis.
ABOUT THE BLUES (28-10-7): David Perron extended his point streak to three games (three goals, two assists) after scoring in his third consecutive contest on Thursday. The 31-year-old, who leads the team in goals (19) and points (45), set up a tally for reigning Selke Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Ryan O'Reilly in a 2-1 loss to New York on Dec. 31, 2018, and also scored in a 4-2 setback to the Rangers on March 29. O'Reilly, who leads the club with 32 assists, has notched six of them during his four-game point streak.
1. New York owns a 6-2-2 record in its last 10 encounters against St. Louis.
2. The Blues are the lone NHL team without a regulation loss after scoring the first goal of the game (20-0-5).
3. New York LW Chris Kreider has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 11 career meetings with St. Louis while C Mika Zibanejad has 12 (five goals, seven assists) in the same span.
PREDICTION: Blues 4, Rangers 1