NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
St. Louis 0 0 0 0
Ottawa 0 1 1 2
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET20:30 BRT, March 14, 2019
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario  Attendance: 13,378

Blues, Sens both looking to break slides when they face off

St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators

  1. St. Louis beat Ottawa, 3-2, on January 19, and has taken points in 12 of the last 13 meetings between these teams dating back to the 2010-11 season, going 8-1-4 against the Sens over that span.
  2. St. Louis lost, 3-1, to Arizona on Tuesday, despite totaling 40 shots on goal. The Blues have reached the 40-SOG plateau four times in their last 11 games after doing so three times in their first 58 games this season. They are 3-4-0 when taking 40+ SOG, 26th in the NHL.
  3. Filip Chlapik, who has since been sent back to the minors, became the 29th Senators player with a goal this season in the team's last game. The Sens now have the most different goal-scorers in the NHL.
  4. Thomas Chabot had an assist in his last game, giving him 74 career points in 126 games. The only active defensemen to reach 75 points in fewer games than Chabot can were John Klingberg (104), Dion Phaneuf (124) and Shayne Gostisbehere (126).
  5. Despite missing his team's first two games of the month, Brayden Schenn is tied for the team-lead with five points over four games in March (2g, 3a). He looks to make this the second month of the season in which he averages over a point per game, as he had 12 points over 10 games in February.
  6. Ryan O'Reilly has 19 points in 19 career games against the Senators. Ottawa is one of five teams against which O'Reilly has tallied at least a point per game. He had two assists in the first meeting between these teams this season.

Minus their leading goal-scorer, the St. Louis Blues need to start generating some offense.

They will look to do that while trying to avoid a third consecutive loss in this opener of a three-game trip Thursday night against the lowly Ottawa Senators, who are trying to avoid a season-high sixth straight home defeat.

St. Louis lost forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an upper-body injury during last Thursday's 4-0 win at Los Angeles. Tarasenko scored his team-leading 28th goal in that contest, but is out at least until next week.

Since then, the Blues lost 3-2 in overtime at San Jose and 3-1 to Arizona at home Tuesday. In the latter, they held a 40-22 shots-on-goal advantage, but mustered only Jaden Schwartz's power-play score late in the third while down 2-0.

"We've just got to find ways to score goals," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo told the Blues' official website. "One goal, 6-on-5, or just on the power play, isn't good enough right now."

St. Louis still sits third in the Central Division, but Dallas is just two points back.

"We have to respond and get back on track," said forward Ryan O'Reilly, who has four of his team-leading 67 points in the last four games. "It's a tight race right now."

And the Blues hope they won't be without a couple of other key pieces moving forward.

While forward David Perron (upper-body injury), out since mid-January, may be nearing a return, winger Brayden Schenn, who recently missed six games with a concussion, was banged up Tuesday. The status of defenseman Joel Edmundson is uncertain after he suffered a lower-body injury against the Coyotes.

St. Louis has lost three straight two other times this season, but not since Nov. 17-21. The Blues play the next three versus Eastern Conference opponents, beginning with an Ottawa team they've outscored 16-3 during a four-game series winning streak.

O'Reilly helped set up Carl Gunnarsson's go-ahead goal at 12:16 into the third period of January's 3-2 home victory over the Senators. St. Louis rookie Jordan Binnington made 28 saves in that contest.

Binnington went 10-1-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average in February, but is 1-2-0 with a 3.09 in March. Teammate Jake Allen is 4-2-2 with a 2.25 goals-against average in his last eight starts -- all of which have come on the road.

Already eliminated from playoff contention, Ottawa is mired in a 1-10-1 stretch following Monday's 3-2 loss at Philadelphia. Despite the Senators boasting a league-low 52 points, four of their last five games have been decided by one goal.

"We're doing the best we can to make it exciting," forward Zack Smith, who has two goals with an assist in five games, told the Senators official website. "We're a young group here. Our main goal is (to) get better every night. I think we're doing that, we're making strides."

Ottawa can take a positive step forward by avoiding its first six-game home slide since 2010-11.

The Senators' Craig Anderson is 0-12-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average as a starter since beating Nashville on Dec. 17. He stopped 35 shots in January during his fourth straight losing decision versus St. Louis.

Backup Anders Nilsson has a 5.14 goals-against average in his last five starts.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 13, 2019

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