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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



ST LOUIS (11-9-0-2, 24 pts.) at PHOENIX (11-9-0-3, 25 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/7/2013 9:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
69ST LOUIS-115Ov 5,-140-120Ov 5,-135
70PHOENIX-105Un 5,+120+100Un 5,+115
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-11-0-4.211-11-4.213-62.927.63.023.1
Team Stats (Road Games)6-5-0+0.76-5+0.77-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.22-3-1.22-
ST LOUIS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)22642618164360810.5%722027.8%114
Team Stats (Road Games)113517963330211.6%32928.1%59
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511443001149.6%1218.3%21
Stats Against (All Games) 672420212250913.2%791519.0%118
Stats Against (Road Games) 34146131128711.8%471123.4%59
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 166280011613.8%1715.9%27
ST LOUIS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JAKE ALLEN (All Games)5411410289.5%03-1+23-1-0+23-1
JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)33817390.1%03-0+3.23-0-0+33-0
JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)441069690.6%03-1+23-1-0+23-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)11822118885.1%02-6-7.62-6-0-84-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)6311910890.8%01-2-1.21-2-0-10-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)43816782.7%00-3-4.60-3-0-51-0
JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)101017315388.4%36-4+1.56-4-0+26-4
JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)55867283.7%12-3-1.42-3-0-14-1
JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)44817086.4%02-2-0.12-2-002-2
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-12-0-1.411-12-1.413-82.930.82.828.7
Team Stats (Home Games)8-5-0+2.18-5+2.18-53.432.82.726.2
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.23-2+1.24-13.429.03.228.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2367122130457089.5%871416.1%111
Team Stats (Home Games)1344812222342610.3%45817.8%76
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5172582314511.7%1119.1%26
Stats Against (All Games) 65182420346609.8%771316.9%109
Stats Against (Home Games) 35121661034110.3%44715.9%59
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 165650114411.1%13323.1%28
PHOENIX - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)22424095.2%11-1-0.31-1-000-2
BRENT JOHNSON (Home Games)22424095.2%11-1-0.31-1-000-2
CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JASON LABARBERA (All Games)6312511592.0%10-3-30-3-0-32-1
JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)41686392.6%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)42696492.8%10-2-20-2-0-21-1
MIKE SMITH (All Games)181849144290.0%310-8+1.910-8-0+311-5
MIKE SMITH (Home Games)101023120387.9%27-3+3.47-3-0+47-3
MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)4411610287.9%03-1+2.23-1-0+34-0
Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.22,  PHOENIX 3.19
ST LOUIS - Schedule
2/9/2013ANAHEIM5-6L0, -185L5 ovO
2/11/2013LOS ANGELES1-4L0, -160L5 ovP
2/13/2013at DETROIT4-3W0, +100W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at CALGARY5-2W0, -125W5.5 unO
2/17/2013at VANCOUVER4-3W0, +125W5.5 unO
2/19/2013SAN JOSE1-2L0, -130L5.5 unU
2/20/2013at COLORADO0-1L0, -125L5.5 unU
2/23/2013COLUMBUS2-1W0, -230W5.5 unU
2/28/2013CHICAGO0-3L0, -110L5 ovU
3/1/2013EDMONTON4-2W0, -160W5 ovO
3/3/2013at DALLAS1-4L0, -115L5 ovP
3/5/2013at LOS ANGELES4-6L0, +115L5 unO
3/7/2013at PHOENIX 
3/9/2013at SAN JOSE 
3/10/2013at ANAHEIM 
3/12/2013SAN JOSE 

PHOENIX - Schedule
2/9/2013at SAN JOSE1-0W0, +140W5.5 unU
2/11/2013at COLORADO3-2W0, -115W5 ovP
2/14/2013at NASHVILLE0-3L0, +100L5 unU
2/16/2013COLUMBUS5-3W0, -230W5 ovO
2/18/2013CALGARY4-0W0, -175W5.5 unU
2/23/2013at EDMONTON2-3L0, -135L5 ovP
2/24/2013at CALGARY4-5L0, -110L5.5 unO
2/26/2013at VANCOUVER4-2W0, +160W5 ovO
2/28/2013MINNESOTA3-4L0, -135L5 unO
3/2/2013ANAHEIM5-4W0, -120W5 ovO
3/4/2013ANAHEIM5-4W0, -120W5 ovO
3/6/2013at ANAHEIM0-2L0, +135L5.5 unU
3/7/2013ST LOUIS 
3/12/2013LOS ANGELES 
3/14/2013at ST LOUIS 
3/16/2013at COLUMBUS 
3/18/2013at LOS ANGELES 

LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.

COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.

LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).

PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.

OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.


LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.

COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.

ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.

LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.

PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.

OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(CORRECTS to five unanswered goals in 4th graph)

*Blues-Coyotes Preview* =======================


St. Louis (11-9-2) at Phoenix (11-9-3), 9:00 p.m. EDT

The St. Louis Blues had the league's best goaltending tandem last season. Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak haven't been nearly as effective in 2012-13.

Rookie Jake Allen could be in net for the Blues on Thursday night when they play their only road game against the Phoenix Coyotes this season.

The NHL's best with 15 shutouts and a 1.89 goals-against average in 2011-12, the Blues (11-9-2) are now searching for answers between the pipes as Elliott and Halak are clearly off their games.

Elliott, last season's NHL leader with a 1.56 GAA, is 0-5-1 with a 4.56 GAA in his last six appearances, while Halak has yielded 10 goals in his last three starts. Halak, who recorded a career-best 1.97 GAA in 2011-12, was pulled in the third period of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Los Angeles after giving up five unanswered goals following St. Louis' 4-1 start.

However, there was plenty of blame to go around the Blues' dressing room after the club registered 14 shots - their fewest since they had 12 at Detroit on Nov. 21, 2007.

"We took our foot off the gas, and you can't do that against good teams," captain David Backes said. "... We got off our game plan and tried to be too cute in our end when they were putting pressure on us ... and the result was four unanswered goals in the third and another bad feeling in this locker room."

Perhaps Allen could help turn things around after getting called up from AHL Peoria on Wednesday. The 22-year-old, 3-1-0 with a 2.62 GAA in five appearances, hasn't been named the starter yet, but the Blues - one point behind seventh-place Phoenix (11-9-3) in the Western Conference - need to do something to get back in the win column after opening their five-game trip with a pair of defeats.

St. Louis, loser of five of seven, also needs scoring help, as Andy McDonald (left knee), Alex Steen (upper body) and Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion) are out. The club is taking a look at former Blue Jason Arnott, but it's uncertain when, or if, the Blues will sign the veteran center, who had 17 goals and 34 points with the team last season.

St. Louis will try to prevent its first four-game road skid since an 0-3-1 stretch from Oct. 28-Nov. 19, 2011.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, are getting right back to work after a three-game stretch against Pacific Division-leading Anaheim. Phoenix lost 2-0 on the road on Wednesday after back-to-back 5-4 shootout home wins on Saturday and Monday.

"We're going to need more people to show up with a harder push tomorrow," said coach Dave Tippett, whose team had a season-low 18 shots while getting shut out for the second time this season. "I don't think (the Blues are) too happy about how their game went last night."

The Coyotes, though, feel great about the play of backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera, who turned away 22 of 23 shots - including a penalty shot - in his first start following 15 straight by Mike Smith.

LaBarbera surrendered seven goals in the two home losses to the Blues last season, while Smith posted a 2.03 GAA while these teams split two matchups in St. Louis.

The Coyotes can win a season-high third straight in Glendale as they open a three-game homestand.

Phoenix will follow that stretch with its first of two visits to St. Louis this season on March 14.

Last Updated: 4/24/2018 5:46:21 AM EST

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