St. Louis at Ottawa
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, January 18, 2018
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Paul Stastny has embraced the new calendar year by collecting eight points (three goals, five assists) in six games in January. Stastny aims to continue his torrid surge on Thursday when the St. Louis Blues complete their tour of Ontario with a visit to the Ottawa Senators.
Stastny recorded his second straight multi-point performance and third in four outings after notching a pair of assists in St. Louis' 2-1 overtime win at Toronto. The 32-year-old scored a goal and set up two others as the Blues and Senators each snared a road victory at the other's expense last season. While St. Louis is trying to navigate its way through the congested Central Division, Ottawa has a much more difficult hill to climb as it faces a double-digit point deficit in its bid to claim the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Mike Hoffman, who has been mentioned in potential trade talks with St. Louis, scored in the Senators' 4-3 win at Toronto on Jan. 10 and has two goals and three assists in his last four games.TV:
7:30 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), TSN5, RDS (Ottawa)ABOUT THE BLUES (27-17-3):
Captain Alex Pietrangelo extended his point streak to three games after setting up Alexander Steen's game-tying goal with 57 seconds left in the third period versus the Maple Leafs. Mississauga (Ontario) native Vince Dunn ended the contest 1:43 into overtime to make a winner of Carter Hutton, who has yielded just 10 goals in his past five starts (4-0-1) and owns a .947 save percentage in his last nine appearances. The 32-year-old Ontario native has struggled in three outings versus Ottawa, permitting 11 goals on 83 shots to post a 1-2-0 career mark.ABOUT THE SENATORS (15-18-9):
The NHL's schedule makers didn't do Mark Stone any favors as the 25-year-old has been idle since heating up with eight points (three goals, five assists) in three games before being held off the scoresheet in the Senators' last contest. Stone, who leads Ottawa in goals (18) and points (42), joined Hoffman in scoring twice in the team's 6-4 victory over St. Louis last season. Captain Erik Karlsson recorded five of his team-best 27 assists in a two-game stretch before being held in check in the last two outings.OVERTIME
1. Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 19.
2. St. Louis' 29th-ranked power play is 1-for-24 in the last 11 contests.
3. The Senators' 28th-ranked penalty kill has permitted 11 goals in the last seven games.PREDICTION:
Blues 3, Senators 1
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