St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins
St. Louis Blues Preview
The St. Louis Blues will bid to match a franchise-record road point streak and complete a season sweep of the Penguins on Wednesday when the teams face off in Pittsburgh. St. Louis skated to a 5-2 home victory over the Penguins on Saturday before securing its fourth straight win two nights later with a 4-0 triumph in Chicago.
The victory over the Blackhawks extended the Blues’ road point streak to 10 contests (8-0-2), one shy of their 11-game run (10-0-1) set from Jan. 21-March 4, 2000. David Perron, who played with the Penguins in parts of two seasons, set up a power-play goal by Jaden Schwartz on both Saturday and Monday to extend his point streak to eight games (three goals, six assists).
Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins hope a return home will provide the medicine they need to snap a modest two-game losing skid. They play two in a row and five of their next six at PPG Paints Arena, where they own a 10-3-2 record. Evgeni Malkin continued his sizzling play by setting up defenseman Kris Letang’s goal in the third period on Saturday, extending his point streak to three games and boosting his point total to 21 (five goals, 16 assists) over his past 13.
The former Hart Trophy recipient has blitzed the Blues for 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 17 career encounters. The Penguins were dealt a significant blow to their defense corps with blue-liner Brian Dumoulin expected to be sidelined eight weeks after undergoing ankle surgery on Sunday.