Season Series: 1-0 Blues
12/10 - Blues 3 | Sabres 2 (OT) (recap)
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Blues blog: St. Louis Game Time
What to Watch
1. Home Ice Disadvantage
The Sabres have only won once at home since December 23. They’re tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the least amount of wins at home with six. If they can’t figure it out February could be a long month with 8 of the remaining 13 games taking place on home ice.
2. Can Ryan O’Reilly stay hot?
O’Reilly is a streaky scorer and is in the midst of one of his scoring streaks. Entering tonight he has 10 points in his last 10 games. Including earning at least a point in four of the last five games.
3. Samson playing his best hockey.
Sam Reinhart is also playing the best hockey we’ve seen from him this season. He has eight points in the last 10 games and five points in the last five. While it’s still not what we expected entering the season. Reinhart is now on a pace for 16 goals and 33 points on the season. Much better than the pace he was on a month ago.
Know Your Opponent
The Blues come into tonight winners in six of their last eight. They scored three goals in every one of those games except three.
2. Productive Roster
The Blues have six players on the roster that have at least 30 points. All-Star Brayden Schenn leads the club with 51 points in 53 games. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is sixth in scoring among all NHL defenders with 35 points.
3. Carter Hutton
Goaltender Carter Hutton has started to take over the starting role from Jake Allen. Hutton is having a fantastic season with 13 wins in 22 appearances. He has a 1.70 goals against average and .945 save percentage.
9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 21 Kyle Okposo
20 Scott Wilson - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart
28 Zemgus Girgensons - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 29 Jason Pominville
17 Jordan Nolan - 10 Jacob Josefson - 67 Benoit Pouliot
6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
19 Jake McCabe - 93 Victor Antipin
8 Casey Nelson - 82 Nathan Beaulieu
Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner