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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 18,598
Scorching Blues hope to keep streaks alive vs. Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Louis Blues
- St. Louis has gone 11-2-2 against Toronto dating back to the 2008-09 season, including five straight wins entering tonight's matchup -- Toronto has been held to one goal four times over this five-game losing streak to St. Louis.
- The Blues' 10-game winning streak entering tonight is tied for the longest winning streak by any team in the NHL this season (Sabres, 10 straight in November). This streak is also tied for the longest in franchise history for the Blues (set in January 2002).
- The Maple Leafs were shut out by the Coyotes, 2-0, on Saturday, after scoring 11 goals over its previous two games (5.50 per game). The Leafs average 4.72 goals in wins and 1.64 goals in losses, the largest differential (+3.08) in the NHL this season.
- Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues with 20 points (10g, 10a) during the win streak. The last Blues skater with 10 goals and 10 assists in a 10-game span was Brett Hull from February-March, 1992. Patrick Kane and Johnny Gaudreau are the only ones to do it in the NHL this season.
- Since Auston Matthews entered the NHL in 2016-17, he has 19 multi-goal games, tied with Jeff Skinner for second most in the NHL (Alex Ovechkin, 22). He has 0 career points against the Blues.
- Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist in his last game, and the Blues are 15-0-2 in his multi-point games this season. The team is 7-14-1 when he has one point, and 9-8-2 when he has no points.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to regain their scoring touch Tuesday night when they visit the St. Louis Blues, who are on a 10-game winning streak that includes three straight shutouts.
The Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Sunday in St. Paul, Minn., to equal the club record of 10 consecutive wins accomplished in the 2001-02 season.
The Maple Leafs, after scoring a total of 11 goals in victories over the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights, were shut out 2-0 Saturday by the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz.
The Blues (31-22-5, 67 points) are 24-13-2 under interim coach Craig Berube, who replaced Mike Yeo on Nov. 20.
St. Louis has outscored its opponents 40-14 during the win streak.
"It's all good stuff," Berube said after Sunday's win. "Players are doing a great job. They're going out and executing and playing hard, doing the right things."
"I've never really been on a streak like this too often in any league where you can pull this many together," Blues defenseman Vince Dunn said. "It's pretty unbelievable. Especially with three shutouts. It's an incredible feeling for us in the room."
The Blues have not allowed a goal in 187 minutes and 16 seconds. Rookie Jordan Binnington has two of the shutouts on the streak, and Jake Allen has the other.
It's the Blues' longest shutout streak since the 2015-16 season, when they had four straight from March 19-26.
"The defense is doing a great job," Berube said. "The big guys are getting in the way, and good sticks. The forwards are coming back and doing a good job. And the goalies are stopping pucks. It's everybody on the ice. It's not just one or two players. It's everybody buying in to do a good job."
The game Sunday made it eight consecutive wins for Binnington, a franchise record for a rookie goaltender. Brent Johnson won seven straight on two different occasions during the 2000-01 season.
"Good timing," Binnington said. "I think the team has really caught their stride, and we're playing well every game. We're having great starts, and that kind of sets the tone for the rest of the game. Hopefully we can continue our success here."
Binnington improved to 12-1-1 overall as a starter with a 1.43 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in those games. He is the seventh goalie in NHL history with four shutouts in his first 14 starts.
The worst the Maple Leafs can do on their four-game trip is split.
"We've played well, we've played well on this road trip, I've liked the way we've played," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "We've played with good energy, good detail, good work ethic. We just weren't as good (Saturday)."
"I think we're a confident team," Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri said. "We understand that some nights are going to be off and not everyone is going to be perfect, especially on the road. We're a pretty resilient group, and we're able to shrug games like this off."
After taking Sunday off, the Maple Leafs returned to practice Monday. Andreas Johnsson, who missed the Coyotes game Saturday with a leg injury, participated in the practice.
The Blues defeated the Maple Leafs 4-1 in Toronto on Oct. 20.
St. Louis is 14-13-2 at home, and Toronto is 19-8-2 on the road.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 19, 2019