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Saturday, November 16th (All times Eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (8-7-4) at St. Louis Blues (12-2-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After a slow start replacing injured goaltender Cam Ward, Justin Peters is coming off a near-perfect homestand that included wins over two of the better teams in the NHL.

Things don't slow down for Peters or the Carolina Hurricanes as they go up against the hosting St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Peters lost his first five decisions of the season as Ward went down with a lower-body injury back on Oct. 24. However, he has since settled in and went 4-0-1 on Carolina's longest homestand of the season, posting a 1.16 goals against average while stopping 138 of 144 shots.

The Hurricanes saw all five games of their five-game residency decided by a single goal and that includes back-to-back wins over Colorado and Anaheim. The 'Canes got past the Ducks 3-2 last night in a shootout.

Chris Terry scored in the final round of the tiebreaker to secure the win for Carolina, while Drayson Bowman and Eric Staal scored in regulation. Peters ended with 28 saves.

"I'm just really proud of the effort of the guys. We've had a couple of injuries and guys have jumped in different spots, starting with Peters in net. He's had a great week, great homestand here. The nice thing is it's been a complete effort," said Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller.

Peters has never before faced the Blues and he and the Hurricanes defense will need to slow down St. Louis' top line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie, who combined for nine points in Thursday's 7-3 rout of the Colorado Avalanche.

Steen scored his NHL-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season, Backes had a goal and two helpers, while Oshie posted a career-high four assists.

Derek Roy also had a goal and two assists and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves as the Blues improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games and 7-1-1 in the last nine. They went 3-for-4 on the power play versus the Avs.

"We really dialed up our checking," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. "Our checking caused them to take penalties, checking created turnovers. When we dialed up our checking, (it) really had an impact in the game."

Steen's two-goal night pushed his point streak to 12 games, the longest by a Blues player since Keith Tkachuk's 12-game run in 2002-03. Steen has 11 goals and four assists over his streak.

St. Louis will hit the road on Sunday to visit the Washington Capitals, so both Halak and Brian Elliott are set to see action over the next two games. Elliott is expected to start this contest and is 5-4-0 with a 2.50 GAA in 10 games (8 starts).

Though the Hurricanes have won six of the previous nine meetings overall, the Blues are 13-3-1 with a tie in the previous 18 encounters in St. Louis.

11/16 10:37:30 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28
Final
ORL 98
WAS 105
Final
MIN 97
DET 91
Final
CLE 90
NYK 95
Final
DAL 120
UTA 102
Final
LAC 93
OKC 90
7:00pm Tonight
IND
MEM
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
CLE
 
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MIL
PHI
 
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SAC
POR
 
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PHO
SAN
 
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LAL
LAC
 
Final
LOU 31
FSU 42
Final
GASO 42
TROY 10
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TULA
CIN
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MEM
TULSA
Final
BUF 2
BOS 3
Final
PIT 3
LOS 0
Final
NJD 2
WIN 1
Final
FLA 2
ARI 1
Final
OTT 4
CHI 5
Final
TAM 4
PHI 3
Final
STL 2
ANA 0
Final
MIN 4
SJS 3
Final
COL 5
NYI 0
Final
VAN 3
MON 2
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CLB
TOR
 
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DET
LOS
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
NAS
 
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28