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Blues aim for record start in home test vs. Coyotes

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues look to post their best start in franchise history on Tuesday night as they play host to the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Blues are 11-2-2 through their first 15 games, matching the best start by the franchise over that span first set in 1993-94 and done again in 1997-98. However, in both seasons St. Louis lost its 16th game of the campaign, so a victory tonight would mark the first time the club has won 12 of 16 to open the schedule.

St. Louis is coming off a solid 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, getting goals from Ryan Reaves and Kevin Shattenkirk.

Shattenkirk's assist streak ended at seven straight games, but his first goal of the season more than made up for it. Alexander Steen, tied for the league lead with 14 goals, added an assist to give him 13 points over a 10-game point streak.

Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves in St. Louis' third straight win and sixth in seven games.

"We needed to prove we can play with elite teams," Reaves said.

St. Louis is 7-1-1 as the host this season and is set to play the third contest of a five-game homestand. Forward Brandon Morrow is slated to be in the lineup tonight after missing the last five games with an upper-body injury, but defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss at least the next eight weeks because of a right hand injury that will require surgery.

Halak is 2-2-0 with a 2.52 goals against average in four career meetings with the Coyotes, who the Blues swept in three games last season.

St. Louis has won seven of the last 10 encounters overall and five of the past seven played at home.

The Coyotes, though, come in having won six of their last seven thanks to a rally over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Phoenix scored twice in the final 3:26 of regulation, then scored twice in the shootout for a 4-3 win.

Each of Phoenix's past four wins have come in the shootout.

Shane Doan scored twice on the power play, his second tally getting the comeback started before Lauri Korpikoski's game-tying goal with 1:46 to go in regulation. Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker both scored in the shootout and Mike Smith ended with 29 saves.

"Smitty made some big saves in the third to keep us in the game," said Doan, who has four goals in his last three games and nine points in his last eight games.

Both forward Radim Vrbata and defenseman Derek Morris missed the game with lower-body ailments and are questionable for tonight.

Smith is 3-5-0 with a 3.37 GAA in eight previous meetings with the Blues.

11/12 11:08:39 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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