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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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St. Louis Blues vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE --
The Coyotes will attempt to win their third consecutive game tonight when they host the St. Louis Blues at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (6-5-5) beat Calgary, 5-4, on Friday night to post its second win in a row - a first for this season.

"This was a big character win for us," Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall said. "We've had trouble putting wins together, so this was huge for us."

Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 31 saves in Friday's game, again is expected to be in goal for the Coyotes as they play their fourth game in six days.

Coyotes winger Wojtek Wolski, twice a healthy scratch not too long ago, has notched one goal and three assists in his last four games and has moved into a four-way tie for the team's scoring lead with nine points.

St. Louis (9-2-3), which ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 21 points, has lost two games in a row. Talented young forwards David Perron and TJ Oshie are among several Blues players out because of injury. Perron has missed the past four games because of a concussion. Oshie broke an ankle earlier this week.

"With a few injuries, we've still been able to maintain a high level of play," Blues forward David Backes told reporters. "We plan on doing that, not for just the rest of this year and into the playoffs, but for years to come."

Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak has given up six goals in the past two games. Halak, who is 8-2-2 with a 1.79 goals-against average, has never tended goal vs. the Coyotes.
Who's Hot
 
Fiddler
Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler scored his first career hat trick on Friday vs. Calgary, and won 14 of 17 faceoffs. He ranks 19th in the NHL in faceoff percentage (55.7). 
D'Agostini
Blues right wing Matt D'Agostini scored his team-leading sixth goal on Thursday vs. Nashville. His career high for goals in one season is 12.
Did You Know?
 
  • Coyotes right wing Lee Stempniak was drafted by the Blues in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Stempniak broke into the NHL with St. Louis in 2005-06 and played 233 games for the Blues.

  • Three Coyotes players - Lee Stempniak, Ed Jovanovski and Vernon Fiddler - have notched the first hat tricks of their careers this season.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona (tape delayed after the Arizona State vs. Stanford football game). This game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 6 p.m.
Podcasts
 
Nash

Click the link below to listen to Coyotes analyst Tyson Nash discuss tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues.

• Tyson Nash

Injuries
 
  Carlo Colaiacovo
  Barrett Jackman
  TJ Oshie
  David Perron
  Roman Polak
  Brad Winchester
 
  Shane Doan
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 22 '11STL 1 at PHX 2L. Korpikoski
Jan 10 '11PHX 4 at STL 3T. Pyatt
Dec 31 '10PHX 3 at STL 4A. Steen
Nov 13 '10STL 3 at PHX 5M. Hanzal
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Oshie131910+3610
A. Steen15369+3802
A. McDonald15369+2611
M. D'Agostini15628+41021
P. Berglund15448+3420
D. Perron10527+71200
D. Backes15347+43410
A. Pietrangelo15077+31100
B. Boyes15246-31810
C. Colaiacovo8145+1001
J. McClement15314-2400
E. Johnson15134+11301
V. Sobotka11123+0400
B. Jackman10033+5800
B. Crombeen15202-33800
N. Oystrick7022+2900
R. Polak7101+2601
E. Brewer15000+53100
B. Winchester10000-13100
T. Strachan9000-3700
C. Janssen6000-12100
N. Nikitin5000-3000
I. Cole3000-2200
C. Porter2000+0000
R. Reaves2000+01700
N. Drazenovic2000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Halak128-2-2213071.79.932
T. Conklin41-1-110982.73.898
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Whitney153811+2610
E. Belanger174610-3411
K. Yandle173710-62410
R. Vrbata17549+3410
L. Stempniak17549+2410
E. Jovanovski15369+61411
W. Wolski15189-3000
L. Korpikoski17358+1201
A. Aucoin17077+51400
S. Upshall17426-11001
K. Turris13426-3000
M. Hanzal11325+41211
V. Fiddler17314+21701
T. Pyatt17134+3800
S. Lepisto13213+1900
D. Morris14123-3610
S. Doan9123-52510
O. Ekman-Larsson14033+11200
A. Ebbett6101+1201
P. Prucha10011+0400
D. Schlemko10000-3600
P. Bissonnette6000+11500
G. Stafford2000+1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov156-2-5424942.93.915
J. LaBarbera41-3-0101043.45.904
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