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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 17,032
Schenn likely out again as Blues host Sharks
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues
- The teams meet for the first time this season. The Sharks went 0-3-0 against the Blues in 2016-17, then gained points in all three meetings last season, going 2-0-1. Since January 1, 2015, only one of 17 meetings between the clubs, including the 2016 Western Conference Final, has gone overtime.
- The Sharks have allowed three or more goals in eight straight games; this is the team's longest such streak they allowed three-plus in eight straight contests in March 2013. Should the streak reach nine straight games, it would be the team's longest since a nine-game streak in February 2012 (these numbers exclude "team goals" for shootout wins).
- After starting the season 1-3-2 and averaging 2.83 goals per game, the Blues are 4-2-1 since October 20, scoring an NHL-high 4.21 goals per game in that span (29 in seven games). Friday's game will be St. Louis' 10th this season at home, against only four road games.
- Timo Meier has nine goals since October 20, second most in the NHL (Jeff Skinner -- 10). Meier has 12 goals in 16 games this season; in 2017-18, he got his 12th goal on February 4, in his 51st game.
- After failing to score a goal in his first six games, Ryan O'Reilly has seven in his last seven, notching his first career hat trick in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Carolina. O'Reilly is one of seven different Blues to register a hat trick since the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
- Brent Burns has 17 assists this season, tied for the lead among defensemen with Ottawa's Thomas Chabot (and tied for second most among all players). The entire St. Louis defense corps has only 16 assists, fewest among all teams.
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues seem to finally be gaining some positive momentum this season, but they may be without one of their biggest offensive pieces as they host the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
Center Brayden Schenn (upper-body injury) seems likely to miss his second straight game. Schenn, who left Saturday's contest against the Minnesota Wild, did some light work in practice Thursday but was nowhere near full go.
"A little bit (of work), but obviously he wasn't involved in everything, so again, question mark for tomorrow," Blues coach Mike Yeo told NHL.com.
Forward Pat Maroon will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Maroon, a St. Louis native, signed a one-year $1.75 million free agent contract with the Blues in the offseason. He has seven assists in the first 13 games, but is struggling to score.
"I think it's been very frustrating for him, which is understandable," Yeo told NHL.com. "First off, you know how important it is for him to put that jersey on, what that means to him and how he wants to contribute. Secondly, he's betting on himself this year. We know how important that is. It's tough. We've seen a lot of good things despite him not scoring, his forechecking, his puck presence in the offensive zone, his physicality, his power-play (contributions), all these things.
"I think some things can start to get in your head and obviously confidence starts to play a part in that. I think maybe a little reset here can help him out."
Forward Nikita Soshkinov will replace Maroon in the lineup and will make his Blues debut. He will play on a line with Tyler Bozak and Alexander Steen.
Soshkinov and Bozak were teammates in Toronto.
"He's been working hard and this will be a good chance for him," Yeo told NHL.com. "He's playing with a guy in Bozie that he's familiar with, two guys that are responsible. I don't expect perfection without the puck for Sosh; that's not what I'm looking for. What I'm looking for is his speed to be a difference maker. He's got two smart players who can read off of him. For me, the way I should see it is his speed should impact the game all over the ice. Hopefully we can see that tomorrow."
The Blues won once in three meetings against the Sharks last season.
San Jose will be playing its second game in as many days after losing 4-3 at Dallas on Thursday night. The Sharks had their two-game winning streak snapped.
Defenseman Brent Burns recorded two assists, including career No. 400, and forward Evander Kane tied the game 3-3 in the third period for the Sharks before center Devin Shore got the game-winner, his second goal of the night, at 14:13 of the third for the Stars.
Sharks defenseman Joe Thornton played in his 1,500 career game. He is the 19th player in league history to reach that milestone.
"He does things that people don't even know or see to be able to play," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News about Thornton. "If he ever shared his actual routine with everybody, people would not believe it. But you don't put that much work in if you don't truly, truly don't love it. This is a really special person."
Updated November 9, 2018