Preview: Washington at St. Louis

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, April 9, 2016
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Matchup Edge
WAS Edge in: STL
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Vladimir Tarasenko is on quite the roll and the St. Louis Blues hope his good fortune continues as they vie for the Central Division title on Saturday. The 24-year-old Russian carries a seven-game point streak (five goals, five assists) into Saturday's matchup against former Blue T.J. Oshie and the visiting Washington Capitals.

Tarasenko, who tallied in St. Louis' 4-0 victory over Washington on March 26, scored his second goal of Thursday's contest in overtime as the Blues recorded their third straight win and eighth in nine outings with a 2-1 victory over Chicago. Surging St. Louis remained even in points with Dallas atop the Central, but the Stars own the tiebreaker heading into their tilt with Nashville on Saturday. "Every team has to play now," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Dallas has to play for points, we've got to keep playing for points and then we'll just see where it goes." Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington suffered its third straight loss (0-1-2) and fifth in seven outings (2-2-3) with a 4-3 overtime setback to Pittsburgh on Thursday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSMA (Washington), FSN Midwest (St. Louis), NHL Network

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (55-17-8): Oshie returns to the Gateway City to face his former club with which he spent his first seven NHL seasons. "It'll maybe be emotional going out for warmups, during the national anthem and maybe even the first couple shifts," Oshie told the Capitals website. "But I think with the time gone by, it's a full season almost, and Washington feels like my new home now." Coach Barry Trotz did not reveal his starting goaltender as the club visits St. Louis before hosting Anaheim on Sunday, but Braden Holtby is expected to get the nod in one of those tilts as he looks to match Martin Brodeur's NHL record of 48 wins.

ABOUT THE BLUES (49-23-9): Rookie Robby Fabbri told reporters that he feels ready to end his four-game absence on Saturday due to a lower-body injury. "Today was another good day," Fabbri told reporters after Friday's practice. "I'm trying to make sure when I come back, I'm at 100 percent. ... I'm trying to get better each day and it's been a good go-around this time." Brian Elliott has enjoyed a good go of it of late, posting 11 straight winning decisions overall and a 6-2-0 career mark versus Washington.

OVERTIME

1. Washington captain Alex Ovechkin has four goals in his last five contests overall and 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 12 career meetings with St. Louis.

2. The Blues have thwarted 22-of-24 short-handed situations over the last eight games - including both chances versus the Capitals.

3. Washington C Marcus Johansson scored twice on Thursday to increase his point total to six (two goals, four assists) in his last four games.

PREDICTION: Blues 4, Capitals 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 55-17-6-2 L3 29-7-4-0 26-10-2-2 5-1-1-0 50-16-5-2 20-5-3-2
St. Louis 49-23-5-4 W3 24-12-3-1 25-11-2-3 3-3-0-0 46-20-5-4 19-7-1-2

Last Meeting

Washington St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/26/16 STL 4 WAS 0 32 25 0-2 29 32 0-0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
WAS K. Alzner 0
STL P. Stastny 2
Goals Player  
WAS K. Alzner 0
STL P. Berglund 1
Assists Player  
WAS K. Alzner 0
STL P. Stastny 2
Saves Player  
WAS P. Grubauer 25
STL J. Allen 32
Season
Total Points Player  
WAS E. Kuznetsov 76
STL V. Tarasenko 73
Goals Player  
WAS A. Ovechkin 47
STL V. Tarasenko 39
Assists Player  
WAS E. Kuznetsov 56
STL P. Stastny 38
Saves Player  
WAS B. Holtby 1642
STL J. Allen 1159

Quickchart Matchup

Washington Off vs  St. Louis Def
3.04 GF
2.37 GA
30.6 Shots
29.7 Shots
55 PP
41 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Washington Def
2.69 GF
2.35 GA
30.3 Shots
28.6 Shots
51 PP
38 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Washington Overall St. Louis
55-17-6-2 W/L 49-23-5-4
36-44 ATS 37-44
32-32 O/U 31-40
3.04 Goals For 2.69
2.35 Goals Agnst 2.37
Washington A/H St. Louis
26-10-2-2 W/L 24-12-3-1
20-20 ATS 12-28
18-15 O/U 11-22
2.90 Goals For 2.60
2.42 Goals Agnst 2.28
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