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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00 BRT, November 19, 2018
Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 16,860

Injured Blues limp home to face Kings

Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues

  1. Los Angeles lost in Nashville, 5-3, its fourth defeat in five games. The Kings' 13 total losses this season are already their most through the first 20 games of a season since 2006-07 (14); another regulation loss would mark their worst points percentage through 20 games since 1998-95 (5-12-3, .325).
  2. The Blues were blanked by the Sharks, 4-0, on Saturday for their second shutout loss in three games. St. Louis is averaging 3.55 goals per game at home, but just 2.43 goals a game on the road; that 1.12 difference is the fourth largest in the NHL (Boston, 2.20; Calgary, 1.64; New Jersey, 1.26).
  3. St. Louis has taken six of the last eight, including a 7-2 win in Los Angeles on March 10 last season. The Kings have been held to two goals or fewer in all six of those losses, but they have scored five goals and four goals in the wins.
  4. Anze Kopitar tallied a goal and an assist in the loss, snapping his five-game pointless streak. He has 45 points (13g, 32a) in 42 career games against the Blues; that 1.07 points per game ranks fourth among active skaters with at least 20 career games vs. St. Louis (Paul Stastny, 1.25; Bobby Ryan, 1.18; Blake Wheeler, 1.14).
  5. Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals in the win over Vegas on Friday, his ninth and tenth of the season. O'Reilly scored the goals in his 17th game with the Blues; becoming the fastest to reach 10 goals with St. Louis since Kevin Miller did so in 15 games on December 5, 1992.
  6. Alex Pietrangelo has blocked 15 shots over his last three games, the most by a Blues skater in a three-game span since Barret Jackman blocked 16 shots from March 17 to 20, 2009. Pietrangelo is averaging 2.78 blocked shots a game, fourth most in the NHL (Kris Russell, 3.20; Ian Cole, 3.10; Andy Greene, 3.05; min. 50% of team games).

ST. LOUIS - A banged up St. Louis Blues team is limping home from a tough west coast swing as they host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Four prominent players were knocked out of the lineup during the three-game trip that started in Chicago and ended with stops in Las Vegas and San Jose. The Blues went 1-2, with both loses being shutouts including a 4-0 setback to the Sharks on Saturday.

Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and forward Jaden Schwartz, who both suffered upper body injuries in the Blues' 4-1 win at Vegas on Friday, missed the finale against the Sharks. Forward Alexander Steen missed both the Vegas and San Jose games as did forward Pat Maroon, who suffered an upper-body injury against Chicago game and was placed on injured reserve.

"It's being tested," Blues head coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before the game against the Sharks. "It was tested within the game last game. Obviously we had to shorten the bench playing the majority of the game with five defensemen and then losing Schwartzie and guys stepped up. They seemed to be excited about the opportunity for extra ice time. Back-to-back games can be a little bit more of a challenge, but we've got young legs in the lineup and it's an opportunity for guys to prove they belong at this level or they belong in the role we're giving them an opportunity to play tonight."

Yeo said there would be a further update on the injury situation on Monday before the team hosted the Kings. The Blues did not make any immediate roster moves, due to still having 12 healthy forwards already with the team.

The injuries, plus the travel, seemed to catch up with the Blues in a lackluster performance against the Sharks.

"It wasn't just the offense," Yeo told the Post-Dispatch. "Defensively, we also gave up a whole bunch tonight too. In the third period, we generated a number of high quality scoring chances and it was all through hard work. It's a simple recipe that we have to follow night after night. We did it last night and we didn't do it for the first two periods tonight and we just can't keep coming and saying it's good one night, it's not good the next night. We have to demand of ourselves that we bring it night after night for 60 minutes."

Monday's game will be the first meeting this season between the Blues and Kings. The Blues won two out of the three meetings last season.

The Kings are coming off of a 5-3 loss at Nashville on Saturday and have lost four of their last five games.

Kings center Anze Kopitar snapped a five-game scoreless streak with a two-point night in the loss to the Predators.

"It's extremely frustrating going from an MVP nominee to barely getting any chances," Kopitar told NHL.com on Wednesday. "But I'll correct it. I have no doubt in my mind that I'll correct it."

On Sunday, the Kings recalled forward Austin Wagner from AHL-Ontario. Forward Trevor Lewis (fractured foot) is listed week-to-week and goalie Cole Kehler has been assigned to Ontario.

Updated November 19, 2018

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