(KSDK Sports) - The St. Louis Blues (48-21-11) will close out their home schedule tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. A Blues win would give them a sweep of the Coyotes, a team they've outscored 11 to 3 in their previous three games. And the Blues could sure use the win, having gone 3-3-4 in their last ten, including the tough loss Wednesday to Detroit in a shoot out.
The goalies should be the big story tonight. In goal for the Blues, Brian Elliott, who nearly reached his goal of a fourth straight shutout on Wednesday against divisional rival Detroit. The game was scoreless going into the third when the Blues scored twice on goals from David Perron and Andy McDonald. Perron's goal on Wednesday gave him four consecutive games with a goal and McDonald has at least a point in 11 of his last 13 games, registering 7 goals and 8 assists over that span.
But with six minutes left in the game, Johan Franzen scored twice within 2:15 to force overtime. The Red Wings went on to defeat the Blues 3-2 in a shoot out. It was the 10th shoot out loss for the Blues. Elliott, meanwhile, ran his shutout streak to 241:33 before the first of Franzen's goals Wednesday. Both teams play their regular-season finale on Saturday, and with St. Louis splitting the starts among its tandem of Elliott and Jaroslav Halak fairly evenly it's probable each gets one more start before the playoffs.
The Coyotes have also been receiving some stellar goal play thanks to Mike Smith, who like Elliot last Wednesday, is aiming for his fourth consecutive shutout, having already put together a streak of nearly 220 scoreless minutes. He also set an NHL record in his last start for most saves made in a shutout performance, stopping 54 shots by Columbus in a 2-0 win. Smith has stopped the last 157 shots he's faced since allowing a Daniel Winnik goal in the second period of a March 24 game against the Sharks.