The St. Louis Blues will look to extend their 13-game point streak at home on Saturday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Blues are 12-0-1 this wave at Enterprise Center. As of Nov. 26, they are 12-3-3 overall.
They did so by leading the league with 13 wins from behind this season.
“It’s something we talk about a lot because if you want to be a really good team you have to be able to come back in games and come back from behind and win,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “I think that’s obviously very important.”
The Blues led the Seattle Kraken 1-0 in the third period on Thursday before rallying to win 2-1 on goals from Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich. They won despite missing forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron and Brayden Schenn as well as defenders Colton Parayko and Scott Perunovich due to COVID-19 protocol.
James Neal left the taxi team and Nathan Walker and Calle Rosen came over from the AHL to replace the Kraken. Logan Brown was out with a non-COVID illness and Buchnevich entered protocol on Friday, which led to the return of Dakota Joshua from the AHL.
“We have guys who come in, fill in and do the work,” Berube said. “That’s what it’s really about. Everybody just needs to go and do their job. And we have guys who, whether it’s miners or guys like Neal – he doesn’t have played a lot, but he arrives and they just do the job.”
The Leafs have only played five games since Dec. 14 due to pandemic-related postponements. They are 3-1-1 in that span but are coming off a 2-1 loss to Arizona despite beating the struggling Coyotes 46-18.
“It looked like we hit a wall and stopped playing for a good chunk of time in that third period,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after their second game in two nights. “No life, no energy on our bench at a time when we needed it. So that, for me, is a sign of fatigue.”
On the bright side for the Leafs, Auston Matthews set a team record with one goal in nine consecutive road games.
“He keeps making it happen,” John Tavares said. “Teams are obviously planning the game for him, and his ability to rise to the challenge, look forward to that challenge, adapt his game and find different ways to create chances.
“It’s no surprise, breaking a franchise record like that. When it’s all said and done, it’s going to be quite a lot.”
The previous record of eight was set 100 years ago by Babe Dye, equaled in 1961 by Frank Mahovolich and in 1989 by Daniel Morois.
The Maple Leafs hope to have more firepower for this game. Forwards Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall exited COVID-19 protocol and joined the squad for training on Friday.
“Two high-impact players,” Tavares said. “Guys who are key parts of our roster. Mitchy is one of the best wingers in the league and plays in all situations for us, a guy we rely on, and Pierre continues to mature and make an impact for us.”
Jordan Kyrou has a six-game point streak for the Blues with five goals and seven assists in that span. Teammate Torey Krug also has a six-game point streak with two goals and five assists.
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