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Saturday, December 20th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (10-11-9-1) at St. Louis Blues (20-6-2-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot St. Louis Blues go for their seventh straight win tonight when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to the Savvis Center.

St. Louis' tear is the longest current stretch in the NHL and has helped the Blues reach 43 points and get within three of Detroit for first place in the Central Division.

St. Louis is coming off a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the Savvis Center on Thursday night. Scott Mellanby scored two goals and Chris Pronger added a goal and an assist to help the Blues pick up their latest victory.

Jamal Mayers also scored for St. Louis, which remained unbeaten in the month of December to extend its unbeaten streak to an NHL-best eight games (7-0-1).

Keith Tkachuk added three assists in the victory and extended his scoring streak to eight games. He has four goals and eight assists in that stretch.

Chris Osgood turned aside 27 shots in the victory for the Blues.

The Blues, who are 10-1-1 in their last 12 home contests, close out their four-game homestand Saturday against Phoenix.

Ladislav Nagy scored with 1:10 remaining in the third period to lift the Coyotes to a hard fought 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Jan Hrdina, Jeff Taffe and Shane Doan all scored for Phoenix, which is winless in its last three games (0-1-2) and has just one victory in the last six (1-2-3).

Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher allowed four goals on 34 shots.

Tonight's game is the second test of a four-game road trip for the Coyotes, who are 4-6-7-1 on the road this year.

The Coyotes have taken two from St. Louis this season, but both matchups were in Phoenix. The home team is 11-2-1 in the last 14 meetings.

Phoenix has dropped six of its last seven contests in St. Louis.

12/20 12:31:09 ET


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