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Get your game notes: Coyotes at Blues

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Phoenix Coyotes starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— The Blues’ Alexander Steen has scored 14 goals (T-NHL lead, Steven Stamkos) in 15 games played over 35 days this season (Oct. 3-Nov. 7, 2013). It took him 54 games and 497 days to net his previous 14 regular-season goals (Dec. 15, 2011-Apr. 25, 2013). The Blues have points in all 12 games when Steen has found the back of the net (10-0-2).

— Steen is riding a career-long, 10-game point streak (10 goals, three assists). With a point tonight, he will match the family record of 11 straight games, accomplished twice by his father, Thomas, who ranks fourth in Jet/Coyotes franchise history in goals (264), first in assists (553) and third in points (817).

— Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock ranks tenth all-time in coaching wins, with 616. Since taking over as the Blues’ boss in Nov. 2011, his club is 6-1-0 vs. Phoenix, outscoring the Coyotes by a 23-11 margin.

— Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, goaltenders Brian Elliott (STL) and Mike Smith (PHX) lead the NHL with 13 shutouts apiece. During that span, the Blues’ goalie tandem of Elliott (13) and Jaroslav Halak (10, T-7th most) have combined to post 23 shutouts, most of any team in the league.

— The Coyotes have 12 wins in 2013-14, T-3rd most in the NHL. However, only four of those wins have come when leading at the second intermission. They have the league’s most wins when trailing after two periods (3-4-0 record) and when tied after two (5-0-1 record).

— Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk carries an eight-game point streak into tonight’s game. Since 1993-94, the only St. Louis blueliner with a point streak of eight or more games is Shattenkirk’s teammate, Alex Pietrangelo (nine games, in 2011-12).

— The Coyotes and Blues are the only two NHL teams with three defensemen with 10 or more points this season. (PHX: Keith Yandle – 14, Oliver Ekman-Larsson – 13, Derek Morris – 10; STL: Kevin Shattenkirk & Alex Pietrangelo – 12, Jay Bouwmeester – 10). Only the Blackhawks (52) have more combined points from their blueliners this season than the Coyotes (48).

— The Coyotes’ last four wins have all come in a shootout. Since the shootout was instituted before the 2005-06 season, only two other teams have needed it to post four straight wins: the Edmonton Oilers (Dec. 3-15, 2007) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Mar. 21-27, 2011). No team has ever relied on five successive shootouts for wins. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

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Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.

So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?


You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.