This is the third meeting between St. Louis and San Jose this season. The Blues have won both previous encounters, to extend their win streak in the series to five. They have won nine of the last 11 games against the Sharks, and lead the all-time series 37-10-2-1.
Keith Tkachuk has four assists against the Sharks this season, giving him 57 points in 45 career games against them. The Blues’ leading scorer enters this contest riding a 12-game point streak. He has 20 points during the run, including a goal and two assists in St. Louis’ 5-4 win over the visiting New York Rangers on Thursday.
The victory was just the second in seven games for St. Louis, but it gave coach Joel Quenneville his 300th career win. Quenneville, the 19th coach in Blues history, has coached St. Louis since Jan. 6, 1997. He is 300-194-74 in the regular season, but only 34-34 in the playoffs.
Quenneville ranks fourth among active NHL coaches in winning percentage.
“It’s a big win,” Quenneville said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it here. We’ve had a good situation. There are a lot of good people around to be part of it. The team wins and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The Blues won despite getting outshot 43-22. St. Louis, which owns the league’s second-best power-play unit, was 4-for-8 on the man-advantage.
“This is one of those games where we probably didn’t deserve to win at all,” Quenneville said. “We weren’t very good at all.”
Patrick Marleau, the team’s leading scorer with 28 points, added an assist. He has five goals and eight points in his last eight games.