Blues can complete Canadian sweep with win over equally hot Habs

Colton Parayko and the Blues face a tall task in trying to end the longest winning streak to begin any season in Montreal's long and glorious history.

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In an early-season schedule that is heavy on opponents from north of the border, the St. Louis Blues have swept all five games against Canadian teams. Rarely in their history have the Blues stretched such a streak to six straight games.

Blues’ Longest Winning Streaks vs. Canadian Teams

Streak Start Date End Date
7 10/06/1999 11/07/1999
7 10/16/1990 11/13/1990
6 12/20/1980 01/17/1981
5 10/08/2015 Active (tied with eight other streaks)

Despite losing twice to the Montreal Canadiens last season, the Blues still have improved their performance against the Habs with each passing decade.

Blues’ Record vs. Canadiens by Decade

Decade Record Win Percentage
1960’s 1-9-4 .214
1970’s 10-32-6 .271
1980’s 5-17-8 .300
1990’s 5-10-4 .368
2000’s 5-2-0-1 .688
2010’s 5-2-0 .714

The Blues lost as many times to Montreal last season (0-2-0) as they had over their previous 13 meetings since January 2000 (10-2-0-1, .808).

Tuesday’s game will be the Blues’ first opportunity to face an Eastern Conference opponent in 2015-16. Strikingly, St. Louis’ point percentage versus the East this decade is 75 points higher than any other team.

Best Records vs. Eastern Conference Since 2010-11

Team Record Win Percentage
St. Louis Blues 69-21-10 .740
Chicago Blackhawks 63-28-15 .665
Colorado Avalanche 59-29-13 .649
Boston Bruins 170-88-28 .643
Pittsburgh Penguins 173-92-22 .641

Vladimir Tarasenko shares the NHL lead in even-strength goals since the beginning of 2014-15. And Montreal’s Max Pacioretty joins Tarasenko as one of only five skaters with at least 30 over that time frame.

Most Even-Strength Goals Since 2014-15

Player Team Goals
Vladimir Tarasenko Blues 33
Steven Stamkos Lightning 33
Rick Nash Rangers 32
Alex Ovechkin Capitals 31
Max Pacioretty Canadiens 30

Alex Pietrangelo and P.K. Subban have each logged a ton of ice time in the early going.

Most Total Time on Ice This Season

Player Team Ice Time
Alex Pietrangelo Blues 160:29
P.K. Subban Canadiens 157:52
Erik Karlsson Senators 156:28
Brent Burns Sharks 155:50
Ryan McDonagh Rangers 153:49