The St. Louis Blues have been getting stellar goaltending from Brian Elliott, but it's rookie Jake Allen's turn to be between the pipes.
Allen is expected to start Friday night as the Blues look for a seventh straight victory when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.
St. Louis (23-14-2) is riding its longest win streak since a seven-game run Oct. 22-Nov. 7, 2010. The last three victories have been mainly because of Elliott, who made 23 saves for his third straight shutout in Thursday's 2-0 win at Minnesota.
The Blues' surge gives them 48 points in the crowded Western Conference standings. That's six more than ninth-place Phoenix and seven more than Columbus (17-16-7) and Dallas.
"Chemistry is that elusive animal that you try to catch up to," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you've got it, it feels like you're never going to lose. When you don't have it, it feels like you're never going to win. ... We've got a real good spirit, and we don't want to let go of the rope."
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