The St. Louis Blues' offensive production hasn't changed much since coach Ken Hitchcock took over last month. The difference since Davis Payne was fired is on defense.
St. Louis looks to extend its season-best winning streak to five Friday night when it faces a Colorado Avalanche team trying to record consecutive home wins for the first time since January.
The Blues (14-8-2), who averaged 2.46 goals during a 6-7-0 start under Payne, are scoring 2.45 per contest since Hitchcock took over Nov. 6.
However, St. Louis has allowed just 13 goals while going 8-1-2 under Hitchcock. The club surrendered 32 goals in its first 13 games.
With Jaroslav Halak stopping 18 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Washington, the Blues lead the league in goals allowed per game (2.00) and are facing the fewest shots per contest at 25.6.
"We're starting to dial in the way we need to play to win hockey games," Hitchcock said. "When you play this well, it's a good feeling...