Kuemper lifts Coyotes in shutout against Blues


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the Arizona Coyotes in a 1-0 win against the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena on Monday.

Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes (7-6-2), who went 4-2-1 during seven consecutive games against the Blues because of NHL schedule changes due to COVID-19 protocols. It’s the first time in NHL history teams have played each other seven straight times during the regular season.

Jordan Binnington made 18 saves for the Blues (9-5-2), who were shut out for the second time this season.

Keller gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the second period with a wrist shot from the slot. He has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games.

Nick Schmaltz, who assisted on the goal, scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in the seven games.

Kuemper’s shutout was his first of the season and the 19th of his NHL career.

The Blues had four shots on goal during 3:26 of continuous power-play time, which included a two-man advantage for 34 seconds. They were 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-23 during the seven games.

Blues defenseman Torey Krug left in the third period with an upper-body injury and is day to day.

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