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Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (5-4-2) at St. Louis Blues (5-4-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins might have to try and break their three-game losing streak without Sidney Crosby as they visit the St. Louis Blues for tonight's matchup at Scottrade Center.

Crosby was forced out of Pittsburgh's 4-1 loss in Phoenix on Thursday with an undisclosed injury. Crosby disappeared from the bench towards the beginning of the third and is deemed to be day-to-day, making his status for tonight uncertain.

The 21-year-old phenom has 13 points with three goals in 11 games so far this season, his fourth in the league. Crosby is coming off an injury-shortened 2007-08 season in which he missed 29 games with a high-ankle sprain, but still finished with 72 points, including 24 goals.

Shane Doan scored twice and assisted on another goal as the Coyotes downed the Penguins at Jobing.com Arena.

Miroslav Satan had the lone goal for the Penguins, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in his team's third straight loss. Pittsburgh's current slide comes on the heels of a three-game winning streak.

The Penguins are 0-2-1 on a four-game road trip that ends this evening. Pittsburgh is 2-2-1 overall as the visiting team this season.

The Blues, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four games and are completing a seven-game homestand tonight. St. Louis is 3-3-0 on its longest residency of the season and can close the stand on a positive note tonight.

St. Louis was blanked 1-0 by visiting Carolina on Thursday as Cam Ward turned away all 19 shots he faced and Tuomo Ruutu tallied the lone goal for the Hurricanes.

Chris Mason was excellent for the Blues despite losing, saving 28-of-29 shots in the setback.

The Blues have won three straight, five of six and six of the last eight meetings against Pittsburgh, which last beat St. Louis on February 22, 2003 in an overtime victory in the Steel City.

The Pens have dropped four in a row and five of their last six games in St. Louis.

11/01 10:32:48 ET


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