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Friday, November 14th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (5-8-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-3-4), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to remain unbeaten in regulation at home tonight, as they continue a five-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.

Chicago won the first two games of this residency, stretching its overall winning streak to a season-high four games, but lost in a shootout to Boston, 2-1, on Wednesday.

Chicago managed just one goal after scoring a total of 21 times over its winning streak. That included back-to-back six-goal games in home wins over Colorado and Calgary.

Jonathan Toews scored in his second straight game after failing to light the lamp in his first 12 games this year, but Nikolai Khabibulin couldn't stop the Bruins' P.J. Axelsson in the shootout. Khabibulin ended with 38 saves in the tough-luck loss.

The loss dropped the Blackhawks to 6-0-3 at home this year, their best home start to a season since going 9-0 with three ties in their first 12 games at the United Center in 2001-02.

Patrick Kane and Cam Barker had assists on Toews' goal, with Kane pushing his point streak to five games (2 goals, 8 assists). Barker, meanwhile, has two goals and four assists in six games so far this season.

The Blues will try to hand Chicago back-to-back losses for the first time since October 25-27 and halt their own six-game losing streak (0-5-1) in the process.

St. Louis has been finding the back of the net on its skid, having scored three or more goals in four of its last six losses. However, the club has allowed a total of 26 goals on the losing streak as well.

Manny Legace struggled for a second straight game since returning from a hip injury in late October. He has allowed seven goals in 63 minutes of action, getting pulled 5:18 into the first period of Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Buffalo.

Legace allowed three goals on seven shots before his exit. Chris Mason allowed a goal on 25 shots in relief. An All-Star last year, Legace is just 4-3-0 with a 3.54 goals against average and .885 save percentage in eight starts this year. He hasn't posted a win since a 23-save effort versus the Blackhawks on October 18, a 4-3 shootout home win by St. Louis.

David Perron had a goal and two assists, while Lee Stempniak and Patrik Berglund each had a goal and a helper for the Blues on Wednesday. Berglund has scored in back-to-back games and has four goals and three assists over five- game point streak.

The Blues wrap a five-game road trip tonight and are just 1-4-1 as the visiting team this year.

Chicago has won five of eight versus St. Louis in each of the previous three seasons, but it was the Blues who posted a victory when the clubs met for the first time this year.

The Blues have lost three straight and six of their last seven in Chicago.

11/14 10:41:46 ET


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