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Sunday, November 16th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (9-4-2) at St. Louis Blues (6-8-1), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try to post back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly a month when they host the Montreal Canadiens in tonight's matchup at Scottrade Center.

The Blues ended a six-game losing streak their last time out, as they notched a close victory in Chicago on Friday night. St. Louis will now try to piece together consecutive wins for the first time since it won three in a row from October 13-18.

Andy McDonald's second goal of the game 2:15 into overtime lifted the Blues to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.

Skating on the power play after Dave Bolland was called for hooking, Lee Stempniak fired a pass from the high slot over to the right circle, where McDonald one-timed it between the pads of Nikolai Khabibulin for the win.

David Perron and Cam Paddock each scored a goal while Manny Legace made 32 saves for the Blues, who are last in the Western Conference with just 13 points on the year.

Stempniak finished with three assists to extend his point-scoring streak to five games and has two goals and eight helpers during the run. The 25-year-old forward had just one assist in his first six games of the year before putting together the current point streak.

The Blues are 4-4-0 as the host this year and are playing the first of two straight at home tonight. The Ducks will also visit the Gateway City in the Blues' next game on Friday.

Montreal, meanwhile, has dropped two straight and four of its last five games and is coming off Saturday's close loss to visiting Philadelphia. Martin Biron made 24 saves and the Flyers snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Canadiens with the 2-1 win at the Bell Centre.

Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal while Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves in the loss for the Canadiens. Tanguay has notched a point in five straight games, posting two goals and four helpers during the stretch.

No. 1 goaltender Carey Price is expected to be back between the pipes tonight. He is 7-3-1 this season, but the 21-year-old has never faced the Blues in his brief career.

Tonight's tilt marks the opener of a three-game road trip for Montreal, which is 4-2-2 as the visiting team this season.

St. Louis has taken five of seven and six of its last 10 meetings with the Canadiens and Montreal is just 2-4 with a tie in its previous six trips to the Gateway City.

11/16 10:36:50 ET


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