NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 4th (All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (25-19-7-1) at Edmonton Oilers (21-24-8-1), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues try to get back on the winning track tonight when they travel to Rexall Place to battle the Edmonton Oilers.
The Blues' cold streak over the past few weeks has dropped the team out of the playoff race for the time being. St. Louis has dropped three straight games and is winless in its last seven contests (0-6-1). The team has been outscored, 12-3, in the last three, including a 4-0 setback in Minnesota on Monday.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 24 shots to earn his third shutout of the season and Wes Walz scored twice for the Wild.
The Blues, who have won only five of their last 23 contests, currently have 58 points and are two behind Nashville, Calgary and Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They have also dropped to third place in the Central Division -- behind the Predators and first- place Red Wings.
In Monday's loss, Blues goaltender Chris Osgood stopped only six of nine shots that he faced for the Blues. Reinhard Divis came in to replace Osgood and stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced. Osgood has just one win in his last 16 starts and has posted a 2.88 goals against average in his last 11 games.
The Blues head into Calgary on Thursday night for their last game before the All-Star break.
The Oilers are fresh off Monday's exciting win against the Mighty Ducks. Jarret Stoll scored 36 seconds into overtime to lift Edmonton to a 2-1 win at Rexall Place.
Ethan Moreau also scored and Ty Conklin made 19 saves for the Oilers, who won for the second time in three games overall and for the third straight time in the series.
Stoll's first goal in 14 games ended the contest early in the extra period. A shot by Igor Ulanov, from the right point, deflected towards Stoll, who was positioned in the left slot. Stoll then tipped the puck past Martin Gerber.
Tonight's game is the Oilers' final one before the All-Star break.
St. Louis is 5-1-2 in the last eight meetings with the Oilers, including a 6-4 win in Edmonton on October 21. However, the Blues are just 2-4-1 in their last seven trips to Edmonton.
02/04 10:25:53 ET