NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 1st (All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (7-14-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (8-12-2), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try to rebound from a fruitless homestand, as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks this evening at the United Center.
The Blues were 0-3-0 during their three-game homestand, dropping games to Phoenix, San Jose and Nashville.
The most recent setback came Thursday evening against the Predators as Scott Hartnell and David Legwand both tallied a goal and an assist to propel the Nashville to a 5-4 win at Scottrade Center.
Bill Guerin scored twice while Keith Tkachuk picked up a goal and a helper for St. Louis, which is 3-9-0 in its last 12 contests. Manny Legace gave up five goals on 17 shots in the loss and Curtis Sanford didn't need to make a save in his 5 1/2 minutes of relief.
Tonight the Blues will try their luck on the road, where they are just 3-7-1 this year.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks hope they can finish a brief two-game homestand with a perfect mark after posting a 2-1 victory over Dallas on Wednesday. Tuomo Ruutu scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 1:48 remaining as the Blackhawks gave new head coach Denis Savard a win in his first game behind the bench.
Savard, an NHL Hall of Famer, retired from the league in 1997. He became an assistant for Chicago and served under seven coaches before replacing the fired Trent Yawney on Monday.
The goal was Ruttu's fourth in five games and gave the Blackhawks just their fourth win in their last 16 contests. They were coming off a 1-3-1 road trip that finished with three regulation losses in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. In those games combined, the team scored only three goals.
Tony Salmelainen also scored for Chicago and Nikolai Khabibulin made 20 saves between the pipes.
Tonight's match is the fourth encounter of the season between the Blues and Blackhawks. St. Louis has won two of the three tests this year and four of the last seven overall.
12/01 10:12:29 ET