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Saturday, October 21st (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (2-3-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (4-3-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to get back on the winning track this evening when they host the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.

Chicago had a two-game winning streak come to an end with Friday's 5-4 loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Martin Lapointe scored late in the third period to give Chicago a 4-3 lead but goaltender Brian Boucher allowed two more goals for the loss. Boucher had 33 saves and Rene Bourque and Lasse Kukkonen each had a goal and an assist.

Mikael Holmqvist lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who will open a three-game homestand after Saturday's tilt versus St. Louis.

Meanwhile, the Blues have dropped two in a row and are just 2-5 on the young 2006-07 season.

On Friday St. Louis suffered a 3-2 overtime loss against the Vancouver Canucks. Sami Salo netted the game-winning marker as time expired in the extra period to lift Vancouver.

Petr Cjanek and Lee Stempniak each scored a goal and Keith Tkachuk had two assists for the Blues, while goaltender Curtis Sanford made 36 saves.

St. Louis defeated the Blackhawks this season on October 14, as Radek Dvorak's third-period goal proved to be the difference. Devorak also added an assist and Lee Stempniak had two helpers for the Blues. Manny Legace stopped 19-of-22 shots in net for the Blues.

The Blues have won three of the last five meetings with Chicago but have dropped two straight and three of their last four trips to the Windy City.

10/21 10:48:46 ET

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