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Tuesday, December 19th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (7-19-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (15-12-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues aim for their first win in nearly a month, as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for tonight's clash at Mellon Arena.

The Blues have dropped 11 straight games (0-8-3) and haven't tasted victory since defeating Detroit in a shootout back on November 24. St. Louis is also 0-2-2 since Andy Murray took over head coaching duties for the fired Mike Kitchen.

The last two setbacks for the Blues came in a home-and-home sweep against Nashville. St. Louis dropped a 3-2 shootout decision on Saturday and lost an overtime game the following day.

On Sunday, Dan Hamhuis' goal late in the third period tied the game and Kimmo Timonen scored the game-winner in OT as Nashville rallied to beat St. Louis, 2-1.

With the Blues holding a 1-0 lead for most of the contest, St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace appeared to be heading to a well deserved shutout. However, with 4:19 left in the third period, Hamhuis redirected David Legwand's shot from the right point past Legace to tie the game at 1-1.

In the extra session, Keith Tkachuk was whistled for high-sticking and the Predators were able to take advantage. Paul Kariya found Timonen at the left circle and his slap shot beat Legace stick-side for the game-winner.

Lee Stempniak scored the lone goal for the Blues, who are last in the Western Conference with just 20 points this year.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are hoping to get back on track tonight after having a four-game win streak snapped Saturday in Montreal. Saku Koivu's pair of second-period goals lifted the Canadiens to the 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.

The Habs denied Pittsburgh its first five-game winning streak since a six-game splurge from January 17-26, 2002.

Erik Christensen picked up a goal and an assist, while Evgeni Malkin and Alain Nasreddine tallied for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi picked up one assist each, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in a losing cause.

The Blues have won two straight and four of the last five meetings with Pittsburgh. This is the only matchup between the clubs this season.

12/19 10:34:27 ET


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