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Saturday, March 10th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (33-30-6) at St. Louis Blues (29-28-10), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping Montreal Canadiens are falling further down the Eastern Conference standings and will try to rebound tonight against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.

Montreal has lost five of its last six games and is now three points behind Carolina for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

The Canadiens fell behind 2-0 to Atlanta in the first period on Thursday only to see the Thrashers tack on four more goals in the second en route to a 6-2 win over Montreal.

Guillaume Latendresse and Radek Bonk scored for the Canadiens and Mike Johnson added a pair of assists in defeat.

Goaltending has become an issue for Montreal during their losing ways. The club appeared to catch lightning in a bottle when Cristobal Huet was lost for the season due to the play of Jaroslav Halak. Halak won his first three career starts, but has since dropped his last four games. He stopped 10-of-15 shots in almost 27 minutes of action on Thursday before he was replaced. David Aebischer finished with 13 saves in relief.

Tonight's game will conclude a five-game road trip for the Canadiens, who have yet to win a contest on the swing and are 14-18-3 as the visitor.

The Blues ended a two-game losing streak on Thursday with a 5-3 win over Dallas. Lee Stempniak and Brad Boyes tallied a goal and an assist and Doug Weight scored twice.

Eric Brewer also scored for the Blues, who are 17-16-3 as the host this season. The club next hits the road for three games, beginning in Calgary on Monday.

The Blues will be a little shorthanded this evening, as defenseman Jay McKee is expected to miss the game due to a hip/abdominal ailment, while center Ryan Johnson is questionable with a hip injury.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season and the first in St. Louis since December of 2001. The clubs last met on January 13, 2004, when Montreal snapped a four-game series losing streak with a 5-2 victory.

03/10 11:09:12 ET


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