NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 6th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (37-15-5) at St. Louis Blues (25-23-9), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks are struggling through their longest
stretch without a win this season. The Central Division leaders will try to
end that slide when they visit the St. Louis Blues tonight at Scottrade
The Blackhawks have a comfortable 13-point lead over Nashville atop the
Central, but the club has gone 0-2-1 in its last three games. Chicago last
went three straight without a win during an 0-3-2 stretch from March 13-20 of
Chicago began this slide with back-to-back regulation losses, but was at least
able to earn a point in Friday's home setback against Phoenix. Adrian Aucoin
netted the decisive goal in the shootout, as the Coyotes edged the Blackhawks,
2-1, at United Center.
With the shootout tied heading to the third round, Aucoin fired a shot that
deflected in off the right shoulder of Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet. The
Coyotes prevailed when Jason LaBarbera poke-checked the puck off the stick of
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.
Colin Fraser had the lone goal in regulation for the Blackhawks, while Huet
made 21 saves in defeat.
"Trying to win the game 2-1, would have been nothing wrong with that," said
Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "We have to fight through the
(frustration), knowing that checking is going to be a priority from here on
out. Finding a way to win 2-1, there's nothing wrong with that."
Chicago has a solid 16-9-3 record as the guest this year and will aim for a
third straight road win tonight.
The Blues were handed a defeat their last time out and have alternated losses
and wins over their last seven games. St. Louis is 4-4-2 in 10 outings since a
season-high four-game winning streak from January 9-16.
St. Louis dropped a 4-2 decision Thursday against the visiting San Jose Sharks
as Devin Setoguchi's power-play goal late in the second period proved to be
Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen got the goals for the Blues, who came in
to the game with the Sharks flying high off Wednesday's 3-2 road win over the
Chicago has taken two of three from the Blues this season, but St. Louis has
five wins in the last nine overall encounters. The Blackhawks have won two of
three and three of their last five in the Gateway City.
The Blues are just 9-15-5 at Scottrade Center this year and have lost their
last three games as the host.
With 59 points, St. Louis is 20 behind Chicago in the Central standings and
seven points out of a playoff spot in the West.
02/06 11:15:32 ET