NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, March 11th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (30-26-9) at New York Islanders (26-32-8), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try to get back on track tonight
when they visit the New York Islanders for an interconference clash at Nassau
The Blues pushed their winning streak to a season-high five games by posting
consecutive victories to begin their post-Olympic schedule. However, St. Louis
had its momentum halted in a big way Saturday, dropping a 7-3 road decision
St. Louis is still battling to stay in the playoff race. The Blues are
currently six points out of the eighth and final postseason berth in the
Chris Stewart netted the first hat trick of his career and added an assist as
to lead the Avalanche to Saturday's rout.
Alexander Steen had two goals and David Perron added a marker for the Blues.
Chris Mason started in net, but was pulled in the second period for giving up
four goals on 15 shots. Ty Conklin played the rest of the game and gave up two
goals on 17 shots.
"We were just a step behind tonight," said Steen. "Skating is the biggest part
of the game cause you can't clutch and grab and hold anymore and they were
just a step ahead of us all night."
St. Louis, which has a solid 18-10-4 mark as the visitor this year, is playing
the fourth test of a six-game road trip tonight.
Meanwhile, the Islanders have lost three straight games and are just 3-12-0 in
their last 15 contests. The swoon has dropped New York to 14th place out of 15
teams in the East.
New York was dealt a 3-2 loss Tuesday in Philadelphia, marking the 15th
straight victory for the Flyers against the Isles -- the longest active
stretch of victories by one team over any single opponent in the league.
The Isles led 2-0 in the second period, but Philadelphia rallied to keep its
Rookie John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, while Dwayne
Roloson allowed three goals on 35 shots in the loss.
"I thought we played well," said Roloson. "We did the things we needed to do
to win the hockey game. Unfortunately, they capitalized on a couple power
plays -- that's just the way things have been bouncing for us."
Tonight's test marks the first of three straight on home ice for the Isles,
who are 17-13-2 as the host this year. They will also host New Jersey and
Toronto during the residency.
The Blues posted a 4-1 home win over the Isles on November 21 and have won two
of three and four of the last six meetings between the clubs. St. Louis is 4-2
with a tie in its last seven trips to Long Island.
03/11 11:01:47 ET