NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 14th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (13-4-3) at St. Louis Blues (6-7-4), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks begin a string of six road games over
their next eight contests this evening, when they visit the St. Louis Blues at
The Sharks are 6-0-2 at home this year and 7-4-1 as the guest. They were last
in action on Thursday, when they dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the
Stephane Robidas had the winner for Dallas in the final frame, capping a rally
that saw the Stars come back from a 2-0 third-period deficit. Dany Heatley and
Ryane Clowe had second-period goals for the Sharks, who have still earned a
point in 10 straight games (8-0-2).
"We've been pretty good this year going into the third putting teams away,"
said Clowe. "They got a pretty fluky goal, the first one, I think it went off
[defenseman Jason] Demers' skate. It was a good hockey game all around, both
teams played hard."
Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 34-of-36 shots for San Jose, which had a two-game
winning streak snapped.
The Sharks, who play three straight on the road beginning tonight, were
without Rob Blake for a fourth straight game due to an upper-body injury.
The Blues continue a six-game homestand, having gone 1-1-0 so far on the
residency. St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak with a win on Tuesday
over Vancouver, but was then handled by Nashville, 3-1, on Thursday.
Brad Boyes lit the lamp for the Blues, who fell to 3-6-1 as the host and
failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since a two-game sweep of
Detroit in Sweden to begin the season. Chris Mason allowed two goals on 36
shots in the loss.
"We got what we deserved tonight," Blues head coach Andy Murray said. "Usually
in this game and in life, you do. We tried to alert our team this morning,
because I sensed that we were somewhat loose after the victory the other
night...I shouldn't have to alert them because every single game we play
against [Nashville] is that way. We know they're going to work extremely
Forward Paul Kariya has mirrored St. Louis' recent struggles, as he has been
held without a point for nine straight games.
The Blues won their final two meetings with the Sharks last year after having
lost seven in a row to the club (0-6-1). Both those wins came in St. Louis,
where the Sharks have still won eight of their last 12.
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