NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
New York Rangers (22-18-7) at St. Louis Blues (20-19-7), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Before New York takes on St. Louis this evening, it might
want to make sure that the Blues don't have a goaltender named Brodeur on
Coming off back-to-back shutout losses, the Rangers will try to extend their
six-game road point streak versus the Blues at Scottrade Center.
The Rangers haven't scored in their last 144 minutes and 23 seconds of ice
time thanks to consecutive losses to New Jersey and Ottawa. New York dropped a
1-0 shootout to Martin Brodeur and the Devils on Tuesday, extending their
overall points streak to seven games (4-0-3) before failing to get any of
their 32 shots past Senators rookie Mike Brodeur in Thursday's 2-0 loss.
Mike Brodeur, who is a distant relative of Martin, was called up from the
minors before the game on an emergency basis after starter Pascal Leclaire was
hurt in practice.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32-of-33 shots in the loss, giving up the winning
goal with just 74 seconds left in regulation. Ottawa capped the scoring with
an empty-net goal.
"We played hard for the whole game, and then I don't know what we did in the
last minute," Lundqvist said. "When you don't score, a mistake like that costs
you. It is frustrating because, I think, everybody is playing hard and playing
solid defensively but it comes down to we need to score goals, too."
New York's two shutouts both came at home and the club is 12-7-3 on the road
this year. That includes a 5-0-1 mark of its last six as the guest.
The Rangers stand sixth in the Eastern Conference with 51 points, while the
Blues wrap a three-game homestand tonight eight points back of the eighth spot
in the Western Conference.
St. Louis began its homestand just 6-14-3 at home, but has bested Columbus and
Minnesota to run its overall win streak to a season-high-tying three straight
The Blues are coming off a whitewash of their own, as they blanked the Wild
1-0 on Thursday. Chris Mason made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season
and 19th of his career, while T.J. Oshie had the game's lone goal 26 seconds
into the third period.
St. Louis, which had lost five straight at home before this residency, notched
a 2-1 home win over the Rangers on February 16 of last season. Mason made 19
saves in his first-ever start versus New York, while Lundqvist halted 31 shots
in first appearance against St. Louis.
The Blues have five wins and a tie in their last eight meetings with the
Rangers and have won two of the last three played in St. Louis.
01/16 10:44:53 ET