NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 12th
(All times Eastern)
San Jose Sharks (30-16-6) at St. Louis Blues (33-14-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The first-place San Jose Sharks will make the first stop on
their longest road trip of the season tonight, as they visit the St. Louis
Blues in a Western Conference showdown at Scottrade Center.
The Sharks lead the Pacific Division by three points over Los Angeles and
they'll try to hold onto that advantage while they pick their way through a
nine-game swing that starts tonight in the Gateway City and ends Feb. 26 in
Minnesota. San Jose is 12-7-4 as the road team this year compared to an 18-9-2
San Jose ended a two-game slide and won for the fourth time in six games
Friday night against visiting Chicago. Benn Ferriero's goal early in the third
period proved to be the winner, as the Sharks notched a 5-3 win over the
struggling Blackhawks at HP Pavilion.
Justin Braun, Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton and Jamie McGinn also tallied goals for
the Sharks, while Antti Niemi stopped 30-of-33 shots for the win.
"We have got to find ways to be a little more consistent," Sharks head coach
Todd McLellan said. "You could see the desperation in both teams, which are
good games to play in, especially when we're winning."
The Sharks will not face a single Pacific Division foe during its road trip,
but will have five tests against teams from the Western Conference.
St. Louis will try to improve to 3-0 against the Sharks this year after
posting a win at home and one in San Jose during the season series. The clubs
have split the six meetings overall and St. Louis has won two of the last
three on its home ice.
The Blues have won three straight overall and are three behind Detroit for
first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference.
St. Louis has recorded its last two victories after regulation and is coming
off Saturday's overtime win over visiting Colorado. The dramatic victory over
the Avalanche improved St. Louis' record at home this year to 23-3-4 and the
Blues have gained a point in a club-record 18 straight home games (15-0-3).
Carlo Colaiacovo scored the first goal since the opening period with 1:42 to
play in overtime, sending St. Louis to the 3-2 victory over Colorado.
"I had a lot of chances tonight. I've been getting a lot of chances lately.
I'm just happy that one finally went in and it didn't take my stick to put it
in," said Colaiacovo, who admitted that he felt the puck glance off his elbow
after a wrist shot by Patrik Berglund.
Brian Elliott stopped 17 shots for St. Louis, which also received a pair of
assists from T.J. Oshie.
Jason Arnott is not expected to play tonight for the Blues after sitting out
the last four games with a bruised left shoulder. Matt D'Agostini will also
miss a third straight game since sustaining a blow to the head on Tuesday
However, the Blues could get forward Andy McDonald back today. McDonald, who
had 50 points in 58 games for the Blues last year, has been out since
suffering a concussion on Oct. 13 in Dallas.
02/12 11:10:12 ET