NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 31st
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (26-13-10-1) at St. Louis Blues (25-17-7-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues try to halt their current winless skid
tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at the Savvis Center.
The Blues were handed a 4-2 home loss by the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday
night. Magnus Arvedson had two goals for the second straight game to lead the
Mark Rycroft and Keith Tkachuk lit the lamp for the Blues, owners of a five
game slide (0-4-1). Chris Osgood made 23 saves in a losing effort.
St. Louis led 1-0 after two periods, but the Canucks responded with three
unanswered goals in the third frame to take the advantage for good.
The Blues have 58 points and are tied with Nashville for second place in the
Central Division. The Red Wings lead the division with 67 points.
St. Louis, 15-6-5 at home this season, completes a two-game stand tonight.
The Devils, meanwhile, were dealt a 5-2 setback in Detroit on Thursday. Tomas
Holmstrom and Mathieu Schneider each posted a goal and an assist, leading the
Red Wings to the victory.
New Jersey had a three-game winning streak stopped and lost for just the
second time in its last eight (5-2-1). Erik Rasmussen and Turner Stevenson
scored for New Jersey, while Martin Brodeur stopped 15 shots in defeat.
This was the only meeting of the season between the last two Stanley Cup
champions, who have also combined for six of the last nine NHL titles.
On the injury front, left wing Jamie Langenbrunner returned to the lineup for
the Devils after missing the previous 28 games with a knee injury.
New Jersey lost for the first time in five road games (3-1-1).
The Devils have won three straight and four of the last five meetings with the
Blues. New Jersey has also picked up three wins in its last nine trips to the
Gateway City (3-2-4).
01/31 10:36:57 ET