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Thursday, December 8th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (5-16-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-10-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning seek their second four-game winning streak of the season tonight when they welcome the St. Louis Blues to the St. Pete Times Forum.

On Friday, Brad Richards scored the game-winning goal in a shootout, as the Lightning defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in Tampa.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist and Vincent Lecavalier scored the other goal for the Lightning, who have won three straight and seven of their last eight games.

Goaltender John Grahame made 34 saves in the victory, as the Bolts defeated former netminder Nikolai Khabibulin's new team.

Overall, the Lightning are 8-0-2 in their last 10 tilts, following six consecutive losses.

Tampa Bay, which is 8-5-1 on home ice, will host Nashville on Saturday.

St. Louis, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games on the heels of a modest two-game winning streak. On Tuesday the Blues dropped a 6-3 tilt to the Islanders in the finale of a three-game homestand. Mike York scored two goals and had three assists to spark New York.

Keith Tkachuk notched a goal and two assists and Eric Boguniecki and Simon Gamache both tallied goals for the Blues. Goaltender Patrick Lalime allowed four goals on just 13 shots before being pulled late in the second period for Curtis Sanford, who made eight saves.

The Blues are second-worst in the league with 65 goals scored, and their 96 goals-against is the fifth-highest mark in the NHL.

St. Louis, which is 2-6-2 on the road, will host the NY Rangers on Saturday.

The Blues are 2-0-1 (2 wins, 1 tie) in the last three meetings against the Lightning.

12/08 13:34:54 ET

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