NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 25th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (26-26-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (22-30-9), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try to extend their winning streak
to a season-high five games today, when they visit the struggling Chicago
Blackhawks at the United Center.
St. Louis is just one victory away from its longest win streak since the club
reeled off six straight triumphs from December 6-18, 2003.
The Blues last played on Tuesday evening, when they posted a close win in
Columbus. Lee Stempniak notched a goal and an assist and also scored in the
shootout as St. Louis edged the Blue Jackets, 5-4.
Bill Guerin, David Backes and Christian Backman each scored while Manny Legace
made 27 saves and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout.
Prior to today's game, the Blues dumped some salary by trading forward Keith
Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward Glen Metropolit,
first and third round draft choices in 2007 and a second round draft pick in
2008. Tkachuk, who had been in St. Louis since the middle of the 2000-01
campaign, has 20 goals and 23 assists on the season.
There is speculation that Guerin, who leads St. Louis in points (47) and goals
(28) this year, will also be dealt before Tuesday's trade deadline.
However, the Blues did make the decision to hold onto a few of their players
this weekend, as they signed goaltender Manny Legace and defenseman Eric
Brewer to contract extensions on Saturday. Legace agreed to a two-year deal,
while Brewer came to terms on a four-year extension.
St. Louis, which is 11-11-6 as the away team this year, is playing three of
its next four games on the road.
While the Blues have hit their stride recently, Chicago has been mired in a
five-game losing streak. The Blackhawks were dealt their latest setback
Thursday night, when they dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting San Jose. Evgeni
Nabokov stopped all 21 shots he faced and Joe Thornton had a goal and an
assist for the Sharks. .
Patrick Lalime made 21 saves for the Blackhawks, who have dropped six of their
last seven games (1-4-2).
This afternoon's test is the second portion of a four-game homestand for
Chicago. The Blackhawks are 11-14-4 as the host team this year.
The Blackhawks have won four of the seven meetings with St. Louis this season.
02/25 12:22:36 ET