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St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild

Monday, 02.02.2004 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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GAME: St. Louis Blues (25-18-7-1) at Minnesota Wild (17-20-15-2).

TIME: Monday, 8 p.m. EST.

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild have already shown they're evenly matched teams this season - twice.

After skating to a pair of ties in the teams' meetings at the Savvis Center last month, the Blues will try to end a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) as they visit the Wild.

St. Louis has struggled the last six weeks, getting just five wins in 22 games (5-12-5) since a six-game winning streak from Dec. 6-18. The Blues have been outscored 17-7 during their current winless skid, which follows a three-game unbeaten run (2-0-1) in which they scored 11 goals.

"We've got to snap out of it because we're slipping away pretty quick," St. Louis left wing Keith Tkachuk said.

The Blues are coming off a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, marking the 13th time in 15 games they scored two goals or fewer.

"We're just really having a hard time getting the puck in the net," right wing Scott Mellanby said.

Tkachuk had the Blues' lone score, while goalie Reinhard Divis stopped 21 shots and got his first career loss, dropping his record to 5-1-1.

The Wild are struggling nearly as badly as the Blues, as Minnesota is just 3-6-5-2 since a nine-game unbeaten streak (4-0-5) from Dec. 13-30.

The Wild have played three straight overtime games, and have lost the last two, including 2-1 at Columbus on Saturday. Minnesota set an NHL record by getting ties in its first 15 overtime games of the season.

Against the Blue Jackets, the Wild tied it 1-1 with 3:22 left in regulation on Sergei Zholtok's backhander. However, Columbus' Anders Eriksson got the game-winner 2:59 into overtime.

Dwayne Roloson finished with 27 saves for Minnesota.

St. Louis and Minnesota tied 1-1 on Jan. 5, and then 2-2 on Jan. 17.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 04 '04STL 0 at MIN 3S. Veilleux
Feb 02 '04STL 0 at MIN 4W. Walz
Jan 17 '04MIN 2 at STL 2 - OTD. Weight
Jan 05 '04MIN 1 at STL 1 - OTA. Zyuzin
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