TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT.
Scott Young summarized the St. Louis Blues' recent tailspin in three words.
"We can't score," said Young, whose 17 goals and 31 assists lead the Blues. "If you can't score, you're not going to win."
The Blues have totaled more than two goals once in their last 15 games, going 1-11-3 in that span. They'll look to generate more offense when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
A Blues win would even the eight-game season series and end St. Louis' seven-game road skid.
The Blues have been outscored 55-23 during their 15-game slide. St. Louis broke a 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) with 2-1 home win over Edmonton on Sunday, but fell 2-0 to Nashville on Tuesday.
The Blues were shut out for the sixth time this season. St. Louis has scored fewer than three goals 42 times and is last in the NHL with 192 goals.
St. Louis failed to convert on six power plays Tuesday, pushing its home drought with the man advantage to 0-for-32 over five games. The Blues are 10-for-92 (10.9 percent) on the power play in the previous 15 games.
The trade of top scorers Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger at the end of January temporarily sparked the Blues, who went 9-2-3 from Jan. 30-March 13, but the 13-game slide followed. St. Louis' run of 25 straight playoff appearances, the longest active run in the four major pro sports, will end this season.
St. Louis also has problems in goal, as top goalies Patrick Lalime and Curtis Sanford are done for the season with knee injuries.
The Blues' nine road wins are the NHL's fewest.
Columbus dropped its third straight Tuesday, 3-2 at Dallas. Trailing by three in the final minutes, Duvie Westcott began a rally by scoring with 2:27 left, and Sergei Fedorov added a goal with 1:34 left.
Rick Nash nearly tied it in the final second, knocking the puck at the net - but into Stars goaltender Marty Turco's right foot.
"I thought we competed hard in the third period, but we took too many penalties in the first two periods," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "We had three penalties I wish we could have had back. We were short-handed for half of the first period. But we never quit and battled back."
Columbus is 4-for-39 (10.3 percent) on the power play in the last nine games.
STANDINGS: Blues - 56 points, 5th place, 62 PB, Central Division. Blue Jackets - 68 points, 3rd place, 50 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Young, 17 goals, 31 assists and 48 points; Jackman, 156 PIM. Blue Jackets - Nash, 29 goals; David Vyborny, 39 assists and 57 points; Jody Shelley, 151 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Blues - Power play: 14.9 percent (74 for 497), 26th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (364 for 445), 16th. Blue Jackets - Power play: 14.0 percent (60 for 430), 29th. Penalty killing: 81.6 percent (408 for 500), 21st.
GOALTENDERS: Blues - Jason Bacashihua (4-7-0, 3.23 GAA); Reinhard Divis (0-5-1, 4.67). Blue Jackets - Marc Denis (19-25-1, 1 SO, 3.26); Pascal Leclaire (10-14-3, 3.28).
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jackets, 4-3.
LAST MEETING: March 31; Blue Jackets, 4-2. At St. Louis, Nash scored twice and Leclaire made 28 saves to help the Blue Jackets hand the Blues their ninth straight loss.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 9-22-8 on the road; Blue Jackets - 20-18-0 at home.
|Apr 13 '06||STL 1 at CBJ 4||M. Hartigan|
|Mar 31 '06||CBJ 4 at STL 2||R. Nash|
|Mar 13 '06||CBJ 2 at STL 3 - OT||C. Backman|
|Jan 20 '06||STL 3 at CBJ 4 - SO||R. Nash|
|Dec 01 '05||CBJ 1 at STL 4||D. Wideman|
|Nov 26 '05||CBJ 4 at STL 3||A. Johnson|
|Nov 16 '05||STL 2 at CBJ 0||L. Stempniak|
|Nov 09 '05||STL 1 at CBJ 3||D. Vyborny|