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Blues-Blackhawks Preview

Tuesday, 04.18.2006 / 7:30 PM

Associated Press

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Blues-Blackhawks Preview
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

GAME: St. Louis Blues (21-46-14) at Chicago Blackhawks (25-43-13).

TIME: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

The NHL's last regular-season game to face off features a meeting between the NHL's worst two teams as the St. Louis Blues visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blues' streak of 25 straight playoff appearances has come to an end, and they will finish with their third-lowest point total in franchise history. Only the 1978-79 team with 48 points and the 1977-78 club with 53 were worse.

Chicago, meanwhile, will miss the postseason for the third straight season.

The Blues enter this contest on a four-game skid after falling 3-0 to Phoenix on Sunday. St. Louis has lost 17 of its last 18 and will finish with the fewest points in the Western Conference.

"For the most part, we've played pretty well," Blues forward Jamal Mayers said. "We've been in most every game. (Sunday), for some reason, the effort was not there and it showed."

The Blues' nine road wins are the fewest in the NHL, and they've also scored a league-low 195 goals.

The Blackhawks ended a five-game skid with Sunday's 4-3 home win over Columbus. It was just the second win in nine games for Chicago, which has reached the playoffs just once in the last eight seasons.

Kyle Calder scored the winner Sunday on a 25-foot shot with 4:32 left in the third period to increase his career-high to 25 goals.

"I thought we played solid," Chicago first-year coach Trent Yawney said.

The Blackhawks' 59 points were the fewest in the West in 2003-04, and they have just 63 this season.

Chicago is 4-3 against St. Louis this season, and is trying to win the series for the third time in the last four seasons.

STANDINGS: Blues - 56 points, 5th place, 68 PB, Central Division. Blackhawks - 63 points, 4th place, 61 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Scott Young, 17 goals and 48 points; Young and Petr Cajanek, 31 assists; Barret Jackman, 156 PIM. Blackhawks - Calder and Mark Bell, 25 goals; Calder, 33 assists and 58 points; Matthew Barnaby, 178 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Blues - Power play: 14.7 percent (75 for 511), 26th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.2 percent (379 for 461), 14th. Blackhawks - Power play: 12.2 percent (51 for 417), 30th. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (458 for 546), 11th.

GOALTENDERS: Blues - Jason Bacashihua (4-10-0, 3.26 GAA); Reinhard Divis (0-5-1, 4.67). Blackhawks - Nikolai Khabibulin (16-26-6, 3.38); Craig Anderson (6-12-4, 1 SO, 3.32).

SEASON SERIES: Blackhawks, 4-3.

LAST MEETING: March 29; Blackhawks, 3-2. At Chicago, Calder scored with 1:11 left in overtime and Khabibulin made 44 saves. Trent Whitfield scored St. Louis' second goal in a 3:27 span to tie it with 13:35 left in regulation.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 9-23-8 on the road; Blackhawks - 15-19-6 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 18 '06STL 2 at CHI 3 - OTK. Calder
Mar 29 '06STL 2 at CHI 3 - OTK. Calder
Feb 02 '06CHI 5 at STL 6 - SOL. Stempniak
Dec 28 '05STL 2 at CHI 1D. Drake
Dec 16 '05STL 1 at CHI 5M. Lapointe
Nov 10 '05CHI 4 at STL 2J. Vandermeer
Nov 02 '05CHI 6 at STL 5 - OTB. Seabrook
Oct 11 '05CHI 1 at STL 4J. McClement
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