GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (11-38-5-3) at St. Louis Blues (26-22-7-1).
TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues may be facing the perfect opponent as they try to end
their scoring woes.
St. Louis will look to break out of its offensive slump when it hosts the
Pittsburgh Penguins, losers of a franchise-record 13 straight games.
The Blues snapped an eight-game winless streak with a 2-1 road win over
Calgary in their last game before the All-Star break, but they've lost two in a
row since returning to action this week.
St. Louis has struggled the last seven weeks, getting just six wins in 27
games (6-16-5) following a six-game winning streak from Dec. 6-18. The Blues
have been outscored 34-13 over their last 11 games, and have scored more than
two goals just three times in their last 20 contests.
St. Louis was shut out for the second time in its last five games on
Thursday, falling 4-0 at home to Colorado. The Blues are winless in their last
five (0-4-1) at the Savvis Center.
"This hasn't been any fun at all," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. "I
know the players are not happy here and I think we've got to remain positive
Despite its extended stretch of poor play, St. Louis is still in the thick
of the playoff race in the Western Conference. And the Blues now get to face a
team that has allowed the most goals in the NHL this season.
Pittsburgh has given up 218 goals overall, and has been outscored 60-28
during its 13-game skid. The Penguins had their losing streak extended Thursday
with a 5-1 road loss to Florida.
"I don't know if it will all come together, but certainly positive play or
a win certainly will help obviously stop the bleeding," Penguins coach Ed
The Penguins' losing streak is four shy of the NHL record shared by the
Washington Capitals (1974-75) and San Jose Sharks (1992-93).
"Every night it's kind of the same story," Pittsburgh defenseman Marc
Bergevin said. "We're sitting here and trying to give you a reason why. It's
Pittsburgh is 15-42-6 all-time in St. Louis, and has lost two straight there
since a 4-3 win on Dec. 12, 1998.