GAME: San Jose Sharks (10-8-10-3) at St. Louis Blues (19-6-2-1).
TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues go for their season-high sixth straight win as they take
on the visiting San Jose Sharks.
The Blues are a season-high 13 games above .500, but are three points behind
the first-place Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division.
On Tuesday, Keith Tkachuk scored with 42.7 seconds left in overtime, giving
the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The win gave the Blues
their longest winning streak since a nine-game run from Oct. 17-Nov. 5, 2002.
The Blues are 6-0-1 in December, with three of the victories coming in
"I think that's just the way the games are playing out," defenseman Chris
Pronger said. "They're extremely close and we just seem to find a way to win
right now. As long as we continue to do that, I think everybody will be
The Blues won their fifth straight despite playing without center Doug
Weight, who sat out with a groin injury. Weight, who has eight goals and 17
assists, is expected to play against the Sharks.
The Sharks have just two wins in seven games (2-2-2-1) following a five-game
winning streak, and are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings on
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored with 18.8 seconds to go in regulation before
Brendan Shanahan won it with 1:09 left in the extra period.
Scott Thornton, who was without a goal since Nov. 6, gave San Jose a 2-1
lead early in the third period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves.