GAME: San Jose Sharks (15-10-11-3) at St. Louis Blues (22-9-4-1).
TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues shoot for their sixth straight win over the Pacific
Division-leading San Jose Sharks as the teams meet at the Savvis Center.
This is the third meeting between St. Louis and San Jose this season. The
Blues have won both previous encounters, to extend their win streak in the
series to five. They have won nine of the last 11 games against the Sharks, and
lead the all-time series 37-10-2-1.
Keith Tkachuk has four assists against the Sharks this season, giving him 57
points in 45 career games against them. The Blues' leading scorer enters this
contest riding a 12-game point streak. He has 20 points during the run,
including a goal and two assists in St. Louis' 5-4 win over the visiting New
York Rangers on Thursday.
The victory was just the second in seven games for St. Louis, but it gave
coach Joel Quenneville his 300th career win. Quenneville, the 19th coach in
Blues history, has coached St. Louis since Jan. 6, 1997. He is 300-194-74 in
the regular season, but only 34-34 in the playoffs.
Quenneville ranks fourth among active NHL coaches in winning percentage.
"It's a big win," Quenneville said. "I've enjoyed every minute of it
here. We've had a good situation. There are a lot of good people around to be
part of it. The team wins and I'm happy to be a part of it."
The Blues won despite getting outshot 43-22. St. Louis, which owns the
league's second-best power-play unit, was 4-for-8 on the man-advantage.
"This is one of those games where we probably didn't deserve to win at
all," Quenneville said. "We weren't very good at all."
The Sharks had their six-game (5-0-1) unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-1 loss
at Chicago on Friday. Alex Korolyuk scored the lone goal for San Jose, and
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots.
Patrick Marleau, the team's leading scorer with 28 points, added an assist.
He has five goals and eight points in his last eight games.