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Sharks-Blues Preview @NHL

The San Jose Sharks hope to take their recent stellar play at home out on the road, starting a four-game trip on Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

The Sharks (17-7-0) have won five home games in a row, but have lost two of three on the road. They haven't played away from home since losing 5-0 to Pacific Division-leading Anaheim last Tuesday.

San Jose won its last three games at home - against Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New Jersey - by a combined 14-4 score.

"We've played three very good games at home," Sharks forward Steve Bernier said on the team's official Web site. "We have to keep playing the same way (on the road)."

San Jose, which trails the Ducks by six points in the Pacific, is 8-5-0 in road games this season. After this contest, the Sharks play at Minnesota, Detroit and Dallas.

The Sharks got 24 saves from Evgeni Nabokov for his 30th career shutout in a 2-0 win over New Jersey on Saturday.

"We played 60 minutes and were patient," Nabokov said. "We were prepared to win and wanted the two points."

Nabokov is just 5-6-1 with a 2.91 goals-against average and one career shutout against the Blues, which may cause coach Ron Wilson to go with Vesa Toskala in net. Toskala is 11-2-0 with a 2.13 GAA this season, and has given up just seven goals while winning his last four starts against the Blues.

Joe Thornton, the reigning league MVP, snapped a scoreless tie against the Devils with an unassisted goal 8:49 into the third period after picking off an errant pass.

"I'm not sure what happened," said Thornton, who has points in six of his last seven games. "I wasn't supposed to be on the ice but there was something going on and I just got out there. Then there was the turnover and I just stepped up and shot."

Thornton has six assists in his last three games against the Blues.

St. Louis (7-12-3) is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. Dan Hinote's first-period goal tied the score at 1, but goaltender Curtis Sanford allowed Yanic Perreault's goal late in the second period.

"We got caught flat-footed on the back check and we should have filled in the middle of the ice," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said.

The loss came after the Blues recorded two straight shootout wins on the road. Last season, St. Louis didn't record its eighth win until its 32nd game en route to the worst season in franchise history, with 21 wins and 57 points.

Manny Legace is expected to be back in goal for this game following the shootout wins over Columbus and Detroit. After winning 37 games with the Red Wings last season, Legace made his Blues debut on Oct. 5 against San Jose, and made 30 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss.

The Sharks have won six of the past seven meetings, including three straight in St. Louis.

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