GAME: St. Louis Blues (20-7-3-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-17-7-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues have an excellent chance to win their next game --
because they aren't playing the Detroit Red Wings.
The Blues will try to rebound from a one-goal loss to their archrivals when
they take on the woeful Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
St. Louis had its nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2) snapped with a 2-1 loss
in Detroit on Monday. The Blues are 9-2-3 since Nov. 29, with both defeats
coming by one goal to the Red Wings. St. Louis did manage a 4-4 tie with
Detroit on Dec. 4.
"We made a couple of key errors that cost us," Blues wing Scott Mellanby
said. "It's part of hockey."
The Blues played Monday's game short-handed as leading goal-scorer Keith
Tkachuk (ankle infection) and promising center Petr Cajanek (sore neck) were
sidelined by injuries. Both could be available for Tuesday's game.
Despite Monday's loss, goaltender Chris Osgood has been outstanding of late,
boasting a .929 save percentage (197-for-212) and going 6-1-2 over his last
Winners of just one game in December (1-5-3), the Blackhawks are coming off
their most inspired effort of the season.
Chicago played defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey to a 2-2 tie at the
United Center on Sunday in a game which honored the memory of former Blackhawks
defenseman Keith Magnuson, who was killed in a three-car accident on Dec. 15 in
Ville Nieminen and Burke Henry scored third-period goals as the Blackhawks
battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits.
"As a team we showed a lot of character for tonight's people and for the
Magnuson family," Nieminen said. "We really played our hearts out. I thought
that was the greatest hockey game in this building this year."
Chicago defenseman Steve Poapst left with an injured leg in the second
period but is expected to play Tuesday against St. Louis.