GAME: St. Louis Blues (25-19-7-1) at Edmonton Oilers (21-24-8-1).
TIME: Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues' inability to score has them on the verge of matching
their longest winless skid in 22 years.
St. Louis looks to avoid going without a win in eight straight games for the
first time since 1982 when it visits the Edmonton Oilers.
The Blues extended their skid on Monday, losing 4-0 on the road to the
Minnesota Wild to fall to 0-6-1 in their last seven contests. St. Louis hasn't
endured an eight-game winless streak since going 0-7-1 from Feb. 3-20, 1982.
The Blues have lost three in row, and haven't dropped four straight since a
five-game skid in November 2001.
St. Louis has struggled the last six weeks, getting just five wins in 23
games (5-13-5) since a six-game winning streak from Dec. 6-18. The Blues have
been outscored 21-7 during their current winless skid, and have scored more
than two goals just twice in their last 16 games.
"We're just really having a hard time getting the puck in the net," Blues
right wing Scott Mellanby said.
After their sixth straight win on Dec. 18, the Blues were one point behind
the Detroit Red Wings for the best record in the Western Conference. Since that
victory, St. Louis has dropped into ninth place in the West.
"Everybody feels the desperation," Mellanby said. "We're not even in a
playoff spot anymore ... and that's really a rude situation when you consider
where we were six weeks ago."
Edmonton won for the second time in its last three games on Monday, beating
the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 2-1 in overtime at Rexall Place.
Jarret Stoll scored 36 seconds into overtime, two days after the Oilers gave
up the tying goal to the Los Angeles Kings with 70 seconds left in the third
period before losing with just 6 seconds remaining.
"We knew firsthand from the last game that there was a worse result than
going into overtime tied 1-1," said coach Craig MacTavish, whose Oilers are in
12th place in the West. "We're not going to take any result less than a win. A
tie is not good enough."