GAME: St. Louis Blues (25-18-7-1) at Minnesota Wild (17-20-15-2).
TIME: Monday, 8 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild have already shown they're evenly
matched teams this season - twice.
After skating to a pair of ties in the teams' meetings at the Savvis Center
last month, the Blues will try to end a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) as they
visit the Wild.
St. Louis has struggled the last six weeks, getting just five wins in 22
games (5-12-5) since a six-game winning streak from Dec. 6-18. The Blues have
been outscored 17-7 during their current winless skid, which follows a
three-game unbeaten run (2-0-1) in which they scored 11 goals.
"We've got to snap out of it because we're slipping away pretty quick,"
St. Louis left wing Keith Tkachuk said.
The Blues are coming off a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday,
marking the 13th time in 15 games they scored two goals or fewer.
"We're just really having a hard time getting the puck in the net," right
wing Scott Mellanby said.
Tkachuk had the Blues' lone score, while goalie Reinhard Divis stopped 21
shots and got his first career loss, dropping his record to 5-1-1.
The Wild are struggling nearly as badly as the Blues, as Minnesota is just
3-6-5-2 since a nine-game unbeaten streak (4-0-5) from Dec. 13-30.
The Wild have played three straight overtime games, and have lost the last
two, including 2-1 at Columbus on Saturday. Minnesota set an NHL record by
getting ties in its first 15 overtime games of the season.
Against the Blue Jackets, the Wild tied it 1-1 with 3:22 left in regulation
on Sergei Zholtok's backhander. However, Columbus' Anders Eriksson got the
game-winner 2:59 into overtime.
Dwayne Roloson finished with 27 saves for Minnesota.
St. Louis and Minnesota tied 1-1 on Jan. 5, and then 2-2 on Jan. 17.