ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The struggling St. Louis Blues try to end
a four-game winless skid at the Savvis Center on Thursday when
they open a four-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Blues are 0-3-1 in their last four home games since beating
Columbus on January 15. They have just three wins in their last
12 games at the Savvis Center, where they are 15-7-5-0 this
St. Louis completed a 1-3-0 road trip with a 3-1 loss to the
Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Mike Danton scored the lone goal in the third period for the
Blues, who could not recover after allowing three first-period
St. Louis is 1-8-1 in its last 10 games overall after losing
just once in its previous five contests.
Blues goalie Chris Osgood stopped only eight of the first 11
shots he faced Tuesday before giving way to Reinhard Divis late
in the first period. Osgood returned in the second period and
stopped Ottawa's final 20 shots.
Colorado comes off a 1-0-1-1 homestand after recording a 1-1 tie
against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Paul Kariya scored and Philippe Sauve, who was the Most Valuable
Player of the Young Stars game during All-Star weekend, had 35
saves as the Avalanche who went 0-for-6 on the power play. Sauve
is 6-0-2 in his last eight starts.
Colorado, which already was without defenseman Rob Blake due to
fractured left leg, lost Travis Brigley to a bruised shoulder in
the first period.
The Avalanche has just four losses in its last 20 games
(13-1-3-3) and are 5-0-2-1 in their last eight games on the
road, where they are 14-3-7-3 last season.