Ny Rangers (19-8-4) at St Louis (5-17-3) 8:00 pm EST
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The surprise New York Rangers hope to end
their mini road trip on a winning note when they visit the lowly
St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
After dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks
on Wednesday in the opener of their three-game road swing, the
Rangers posted an impressive 5-1 victory over the Nashville
Predators on Thursday.
Netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots while fellow rookie
Petr Prucha and Steve Rucchin scored two goals apiece for New
York, which improved to 2-0-1 against Western Conference teams
Prucha has been on fire over the last three weeks, tallying nine
times in his last 10 games. The first-year Czech center enters
Saturday's contest with a four-game scoring streak and has
netted six goals over that stretch.
The Blues, who own the worst record in the NHL, hope to avoid
losing to the Rangers for the first time since the 1999-2000
campaign, when New York posted a 4-1 triumph here on January 22.
St. Louis has dropped 16 of its last 19 and has collected just
13 points this season, the lowest total in the league.