Since dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Philadelphia
Flyers on December 29, the Hurricanes have won six straight to
take a commanding 12-point lead over the Atlanta Thrashers in
the Southeast Division standings.
Stillman registered three assists Friday and defenseman
Frantisek Kaberle netted the game-winning goal on a penalty shot
in overtime as Carolina held on for a 5-4 triumph over the
Captain Rod Brind'Amour tallied twice for the Hurricanes, who
are 10-0-1 at home since the beginning of December.
Stillman has been outstanding of late, scoring seven goals and
22 points in his last 13 games.
With a win Sunday, the Hurricanes can pass the Flyers and Ottawa
Senators for the highest point total in the Eastern Conference.
They should easily handle a Blues squad which has dropped five
in a row and enters Sunday's contest with the worst record in
St. Louis has tallied just five times during its current skid
and has been shut out twice on its five-game road trip.
The Blues could not come up with any offense against rookie
goaltender Kari Lehtonen on Friday as the Thrashers skated to a
Rookie goalie Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots for St. Louis,
which fell to 0-4-0 on the road trip.