St. Louis Blues Open Second Half of Season Against Slumping Edmonton Oilers

February 4th, 2011 by Michael Wagenknecht Leave a reply »
The St. Louis Blues look to avoid their third five-game losing streak of the season when they host the Edmonton Oilers.  The game also marks the return of Andy McDonald, who has been out 24 games with a concussion suffered against the Oilers on December 4.

Both teams come into tonight on losing streaks, the Oilers on a two game slide and the Blues a four game streak.  Surprisingly, though, the Blues are still in the playoff hunt, as they sit only seven points back of eighth place Chicago.

Ty Conklin will get the start in goal as starter Jaroslav Halak is out with an upper body injury.  Ben Bishop has been called up from Peoria to back up Conklin.  Conklin is 3-2 in his career against Edmonton but has not won a game since December 28.

The Blues are starting to get their injured forwards back and tonight is Andy McDonald’s night to come back.  The other forward to return recently was TJ Oshie.  Oshie has only scored once since his return and the Blues are counting on a bit more from both Oshie and McDonald to get them back in the playoffs.

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