St. Louis finally had its franchise-record four-game shutout
streak snapped but it has allowed only one goal over the past five
contests. The Blues have won 11 of 13 overall, a span that started
with a six-game winning streak from Feb. 28-March 12. The Bruins are
staggering down the stretch, having lost six of their last seven,
and are clinging to a one-point edge over Detroit for third place in
the Atlantic Division. "We know we have to win hockey games, so just
go out and do it," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Itís as simple
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ABOUT THE BRUINS (40-29-8): Boston has scored 10 goals during its
1-6-0 slide, punctuated by a 2-1 loss at New Jersey on Tuesday
despite pouring 40 shots on goal. "You want to find ways to win and
get at it," Bruins leading scorer Patrice Bergeron said. "You don't
want to start banging on your heads and kind of get frustrated. It's
about getting results and putting your chin up and going out there
and finding a way." Defenseman John-Michael Liles and center Ryan
Spooner are set to return to the lineup, but Dennis Seidenberg and
Brett Connolly will miss the next two games.
ABOUT THE BLUES (46-22-9): Rookie Robby Fabbri suffered an injury to
his left leg when he was cross-checked by Colorado's Jack Skille on
Tuesday, but coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects him to return to
practice in the next day or two. Fabbri has 18 goals and 19 assists
on the season, but has come on strong in the second half while
registering four goals and seven assists during the current 11-2-0
stretch. While Fabbri is listed as day-to-day, Alexander Steen
returned to the lineup Tuesday following a 15-game absence and
assisted on both power-play tallies.
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1. Blues G Brian Elliott has three shutouts in his last four
outings, but he is 3-6-3 with a 2.90 goals-against average versus
2. Bruins G Tuukka Rask is 2-1-3 with a 1.80 GAA in his career
against St. Louis.
3. The Blues have won four of the past five meetings, including a
2-0 victory at Boston on Dec. 22.
PREDICTION: Blues 3, Bruins 2
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