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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, December 17th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (20-7-6) at St. Louis Blues (22-6-4), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks hope to avoid a fifth straight setback on the road on Tuesday night when they attempt to sweep their season series with the St. Louis Blues.

The Sharks have lost five of their past six overall and are coming off a 3-2 setback to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist each in the third period, while Antti Niemi made 20 saves.

Marleau's 15th goal of the season came with 55 seconds to play in regulation to make it a one-goal game.

"Anything that got near the net, we were on the outside," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "You're not going to win like that."

Tuesday marks the third and final meeting of the regular season between the Sharks and Blues. San Jose has outscored St. Louis 12-5 in winning the first two after having dropped six of the previous seven meetings in the series.

Niemi got the start in the two earlier meetings, giving up five goals on 51 shots. He is 7-6-0 versus the Blues lifetime with a 2.57 goals against average in 14 meetings.

Sharks forward Brent Burns netted his first career hat trick in a 6-3 victory over the Blues at home on Nov. 29, but has not scored in eight games since.

St. Louis is returning home after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision in Ottawa last night.

Chris Stewart scored twice in a 2:57 span in the second period to put the Blues in front, but the Senators tied the game 5:44 into the third frame and won it on Cody Ceci's first career goal 3:59 into overtime.

"I thought the way we played in the second was one of the best road periods we played all year," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We really took it to them and really hemmed them in, and at times overwhelmed them with our forecheck, so I was really happy. I was happy with the point."

Brian Elliott made 29 saves against his former team as the Blues saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

St. Louis may be without captain David Backes tonight after he left Monday's game with an upper-body injury. He left the ice late in the second period following a collision with Ottawa's Colin Greening and did not return.

Backes is second on the Blues with 16 goals and 30 points.

St. Louis was also without Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz on Monday due to injury.

Jaroslav Halak is likely to get the start tonight for the Blues and is 4-3-0 with a 2.56 GAA and two shutouts in nine previous encounters with the Sharks, including eight starts.

Halak made the start in a 6-2 home loss on Oct. 15, pulled following two periods after allowing four goals on 26 shots. He then relieved Elliott on Nov. 29, yielding a goal on 19 shots faced.

12/17 10:47:19 ET

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Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
7th
DUR 2
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
6th
SDP 1
COL 0
 
4th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
4th
WAS 0
STL 4
 
4th
TAM 0
NYY 4
 
4th
MIN 1
TOR 2
 
2nd
CWS 0
BOS 0
 
1st
HOU 0
KAN 1
 
2nd
NYR 1
PHI 1
 
1st
STL 1
CHI 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
7th
DUR 2
NOR 2