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Tuesday, January 7th (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Blues (29-7-5) at Edmonton Oilers (14-26-5), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues take aim at a season-high sixth straight victory on Tuesday night as they try and hand the Edmonton Oilers another lopsided defeat this season.

The Blues have logged a point in eight straight games (7-0-1) and sit second overall in the Central Division with 63 points, four back of the Chicago Blackhawks.

St. Louis will play three straight on the road beginning tonight after besting the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Saturday. That win improved the Blues to 17-3-2 at home this season.

Down 2-0 going into the second period, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals to put the Blues in front. Berglund then began another three-goal spurt in the third period with his sixth tally of the season before Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo capped the scoring with goals.

"I think it shows a lot of character that we have on this team," said Lapierre. "The game is never over and it's really important because these things happen in the playoffs and you have to get used to it."

In his fourth straight start, Brian Elliott made 22 saves for a Blues club that also won five straight from Nov. 19-27 and last won six in a row from April 1-11.

Elliott has won each of his last six decisions and 13 in a row at home, while Schwartz has logged 10 points over a career-high eight-game point streak. He has scored a goal in seven of those games.

Schwartz tallied once in a 6-0 win over the hosting Oilers back on Dec. 21. Christ Stewart notched his third career hat trick in the win while adding an assist, and Elliott made 23 saves.

Berglund also had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have beaten the Oilers in six of seven and in 12 of the previous 15 meetings. They have taken three in a row and six of the last eight in Edmonton.

Ilya Bryzgalov yielded all six goals on 33 shots for the Oilers.

That loss to St. Louis was Edmonton's sixth in a row, a slump it snapped with back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and Calgary.

The Oilers then lost another four in a row, the first two past regulation, before a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Jordan Eberle, who missed Friday's loss to Anaheim with a knee injury, scored twice and Boyd Gordon had the game-winner 8:20 into the third period.

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and Bryzgalov made 24 saves as Edmonton recovered after failing to hold a 3-1 lead.

"We had success when we were getting pucks in behind them," Eberle said.

Hall has notched four goals and nine assists over 13 points over his last nine games.

01/07 11:06:00 ET

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Philadelphia «4Final | Box
NY Rangers2Rink Replay
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Series tied, 1-1.
Detroit1Final | Box
Boston «4Rink Replay
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Series tied, 1-1.
Tampa Bay13rd Prd | Box
Montreal2@theRink | TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, Sun
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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
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
6th
BOS 0
BAL 4
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
3rd
CHI 75
WAS 72
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
2nd Intermission
MON 2
TAM 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3