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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, December 21st (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Blues (23-7-4) at Edmonton Oilers (11-23-3), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - It didn't take long for Alexander Steen to make the St. Louis Blues' investment in him pay off.

Steen looks to set a new career high for goals in a season on Saturday night as the Blues visit the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

The 29-year-old Steen officially signed a three-year contract extension on Thursday worth $17.4 million and went out that night and scored twice in a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

The extension was a no-brainer for the Blues as Steen leads the club with 24 goals, matching the previous career high he set over 68 games in 2009-10. The forward has 38 points in 34 games this season.

Jaden Schwartz, Chris Stewart and Maxim Lapierre all scored for the Blues and Brenden Morrow tallied his 300th assist to help the Blues snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-1-1 in the last six games.

T.J. Oshie added two assists and Jaroslav Halak came up with 25 saves.

"We stuck with it and just played the way we should be playing, the way we were playing early in the season," said Steen.

St. Louis, which played on Thursday without Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes due to upper-body injuries, is expected to give Brian Elliott his 10th start of the season tonight. He is 4-3-0 with a 3.05 goals against average in his career versus the Oilers.

Edmonton is set to play two straight and three of its next four at home after going winless on a four-game road trip. The Oilers have lost a season high- tying five straight overall following a 4-2 setback to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both finished with a goal and an assist for the Oilers, while Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves.

Edmonton has been outscored 18-6 over its losing streak.

"We played three good games on this trip. It was frustrating losing them, they were all close. We have to be the ones getting the empty-net goals, not them," said Nugent-Hopkins.

Ilya Bryzgalov may get the start for the Oilers and is 6-9-1 with a 2.96 GAA in his career when facing the Blues. Also helping Bryzgalov's case is the fact that Dubnyk is 0-7-0 with a 4.72 GAA in his career versus St. Louis.

Edmonton forward David Perron is set to play his former St. Louis club for the first time. He was a first-round pick by the Blues in 2007, taken 26th overall, and logged 84 goals, 114 assists and 198 points in 340 games before getting traded to the Oilers on July 10 for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second- round pick.

The Oilers had lost five straight to the Blues before notching a 3-0 victory in St. Louis on the most recent meeting on March 26.

The Blues are still 11-2-1 in the past 14 in the series and have won two straight and five of their last seven in Edmonton.

12/21 11:09:35 ET

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Philadelphia 4/17 7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @theRink | TV: TSN, CNBC, CSN-PHI, MSG
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Chicago 4/17 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @theRink | TV: NBCSN, CSN-CHI, FSN-MW
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Minnesota 4/17 9:30 PM ET
Colorado TSN, CNBC, CSN-PHI, MSG
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Los Angeles 4/17 10:30 PM ET
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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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