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Thursday, December 5th (All times Eastern)

New York Islanders (8-15-5) at St. Louis Blues (18-5-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After losing two straight games for only the second time this season, the St. Louis Blues hope to get back on track in Thursday's home meeting against the struggling New York Islanders.

The Blues had won five straight before suffering two of their five regulation losses this season over the last two outings. St. Louis had its winning streak snapped in Friday's 6-3 loss at San Jose before closing a three-game road trip with Monday's 3-2 setback in Los Angeles.

St. Louis, which is 18-5-3 on the season, had lost two in a row previously on Oct. 18 and 25, but both of those losses against Winnipeg and Vancouver, respectively, came after regulation.

The last time the Blues dropped three in a row was during an 0-3-0 stretch from March 24-28 of last season.

St. Louis fell behind 3-0 in Monday's loss against the Kings before making a late push in the third period. Kevin Shattenkirk cut the deficit to 3-1 with 5:54 left in regulation and Vladimir Tarasenko tallied with 16 seconds remaining, but the Blues were never able to draw even in the 3-2 loss.

"We can't play like that," said St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. "The score is 3-0, I don't think you can judge the game by its 3-0 score, who knows how much they let their foot off the accelerator. To me, it's ready at the start, ready to compete at the start, ready to fight for space. They took it to us."

Shattenkirk and Tarasenko each added an assist in the loss. Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots and fell to 14-4-2 on the season. Halak will get the start again tonight and is 5-1-1 with a superb 1.41 goals against average in seven career tilts against the Islanders.

The Blues played Monday without forward Magnus Paajarvi, who is battling flu- like symptoms. Paajarvi, who has just one goal in 10 games this season, could be back in the lineup tonight.

Despite the two recent losses on the road, the Blues enter Thursday riding a four-game winning streak on home ice. St. Louis boasts a stellar 11-1-2 record at Scottrade Center this season.

The Blues have won two straight and three of their last four home games against the Islanders. St. Louis also has claimed three of four overall in this series.

New York enters Thursday's tilt on a seven-game slide, but the club has earned its only two points during the 0-5-2 stretch over the last two contests -- both overtime losses.

After getting beat by an Alex Ovechkin OT game-winner in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, Sidney Crosby provided the back-breaking goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal eight minutes into the third period and then won it with just 1:16 left in the extra session.

Crosby stripped New York captain John Tavares just outside the Isles' blue line, then skated back into the zone, split a pair of defenders, and chipped the puck on the backhand past Anders Nilsson to end the game.

Kyle Okposo tallied twice and Tavares assisted on both goals for the Islanders. Nilsson made 21 saves in the setback.

"We've got to find a way to get two points," Okposo said following the loss.

The Islanders are on their longest losing streak since a club-record 14-game slide (0-11-3) from Oct. 23-Nov. 24, 2010.

12/05 10:38:33 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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Scoreboard
Local
12th
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
9th
SDP 1
COL 3
 
7th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
6th
WAS 0
STL 7
 
6th
TAM 1
NYY 6
 
5th
MIN 1
TOR 5
 
4th
CWS 0
BOS 0
 
4th
HOU 0
KAN 2
 
3rd
NYR 1
PHI 1
 
2nd
STL 2
CHI 3
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
12th
DUR 2
NOR 2