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Chara-less Bruins make a stop in St. Louis

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will try to pick up a third straight victory on Thursday night without defenseman Zdeno Chara as they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Chara will miss this game as well as Saturday's home contest against Ottawa due to him being selected to carry Slovakia's flag on Friday during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The 36-year-old Chara has 13 goals and 13 assists in 54 games this season, and the captain will be replaced by David Warsofsky in the lineup.

Coach Claude Julien isn't expecting his club's performance on the back end to suffer due to the brief loss of Chara.

"I think it's going to be important that our whole D corps does a good job there. So you can't put all the burden on one guy's shoulder," said Julien on Boston's official website. "And as much Zee is a big part of that back end, other guys have done a great job in making our whole D corps pretty solid. So I would have to expect the same thing."

The Bruins won for the sixth time in seven games on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves and Jarome Iginla backed the effort with a goal and an assist.

Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille also registered goals for the Bruins, who lead the Tampa Bay Lightning by six points for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"I thought it was a strong game. The guys worked hard," said Chara.

The Blues come into this meeting second in the Central Division with 80 points, four back of the first-place Chicago Blackhawks, and with points in five of their last six games. They are 4-1-1 in that span.

St. Louis, though, is coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators in which it failed to hold a third-period lead.

The Blues held a 3-1 advantage going into the third period, but the Sens ripped off three quick goals to go in front. Jordan Leopold saved a point by scoring a game-tying tally with 8:52 left in regulation before Ottawa came through in a five-round shootout.

T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which also received markers from Brenden Morrow and David Backes. Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots in the setback and Jaden Schwartz finished with two assists.

"The boys played hard tonight against a hard-working team," Oshie said. "We want the two points but we'll take the one point and focus on Thursday."

The Blues fell to 9-0-1 versus the Eastern Conference at home this season and lost for the first time in 19 games (18-0-1) at home this season when scoring three goals or more. They are also now 25-0-4 when leading after two periods.

St. Louis concludes a four-game homestand on Saturday, but will first try to avoid a fourth straight loss as the hosting club versus the Bruins.

The Blues' 3-2 shootout victory in Boston on Nov. 21 marked the seventh straight win by the road team in this series and gave St. Louis its 10th triumph in its past 13 encounters with Boston.

Halak is 7-3-0 with two shutouts and a 1.86 goals against average in 10 games versus the Bruins, making 29 saves in the earlier meeting this season.

Rask stopped 24 shots in that setback, falling to 1-0-2 with a 1.58 GAA versus the Blues.

02/06 11:23:05 ET

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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
 
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y= clinched division title
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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
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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
 
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z= clinched overall points title
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
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CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
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LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
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CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR