Feb 15, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (30) makes a save during overtime against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Boston won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Blues To Battle Northeast Leading Bruins

The Blues are set to host the defending Stanley Cup Campion Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at The Scottrade Center. The Blues, who suffered a setback to the rival Blackhawks 3-1 on Sunday, have won 7 of their past 10 games, and are currently ranked 4th in the Western Conference. The Bruins, currently ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference, have been slumping as of late, losing back-to-back games and 7 of their past 11.

The matchup Wednesday night looks to be a defensive battle, with the Blues boasting the number one goals against  per game at 1.9, while the Bruins rank 4th. The Bruins, however, are ranked 2nd in scoring with 3.2 goals per game, while the Blues only average a lowly 2.5, ranked 20th in the NHL. However, the Blues are one of the best home teams in the league this year, 26-3-4, and have not lost a regulation game at home since since December 3rd against the Blackhawks. This clearly looks to be an epic battle.

The Blues are looking to continue the improvement on the power play, currently ranked 25th in the NHL, as Andy McDonald meshes back into the fold. Unfortunately, McDonald may be sidelined on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms. St. Louis will likely start Brian Elliott for the fourth straight game, as Jaroslav Halak was a scratch on Sunday, also due to flu-like symptoms.

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