The St. Louis Blues are set to faceoff with the Ottawa Senators tonight, and are coming off of a solid win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Winners of four of their last five, the Blues seem to have shaken off any lingering issues that caused their mid-January funk.
Ottawa, on the other hand, seems to be stuck in a rut at the moment. They’re 4-3-3 in their last 10 and are coming into St. Louis fresh off of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. James Neal made a (really) pretty play to win that contest in overtime, and the Blues will be looking to capitalize on being more well rested than the Senators.
For St. Louis, this is a chance to grab an important two points in the Central Division race. They trail the Chicago Blackhawks by three points heading into tonight’s game—Chicago won their tilt with the Los Angeles Kings last night—but can close that gap to one since the ‘Hawks are idle.
Both Chicago and St. Louis will have two games remaining prior to the Olympic break after tonight. The importance of taking points right now isn’t lost on the Blues. Alexander Steen spoke to Jeremy Rutherford of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and had this to say about the remaining contests before the Winter Games:
It’s a big week. We have a good chance to take over first in the division, so that’s got to be our goal and our mindset for the week.
The last time these two teams squared off, the Senators ended up skating away with a 3-2 overtime win on the road, which left a “bad taste” in the mouths of the Blues, as Kevin Shattenkirk put it to Rutherford. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the contest.