This is an uncommon event of late, but I figure I'll post a quick game preview for the Sens game on Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. Because the Blues come to town no more that once in three years under the new schedule format, I figure this will be as enlightening to me as anyone else!
First off, thanks to the Blues for beating the Canadiens last night, even if they did allow Montreal to get one point out of the loss. Should the Sens beat the Blues, they would move within one point of Montreal for the lead in the Northeast, and within one point of New Jersey for first in the Eastern Conference.
As for the Blues season so far, they started out gangbusters, but have really fizzled in the second half (sound familiar?) and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games. They are, however, a perfect 4-0 against teams from the Eastern Conference, which should serve to motivate the Sens to keep on their toes for the game.
Ottawa won the last meeting between these two teams (on March 20, 2007; exactly one calendar year before this year's meeting, oddly enough) by a score of 4-2 in St. Louis. Antoine Vermette scored a goal and two assists, and was first star of the game, and Martin Gerber stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win.
What else can I say, really? St. Louis sucks. Ottawa better not lose, because getting shut out by the worst team in the league (Los Angeles) was bad enough.