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Tuesday, January 7th (All times Eastern)
St. Louis Blues (29-7-5) at Edmonton Oilers (14-26-5), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues take aim at a season-high sixth straight victory on Tuesday night as they try and hand the Edmonton Oilers another lopsided defeat this season.
The Blues have logged a point in eight straight games (7-0-1) and sit second overall in the Central Division with 63 points, four back of the Chicago Blackhawks.
St. Louis will play three straight on the road beginning tonight after besting the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Saturday. That win improved the Blues to 17-3-2 at home this season.
Down 2-0 going into the second period, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals to put the Blues in front. Berglund then began another three-goal spurt in the third period with his sixth tally of the season before Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo capped the scoring with goals.
"I think it shows a lot of character that we have on this team," said Lapierre. "The game is never over and it's really important because these things happen in the playoffs and you have to get used to it."
In his fourth straight start, Brian Elliott made 22 saves for a Blues club that also won five straight from Nov. 19-27 and last won six in a row from April 1-11.
Elliott has won each of his last six decisions and 13 in a row at home, while Schwartz has logged 10 points over a career-high eight-game point streak. He has scored a goal in seven of those games.
Schwartz tallied once in a 6-0 win over the hosting Oilers back on Dec. 21. Christ Stewart notched his third career hat trick in the win while adding an assist, and Elliott made 23 saves.
Berglund also had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have beaten the Oilers in six of seven and in 12 of the previous 15 meetings. They have taken three in a row and six of the last eight in Edmonton.
Ilya Bryzgalov yielded all six goals on 33 shots for the Oilers.
That loss to St. Louis was Edmonton's sixth in a row, a slump it snapped with back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and Calgary.
The Oilers then lost another four in a row, the first two past regulation, before a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Jordan Eberle, who missed Friday's loss to Anaheim with a knee injury, scored twice and Boyd Gordon had the game-winner 8:20 into the third period.
Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and Bryzgalov made 24 saves as Edmonton recovered after failing to hold a 3-1 lead.
"We had success when we were getting pucks in behind them," Eberle said.
Hall has notched four goals and nine assists over 13 points over his last nine games.
01/07 11:06:00 ET
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