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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, October 27, 2018
Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 17,201

Blues hope to take out frustrations on Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues

  1. The Blackhawks beat the Rangers, 4-1, at home on Thursday. After allowing at least three goals in each of their first six games, they've allowed a combined nine in their last four, and six of those came in one game.
  2. Patrick Kane had a goal against New York, giving him nine this season. He has at least one point in every game but one this year, and seven of his nine goals have come in the third period or overtime.
  3. Chicago has won two in a row in St. Louis -- the Blackhawks have just three streaks of at least three road wins against the Blues all-time, most recently from 1995-96. The others both came in the 1970s.
  4. The Blues fell to the Blue Jackets, 7-4, at home on Thursday, dropping them to 1-3-1 at home this season. St. Louis didn't lose its fourth home game last season until November 29, which dropped it to 9-4-0.
  5. Zach Sanford, who is playing in the NHL again after spending all of last season in the minors, scored in the loss to Columbus. He now has a point in three consecutive games, recording two goals and an assist.
  6. These teams have already faced off twice this year -- in both games, St. Louis held a one-goal lead in the third, only to see Chicago tie the game and win in overtime. The Blues had blown just two such leads against the Hawks in the prior six seasons combined.

ST. LOUIS -- Desperation and frustration permeated the St. Louis Blues' locker room after Thursday night's loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blues had blown their second straight two-goal lead in the 7-4 blowout, drawing audible boos from what was left of the 17,068 in attendance at Enterprise Center as the players left the ice.

It was a season high in goals allowed. Starting goalie Jake Allen was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals in 21 shots and backup Chad Johnson didn't fare any better, allowing three goals in 16 shots.

"We're giving up odd-man rushes; we're giving up chances that just are uncharacteristic of this group," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "Small things make a difference in the game now, especially with the way every team is built, every team can score, so we've got to make sure we're taking care of our end. I'm tired of leaving our goalies out to dry."

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko went as far as apologizing to the fans.

"It (stinks)," Tarasenko said. "If I had more English words I would explain this, but not much. It feels (bad) to be doing this in front of our fans. This is not the most fun time in our life and in my life personally. I don't know if you can (stink) more and then you get out of it."

The Blues fell to 2-4-3 and are in last place in the Central Division.

The locker room was closed for 23 minutes after Thursday's game, but the players and head coach Mike Yeo declined to comment on what was discussed. It was clear that they are all feeling the heat.

"I still believe that we'll be looking back at this as a turning point," Yeo said. "Heck, my job should be in question right now. Of course, that comes with the trade, but I'm not going to coach to save my job, I'm going to coach to win a Stanley Cup. I believe in this group."

The Blues hope to turn it around when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. It will be the third meeting already this season between the division rivals and the Blackhawks came away with overtime wins in the first two.

The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Chicago (6-2-2, 14 points) has won three of its last four.

"Didn't really give up too many chances or too much defensively," Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane told NHL.com. "We played pretty rock solid. Two games in a row where we kind of stayed patient. ... We had control of the play most of the time and it was nice to finish it off with a couple insurance goals."

Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz said the team did a good job of controlling play.

"I think check pressure and swarming them right away when they get in the offensive zone," Schmaltz told NHL.com. "Not giving them any zone time and then on offense I think we're doing a good job spending time with the puck and making them play in their own end."

Updated October 26, 2018

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