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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 18,096
Desperate to end 8-game skid, Blues head home to face Sharks
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues
- The Blues' five-game winning streak against the Sharks equals their longest active run against any opponent. They've also earned points in seven of the last eight meetings at the Enterprise Center (6-1-1).
- The Sharks are the first team to suffer three straight shootout losses since the Red Wings from Nov. 12-16, 2013. The latest was Saturday's 5-4 setback against Anaheim that extended their overall losing streak to four games.
- Timo Meier has scored at least one goal in his last three games and has five goals and four assists during a five-game point streak. He has two goals and three assists in his last five games against St. Louis.
- The Blues have lost a franchise-record eight straight games in regulation including four straight losses on home ice. Beaten by Philadelphia, 5-1, on Tuesday, they haven't had a lead since early in the second period of a 5-2 setback to the Islanders on Nov. 3.
- Ryan O'Reilly ended a five-game drought by scoring the Blues' lone goal on Tuesday. He recorded one of his six career four-point games on March 20, 2021 at San Jose and has three goals and eight assists in his last seven games against the Sharks.
- The Sharks are tied for the NHL lead with three power-play goals allowed, including one in five road games, and rank second in the league in penalty-killing at 92.3 percent.
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The reeling St. Louis Blues are desperately searching for the way out of their worst slump in franchise history.
After winning their first three games this season, the Blues have suffered a team-record eight straight regulation losses ahead of their home game against the San Jose Sharks Thursday at Enterprise Center.
Opponents have outscored them 38-12 during that downturn. They led the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 midway through the second period on Oct. 29 -- but since then opponents have outscored the Blues 24-6.
St. Louis is averaging an NHL-worst 2.09 goals scored per game. The Blues entered Wednesday with the fifth-worst penalty-killing rate (70.8 percent) in the league as goaltenders Jordan Binnington and Thomas Greiss have combined for the fourth-most goals allowed per game (3.91).
"It's not just one thing," Blues coach Craig Berube told reporters after his team lost 5-1 in Philadelphia Tuesday. "I think it's a combination of things. You gotta play real good hockey to get out of this, and you gotta do it together and you gotta be competitive. Highly competitive.
"When things aren't going right, it's easy to not be as competitive, and right now I think that's where we're at."
Blues captain Ryan O'Reilly told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that mounting frustration has been dragging the team down.
"It seems like every puck, every 50-50 puck, it's bouncing (the other) way," said O'Reilly, who has just two goals, no assists and a minus-12 plus-minus rating through 11 games. "It's frustrating. It's definitely a massive issue.
"No question, I think guys are working. But it's not always good enough. For myself, it's not good enough. Trying to work, I'm not there for my teammates. My timing's terrible ... I'm supposed to lead this team, and I'm not doing nearly enough. I know (it's) other guys, too. There's a lot more that needs to be done. I don't have an answer for you now. I know what I'm doing isn't working."
The Sharks will come to town with a four-game winless streak, albeit with three consecutive shootout loss points earned during that span.
"It's very disheartening because of the result," Sharks coach David Quinn said after his team's 5-4 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. "We continue to feel like we're going in the right direction, but we shoot ourselves in the foot, and we did again today."
San Jose went 1-2-3 on its recent six-game homestand before heading to St. Louis to start a four-game road trip.
"It doesn't matter how you lose, it's really tough," Sharks center Tomas Hertl told NHL.com after the Ducks loss. "It seems like every mistake went in our net. It's really tough because all of these home games have been so close against all of the teams that we played, and we have just a couple of points."
On the plus side, Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson has enjoyed an offensive resurgence with 10 goals and nine assists in 14 games. Hertl has a goal and six assists in his last four games and winger Timo Meier has five goals and four assists in his last five games.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 10, 2022