ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- When Chris Pronger returns to St. Louis on
Friday, he likely won't be very impressed with what he left
One of the league's top defensemen, Pronger makes his return to
the Savvis Center when the improving Edmonton Oilers take on the
reeling St. Louis Blues.
Pronger anchored the Blues' defense corps for nine seasons
before being dealt to Edmonton this summer for defenseman Eric
Brewer and two prospects. In his time in St. Louis, Pronger
made four All-Star teams and won the Hart Trophy in 2000.
Without their top blueliner, the Blues have struggled
defensively. They have dropped six straight games, having
allowed 28 goals in that stretch, to sit one loss shy of their
first seven-game losing streak since February 12-25, 1989.
St. Louis' latest defeat came Wednesday in a 6-5 overtime loss
to Chicago. The Blues scored the final three goals in
regulation to tie the score before losing 35 seconds into
Meanwhile, Edmonton enters having won four straight games
following a seven-game losing streak. The Oilers have outscored
their opponents, 19-8, during their winning streak.
The Oilers are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Detroit on
Thursday as Raffi Torres scored the game-winner just under two
minutes into the extra session to snap the Red Wings' nine-game
Pronger collected a pair of assists to give him six in his last