The St. Louis Blues' hopes of returning to the postseason have all but disappeared, but they do have a good opportunity to win their next game.
Returning from their longest road trip of the season, the Blues will try to take advantage of the last-place Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
The most points St. Louis can earn is 91, which will likely leave them out of the playoffs for the second straight campaign. The Blues (32-32-9) have steadily faded from postseason race by losing 11 of their past 16.
They won once during four straight road contests -- a shutout of Los Angeles last Thursday -- and suffered a 2-1 defeat in Tuesday's finale against Phoenix. Kevin Shattenkirk gave his team an early lead with his first goal since being acquired from Colorado on Feb. 19, but the Coyotes went ahead for good with three minutes left in the second period.
"We got one (goal), but we weren't able to get any sort of distance after that," coach Davis Payne said.
The Blues might have a little better luck against the NHL-worst Oilers (23-40-10), who will try to avoid a season-high eighth consecutive defeat.
Edmonton has been outscored 24-7 during its 0-5-2 slump, and trailed 3-0 on Tuesday in Nashville before Jordan Eberle tallied his second goal in as many games to close the scoring.
"I don't think we quite believed that we could do it here. I think that is how we started, unfortunately," said coach Tom Renney, whose team was outshot 15-5 in the first period. "Once we started to apply ourselves we were able to get some ice back, get some sort of an attack going and give our opponent at least something to think about."
Renney's team gave the Blues something to think about Feb. 25 with a 39-22 advantage in shots, but exited with a 5-0 home defeat. Chris Stewart, who came over with Shattenkirk from the Avalanche, scored twice in that game.
He'll try to register more goals while helping St. Louis improve on its 5-0-1 record in its last six games against Edmonton. The Blues have scored five goals in each of their back-to-back wins over the Oilers this season, including at the Scottrade Center on Feb. 4.
The Blues were also 3 for 8 on the power play in those matchups, but enter this one 1 for 17 over their last seven contests. The Oilers have allowed six goals in their last 30 times short-handed.
Edmonton is also trying to avoid a season-worst sixth consecutive road loss. The Oilers have been outscored 19-4 during an 0-4-1 skid.
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