Though the St. Louis Blues failed to record their longest winning streak of the season their last time out, they haven't lost in regulation since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach.
They'll look to extend that streak Tuesday night and continue their dominant play at home when they face the Los Angeles Kings, who broke a seven-game losing streak in the series in the first meeting of the season.
The Blues (10-7-2) couldn't hold a late one-goal lead at Minnesota on Saturday, allowing Mikko Koivu's power-play goal with 1:38 to play and falling 3-2 in a shootout. St. Louis was trying for a season-best fourth straight victory, but failed despite a 30-save effort from Jaroslav Halak.
"He was stellar in net. We should've got the win for him," defenseman Barret Jackman said.
Despite the loss, the Blues are 4-0-2 under Hitchcock and have climbed within two points of second place in the Central Division. Koivu's goal was the first allowed by the Blues in the second or third periods in six games.
St. Louis has given up eight goals in those six contests under Hitchcock after allowing 35 in 13 games under the fired Davis Payne. The Blues' road struggles continued Saturday as they dropped their fourth straight away from the Scottrade Center, but they're 7-1-1 at home and have won three in a row there.
Los Angeles (10-7-3) also came into its last game on a roll, having won three in a row, but the Kings will be looking to bounce back from a disheartening 4-1 loss to Detroit on Saturday. Mike Richards opened the scoring with a short-handed tally at 6:37 of the first period, but the Red Wings mostly dominated throughout, outshooting Los Angeles 30-15 in the first two periods.
"That was maybe the one thing that disappointed me as much as anything in the game, is that we were not skating anywhere near the way we skated in the last three games," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "They recognized it and they took advantage of us."
Murray's team emphatically ended its seven-game skid to St. Louis on Oct. 18 with a 5-0 win behind 27 saves from Jonathan Quick and two goals and an assist from Simon Gagne. Los Angeles, though, has dropped three in a row at St. Louis and has gone 4-12-1 in its last 17 there.
Quick was in net for each of Los Angeles' seven consecutive losses in the series before earning his first shutout versus the Blues on Oct. 18. Halak came into last month's matchup 5-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average against the Kings, but was pulled early in the second period after giving up four goals on 18 shots.
Halak and his teammates will try to cool down Richards, who has six goals in his last seven games. St. Louis right wing David Backes has three goals and an assist in the last two contests.
Los Angeles ended a three-game road losing streak by beating Anaheim 5-3 on Thursday. The Kings are 4-2-2 away from home.
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