National Hockey League
Columbus at St. Louis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis Blues were one of six NHL teams which did not play Friday after the league took Thanksgiving off and hope to use the extra rest to their advantage when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. St. Louis has alternated wins and losses over its last six games (3-1-2) while going 3-3-2 in its last eight, prompting coach Ken Hitchcock to tell reporters after Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh: "We've got too much slowness in our game.''

The Blues must also figure out how to solve the rejuvenated Blue Jackets, who extended their winning streak over St. Louis to three with a 3-1 victory Nov. 17 behind a pair of goals by Brandon Saad. After rallying for a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Monday, the Blues erased a pair of deficits against Pittsburgh before falling. "We have to find a way to get up on teams early and bury them,'' St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo told reporters. Columbus defeated the Penguins 2-1 on Cam Atkinson's overtime goal Friday and is 10-7-0 since John Tortorella took the coaching reins from Todd Richards following the Blue Jackets' 0-7-0 start.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (10-14-0): Atkinson took a feed from Brandon Dubinsky and beat Marc-Andre Fleury 2:42 into the extra period for his second goal in three games, prompting Tortorella to tell reporters: "I thought we were good right on through. I thought it was a game we deserved to win." Ryan Johansen (team bests of 12 assists and 17 points) scored for the third time in four games Friday while Dubinsky recorded a point in his second game since missing six because of an elbow injury. Dubinsky was suspended for one game for cross-checking Sidney Crosby in the neck Friday and will not play Saturday.

ABOUT THE BLUES (14-6-3): Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in goals (13) and points (22) but hasn't recorded a point in the last two games after scoring in two consecutive contests. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist Wednesday to extend his point streak to seven games (two goals, seven assists) while Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist Wednesday in his second game back since missing 12 because of a foot injury. Jake Allen (10-4-2, 2.10 goals against average, .928 save percentage) makes his fifth consecutive start in goal after allowing four goals twice during the past four - both overtime losses.


1. St. Louis LW Alexander Steen (eight goals) hasn't scored in nine games, but raised his team-high assist total to 11 with two Wednesday.

2. Columbus was the only NHL team not to have played past regulation time prior to Friday.

3. The Blues have killed 20-of-22 penalties in its last six games while the Blue Jackets are 0-for-17 on the power play in their past six contests.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Blue Jackets 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Columbus 10-14-0-0 W2 4-7-0-0 6-7-0-0 0-2-0-0 10-12-0-0 4-4-0-0
St. Louis 14-6-3-0 L1 6-2-2-0 8-4-1-0 1-0-0-0 13-6-3-0 5-2-0-0
Last Meeting
Columbus St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/17/15 STL 1 CLB 3 38 19 0-4 20 35 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Columbus B. Saad 2
St. Louis D. Jaskin 1
Goals Player  
Columbus B. Saad 2
St. Louis K. Shattenkirk 1
Assists Player  
Columbus C. Atkinson 1
St. Louis D. Jaskin 1
Saves Player  
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 19
St. Louis B. Elliott 35
Total Points Player  
Columbus R. Johansen 29
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 29
Goals Player  
Columbus B. Jenner 13
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 17
Assists Player  
Columbus R. Johansen 20
St. Louis A. Steen 14
Saves Player  
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 626
St. Louis J. Allen 493
Quickchart Matchup
Columbus Off vs  St. Louis Def
2.46 GF
2.48 GA
29.7 Shots
28.9 Shots
15 PP
13 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Columbus Def
2.65 GF
3.04 GA
30.3 Shots
29.6 Shots
13 PP
16 PK