Blues, Jackets face off at opposite ends of scoring spectrum
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are struggling so badly to score goals these days that even when they get one to go in the net it doesn't always count.
Left winger Alexander Steen thought he had scored the 200th goal of his NHL career on Thursday night but saw it waived off after the Dallas Stars challenged the goal because of goaltender interference.
That's just the way it has been going for the Blues, who did score twice in a 6-2 loss to the Stars, the first time in five games they scored more than one. They have gone 1-3-1 during that stretch.
The Blues will try to break out of that slump with two weekend games at home, hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night and the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. Backup goalie Carter Hutton will get the start on Saturday night.
Hutton has to hope the Blue Jackets are tired from all of the goals they scored Friday night. They set a franchise record with a 10-0 win over Montreal, handing the Canadiens their first regulation loss this season. It also matched the worst defeat in their history. The last time Montreal lost a game 10-0 was Jan. 4, 1942, to Detroit.
The Blue Jackets became the first team to score 10 goals in a regular-season game since the Blues did it on March 30, 2011, defeating Detroit 10-3. It was the first shutout by a score of 10-0 or greater in the NHL since Jan. 2, 1996, when Calgary defeated Tampa Bay.
"We obviously had a blast," said Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno, who scored two goals. "I've never been part of a game like that before. But we've got to put it behind us, just like a loss. ... We'll dance in the locker room and then we'll go."
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock probably was jealous as he watched the Blue Jackets on Friday night, well aware of his team's scoring slump.
"You don't score, you hear all the chatter, so you start pressing," Hitchcock said. "You start forcing the play. We're trying to score three goals in the same shift. It doesn't work that way.
"We're going to have to build some momentum back with better play. It's a frustrating time for everybody right now."
Nobody is more frustrated than right winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who is tied with center Paul Stastny for the team lead with four goals, but they all came in the first four games of the season. He has not scored in his last seven games.
Tarasenko's longest stretch without a goal last year was five games en route to his first 40-goal season.
The Blues have scored 24 goals in their 11 games, six in a win over Calgary, the only time in their last eight games they have scored more than two.
The Blue Jackets come into St. Louis riding a three-game winning streak, scoring at least three goals in all three games.