St. Louis (9-10-2) at Atlanta (8-11-3), 3:00 pm EST
ATLANTA (Ticker) — One constant throughout the St. Louis Blues’
up-and-down campaign has been the production of Keith Tkachuk.
He can add to his allure against his former team.
Tkachuk needs one point to become the eighth active player and
72nd all-time with 1,000 career points and has a chance to reach
that milestone when the Blues visit the Atlanta Thrashers on
St. Louis traded the 36-year-old veteran to Atlanta in February
last season for Glen Metropolit, a first-round pick in 2007, a
third-round pick in 2007 and a second-round pick in 2008.
However, Tkachuk re-signed with the Blues in the offseason and
has enjoyed a stellar season, recording 10 goals and five
assists in 21 games.
The Blues have lost two in a row after a three-game win streak.
They fell, 4-2, against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, when
Tkachuk had an assist to notch his 999th career point.
Atlanta has dropped two in a row and five of six since posting a
season-best five-game win streak earlier in the month.
After a slow start, Ilya Kovalchuk has recorded 14 of his 21
points in November. A 52-goal scorer in 2007-08, Kovalchuk is
riding a three-game points streak.
Another bright spot on offense for the Thrashers has been Todd
White, who has 20 points after finishing with 37 in 74 games
last season. White has two goals and six assists in 15 career
games against the Blues.