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Huet hopes to spark Blackhawks against Blues

Chicago (30-14-8) at St. Louis (22-25-7), 8:30 p.m. EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be without one

of the mainstays of their current run and goaltender Cristobal

Huet hopes to make up for his absence.

Without injured netminder Nikolai Khabibulin available, Huet and

the Blackhawks look to continue their recent success when they

visit the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

Chicago has won six of eight and Khabibulin has been in net for

all but one of the victories.

Khabibulin suffered a lower body injury in the Blackhawks' 3-1

triumph over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday, but Huet has

proven to be just as effective this campaign. The 33-year-old

is 13-9-3 with a 2.41 goals-against average in 26 contests.

Despite scoring three or more goals in each of its last five

games, Chicago has covered up the struggles of reigning Calder

Trophy winner Patrick Kane, who has one tally since December 20.

St. Louis, which is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the

Nashville Predators on Thursday, has dropped two in a row.

Goaltender Chris Mason has started 10 consecutive contests for

the Blues, who are 13-11-4 at home.



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