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Injuries take toll on Blues ahead of game with Flames

Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues

  1. The Oilers fell to the Stars, 4-1, in Dallas on Monday, snapping a three-game winning streak. Those three games were all home games -- Edmonton is 1-6-1 in its last eight road games, the worst road record in the league since November 5.
  2. Chris Wideman recorded an assist in the loss to Dallas, his first point as a member of the Oilers. That snapped an eight-game pointless streak for Wideman, tied for the third longest of his career.
  3. Edmonton has won five of its last seven against St. Louis, including a 3-2 win the last time these teams met. The Oilers had won just five of the previous 24 meetings with the Blues (5-18-1).
  4. The Blues lost to the Coyotes, 6-1, in Arizona on Saturday, their largest margin of defeat this season. They've allowed an average of 4.0 goals per game over their last eight games, getting outscored 32-18 and going 2-6-0.
  5. Rookie Robert Thomas scored his second career goal in the loss to Arizona. His first goal was also the only goal in a multi-goal loss (November 21, 4-1 to Nashville). He has at least one assist in four games -- the Blues are 4-0-0 in those games.
  6. Five of Edmonton's last seven games have been decided by one goal, including all four of their wins in that span. The Oilers are 9-1-2 in one-goal games, tied with Toronto (5-1-0) for the best record in the NHL. The Blues are 1-5-3 in one-goal games, the worst record in the league.

ST. LOUIS -- To say the St. Louis Blues are limping into their home game against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night would be an understatement.

The Blues are limping figuratively with a 9-13-3 record, the franchise's worst start since beginning the 2006-07 season with a 7-15-3 mark.

And now they are limping literally after announcing that captain Alex Pietrangelo was one of three players placed on injured reserve.

Pietrangelo (hand), forward Robby Fabbri (shoulder) and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) were all put on IR. Forward Alexander Steen (concussion) is day to day.

Pietrangelo, the Blues' top defenseman, hurt the hand during the team's 3-2 overtime win at Colorado on Friday. He is likely to have surgery.

"Alex Pietrangelo sustained a hand injury, he's been placed on long-term (injured reserve), so he'll be re-evaluated around Christmas," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told NHL.com on Monday afternoon before practice. "He's talking to the doctors now. There's the likelihood that he'll have some surgery, yes."

Blues interim coach Craig Berube said it was a huge loss.

"Logs a lot of minutes, plays in a lot of situations, captain of your team," Berube told NHL.com. "It's tough, but there are other players who are going to get an opportunities here, and they have to step up. We all have to play well. The team has to play well.

"When you have injuries, it's very important that we stick together as a team and play well as a team."

Fabbri was injured in a 6-1 loss at Arizona on Saturday. It is the latest in a string of injuries that have sidelined him for 122 of the past 137 games, including two torn ACLs.

"Robby Fabbri separated his shoulder. He's been put on IR and will be evaluated around Christmas," Armstrong told NHL.com. "His is a shoulder injury; I don't think it's a surgical candidate. I'm actually sure it's not or else we'd be a lot longer than Christmas."

The Blues recalled forwards Jordan Nolan and Jordan Kyrou and defenseman Chris Butler from San Antonio of the American Hockey League.

Wednesday's game at Enterprise Center will be the first of three this season between the Blues and the Oilers. St. Louis took two of three last season from Edmonton.

The Oilers are coming off of a 4-1 loss at Dallas on Monday that snapped a three-game winning streak.

Left winger Jujhar Khaira scored the Oilers' goal, as the team played with just 11 forwards after captain and leading scorer Connor McDavid and Ryan Spooner were scratched.

"You've got to move on," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. "You've got to be able to win games if you're missing one guy. It's not the end of the world."

The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Hitchcock, who coached the Blues from 2011 to 2017. Hitchcock had a 248-124-41 record leading the Blues.

"It was a hell of a six-year run," he told NHL.com. "We were in a conference and a division that was strong. We were sitting there with Nashville and Chicago and then you've got LA, who was on a roll, and we were right in the mix with those teams."

Updated December 4, 2018

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