St. Louis looks to end a seven-game losing streak when it visits the Chicago Blackhawks in a meeting of the worst teams in the Western Conference.
The Blues lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Monday, completing a winless four-game homestand during which they were outscored 20-5.
“This homestand is probably the most embarrassing in my career,” Tkachuk said. “I don’t like what I see. I know I always say I’ve got to be a lot better. Our better players have got to rise to the occasion and lead.”
Tkachuk has a rating of minus-8 during the seven-game skid and has one goal in his last 13 games.
St. Louis had only two losing streaks of seven consecutive games in the franchise’s 38-year history, but it has lost at least seven straight three times this season, including an 11-game slide from Oct. 20-Nov. 12.
Petr Cajanek scored against Detroit, and has scored in two straight games. Cajanek has a six-game point streak against the Blackhawks, with two goals and seven assists in that span.
While the Blues will miss the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, the Blackhawks will fail to qualify for the seventh time in eight seasons.
Chicago has lost five straight, halfway to its longest skid of the season. A 10-game losing streak from Dec. 18-Jan. 8 was the franchise’s longest since the club-record 12-game slide to close the 1950-51 season.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to San Jose on Sunday, and have lost eight of nine.
Calder scored for the third straight game and is riding a six-game point streak.
Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is 1-4-2 with a 3.61 GAA since missing 12 games with a sprained left knee, but has won two of his last three games against the Blues while posting a 1.88 GAA.