New-look Blues look to persevere without McDonald

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues used a

trade to boost their offense, which is without injured center

Andy McDonald for a significant period of time. As it turns

out, they have been just fine without him.

One day after trading right wing Lee Stempniak, the new-look

Blues hope to win their third straight game when they take on

the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

McDonald, who has six goals and 12 assists this season, broke

his leg in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on

November 16 and is expected to be sidelined eight weeks. The

Blues decided to add depth to their club by trading Stempniak

for defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alex Steen on Monday.

"We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and

long term by adding Carlo and Alex," Blues general manager John

Davidson said. "Carlo is a solid two-way defenseman and will

provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing

and can score at the NHL level."

St. Louis has won both games it has been without McDonald,

though each contest has been close. The Blues edged the Anaheim

Ducks, 3-2, in overtime on Friday and defeated the Minnesota

Wild, 2-1, the next night.

Nashville, which will play at home for the first time since

November 1, snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing

5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Captain Jason Arnott and defenseman Shea Weber scored two goals

apiece. Scott Nichol had the other goal for Nashville and Dan

Ellis finished with 24 saves.

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