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St. Louis finished just one win shy of a third 50-win season under Ken Hitchcock. Considering the insane amount of injuries this team endured, falling two points shy of the Central title should be seen as a major accomplishment.
St. Louis has scored four or more goals in 12 of their last 16 games. Meanwhile they've gotten spectacular goaltending from Brian Elliott. They keep getting hit with injuries and it just doesn't matter.
The Blues have won 10 of their last 12 games, but most impressively have not allowed a single goal in their last four games. Brian Elliott has three of those shutouts, creating an interesting decision for the playoffs and coach Ken Hitchcock.
The Blues are hot on the Stars' heels for first in the division and would probably love nothing more than to avoid their old nemesis Chicago in the first round. A pair of ugly losses to the NHL's Alberta teams made that a little more challenging.
Despite missing all-around forward Alexander Steen, the Blues have been red hot. Last week, they picked up wins over both the Blackhawks and Stars over a six-game winning streak. They really bumped up their Central Division title hopes with that stretch.
The Blues are right on the heels of the Blackhawks and Stars after winning seven of their last 10 games. They've managed to endure more injuries -- this time to Alexander Steen and Brian Elliott. It's pretty remarkable what they've done while almost never having their best roster available to them.
The injuries that have plagued the Blues this year prevented them from adding at the deadline because of all the money in long-term injured reserve. The Blues should feel pretty good about their group, assuming they get healthy for the postseason.
Just when it seemed like the Blues were back to health and gearing up for a strong finish, top all-around forward Alexander Steen goes down with an apparent arm injury for at least a month. They've repeatedly shown, however, that they have the depth to weather the storm. Will that injury impact their deadline plans? We'll find out soon.
The Blues have won four of their last six games, which included a pair of triumphs over Florida and Tampa Bay on the road. The Florida swing has been no walk in the park. On top of that, the Blues' lineup is close to full strength after the return of Jaden Schwartz.
The Blues can probably breathe easy on keeping their spot in the top three of the Central Division, but they're still a few steps behind the two teams they are chasing in the divisional standings. Getting Jaden Schwartz back soon should help, though.
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A 21-second lapse against the Minnesota Wild is the only thing keeping the Blues from a 2-0 start. The good news is Vladimir Tarasenko already has goals in each game as he enters the first year of his massive contract. He could be in for a huge year.
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