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Behind Enemy Lines: St. Louis Blues

By JoHannah Lowder

Oct 25, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman (5) pressures Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With still 67 games remaining in the season for the Chicago Blackhawks, fans have already hit a mild state of depression. For most of us, we’re just waiting until the dam bursts and the win streaks heat up. If that doesn’t happen soon, the Blackhawks will have quite a ways to climb out of a hole they are slowly digging for themselves. They’ll have to go up against some tough Central Division competition in the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues who are having a successful early season. Both teams claim the top two slots in the Central Division separated by just one point.

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The Blues overcame quite a bit of adversity in their first 13 games by players stepping up while key players sat out with injuries. Blues’ captain David Backes and forward T.J. Oshie both suffered concussions October 28th in a game against the Dallas Stars, a game that they Blues won 4-3 in overtime. Backes and Oshie missed the matchup against the top Western Conference team, the Anaheim Ducks, but the team’s backup goaltender, Jake Allen, secured the win with a 2-0 shutout.

Jake Allen has 2 shutouts in 5 games on the season so far, and the tag-team goaltending duo has helped lead the Blues to a 9-3-1 record. Vladimir Tarasenko also helped keep the team afloat on the offensive side. Tarasenko is starting his second season in the NHL and is already the Blues’ leading goal scorer. He has 16 points in 13 games with 9 goals and 7 assists.

Backes returned after one missed game, and tonight the Blues will also get back Paul Stastny who has been out with an upper body injury since mid-October. Oshie is still out with a concussion with no word on his return. But even with that uncertainty, the Blues have proven they can keep up their winning ways. Tonight they’ll face the Predators who trail the Blues by one point in the Central Division.

The Blackhawks have a little while to pull themselves out of a rut before they play the Blues again. The Hawks lost to the Blues in 3-2 in regulation in October when the team was healthy but won’t see them again until December 3rd.

Do you think the Blackhawks will be able to break their slump before their next meeting with the Blues? Let us know in the comments!