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Duelly Noted: Do the Blues Have Their Spark Back After the Break?

BluesLogoIt’s no secret that heading into the All Star Break, the Blues did not do as well as they could have. They lost many games they shouldn’t have by coughing up big leads and proceeding to lose in overtime or get shot out and they also spent too much time in the penalty box. The Blues really needed the break and then a major boost going out of the break as they were sitting in 3rd place in the NHL Central. Lately, the Blues are getting some much-needed help from returning left winger, Jaden Schwartz and goalie, Brian Elliott.

Much of the Blues’ problem is getting  good offense going outside of Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen. The return of Jaden Schwartz from injury has already begun to help the team as he scored in Friday’s game against the Panthers and Tuesday’s game against the division leading Stars. While he has only had 2 goals and 5 assists overall this season, it is important to remember that he has just come back and it would not be surprising to see those numbers grow more and more as the season starts to come to a close.JadenSchwartz

Throughout the season, Brian Elliott has proven himself as one of the most efficient players on the roster. He has made many crucial saves that kept the Blues in games that may not have gone their way otherwise. His bids for shut out performances may keep getting snuffed out by defensive mistakes but there is no doubt he needs the starting goalie job now. He has a low goals against average of 2.03 and a save percentage of .933%. The Blues would do well to keep going with what works. Putting anyone else in besides Elliott would give him some much-needed rest but it may also derail some of the Blues forward momentum.

The Blues still have a little to do in terms of getting up the standings. As of now, they sit five points behind the Dallas Stars and four points behind their rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. However, if Jaden Schwartz continues to show that he’s in playing shape and Brian Elliott keeps up his hot streak in net with the defense fully behind him, the Blues will not only have their spark back but they will manage to come in 1st and make the postseason again.  They will have great momentum to break the first round barrier that they have trouble with and they may just win the Cup too.

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