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Rangers At Blues Game Preview: Bounceback Game For St. Louis

After Monday night's loss and overall sloppy play, the Blues need to get back on track against the Rangers.

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Monday night was not indicative of how the Blues have been playing this month. Ending a winning streak at five games with a 6-3 thud of a loss isn't what many had it mind; the loss of Brian Elliott was just icing on that cake of a messy and disorganized game.

The goaltending controversy has been solved for now: Jake Allen is the default number one. Now he has to get back into form and focus quickly - he hasn't started a game at home since New Years Eve against the Minnesota Wild.

Ryan Reaves' three game suspension for his hit on Matt Tennyson has allowed Dmitrij Jaskin to get back into the lineup. Jaskin will be on the fourth line tonight; he's a solid choice to step in, considering he was one of three Blues who scored against the Rangers the last time that they met on November 12th.

The Blues haven't lost back to back games in  a month. Monday night was a tire fire, but for the month of February, that seems to be an aberration more than the norm. If the Blues can pick up goal scoring - like they did against the Sharks and Coyotes - they could take advantage of a Rangers team whose performance has fluctuated this season. Right now they may be banged up, but they've won seven of their last ten games without Rick Nash, Marc Staal, and Ryan McDonagh.

Of course, the Blues are short Alexander Steen and Alex Pietrangelo tonight, so maybe it's even.