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Penguins at Blues Preview: Fabbri returns; can the Blues extend their streak?

The Blues are playing better, but will it stick?

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Ask, and ye shall receive. Robby Fabbri has been activated from injured reserve and will play tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This, coupled with two wins the day before and the day returning from Christmas break, is a veritable holiday miracle for the Blues. The Blues sit just one game under .500 right now, and have been playing markedly improved hockey. Their 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday evening was a dominant one that actually quieted the Carter Hutton talk on Twitter.

Playing the Pittsburg Penguins is no cakewalk, however. After a very slow start to the season that saw the team hovering near the bottom of the Atlantic Division, the Pens have jerked themselves into high gear. They now sit third in the division, their 44 points just five behind the Capitals for the top spot. They’re 7-2-1 in their last ten games and have pulled a .500 team at the start of this month up to a team with a 19-12-6 record.

So see, Blues? There’s hope! The team’s won five of their last seven games and have played fewer games than anyone else in the division, so there’s a chance - if they win - that they can make up some ground in the Central. The Blues also play the Pens well, taking points in 10 of their last 13 games, and winning eight of those.

Will the Blues’ snap the Penguins’ four game winning streak? There’s no reason to think they’re not capable of it. Whether or not they do, though, is something entirely different.