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Bruins at Blues Game Preview: Schenn may miss second straight game

The Bruins are playing very well; the loss of Schenn could be an issue.

NHL: Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

The Blues’ 11 game winning streak ended on Thursday night against the Dallas Stars in a game where they looked lost and tired until the third period. It’s not often that one can say that about a team that still manages 45 shots, but during the first and especially the second period, the Blues were sloppy, much like they were during the third period of their 3-2 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

An 11 game winning streak is fun for the fans, but I imagine stressful for the players. Let’s hope the Bruins’ 7 game winning streak is getting just as stressful for them as the Blues’ winning streak was for them.

The Bruins got a new addition on Wednesday, sending Ryan Donanto and a fifth rounder to Minnesota for Charlie Coyle. Coyle, whose name I thought sounded very Boston before I realized that he actually is from the area, has 10 goals and 28 points on the season. His deal was a sign that the Wild may not be as confident in their postseason aspirations as they were a month or two ago.

Chances are good that Brayden Schenn will not be ready to go this afternoon, so the Blues will have to go another game without the lines that gave them 11 games worth of wins. The line-rejiggering on Thursday more than likely contributed at least a little bit to that loss.

The last time the Blues and Bruins met, the Bruins won 5-2 at home. If the Blues can recognize what the problems were in their loss against Dallas and re-group, they should be fine. If the Blues slip back into Thursday’s sloppy second period play, they may have to wait until Sunday to re-start that streak.