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Blues at Ducks Preview: The Cup slump is here

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The Blues have slid themselves to a three point lead in the Central.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

It took a while, but it looks like the Blues finally have a tinge of the cup hangover. Going back to the pre-All-Star game week, the Blues are in a 3-5-2 slump. That’s the worst ten game record in the Central Division. When you add that to Colorado’s 7-1-2 streak and the Stars’ 5-4-1 streak (including an overtime win in St. Louis Saturday night), it isn’t looking good for the Blues unless they straighten themselves out.

Whatever the issue is, the Blues don’t think they’re tired despite playing more games than any other team last season and so far in this one.

“I think since the break, I’ve seen a ton of energy,” coach Craig Berube said. “I think that for the most part the energy has been really solid. The guys feel really good. There’s a lot of good stuff, but the No. 1 thing is wins. Nothing else really matters right? We’re not getting that, we’re not getting the results. But there’s a lot of good hockey being played, a lot of good stuff going on. We’ve just got to find wins. That’s important. But energy’s not a problem.”

“I just think it’s one of those times in the season where it’s kind of a lull,” defenseman Colton Parayko added. “We’ve played some good hockey, and the one in Calgary, we definitely didn’t play a very good game and we ended up winning. I don’t think that fatigue would be in the question. We’re good. We’re fine.”

Before anyone rolls their eyes, slumps happen over the course of an 82 game season let alone 164 games. They’ve played two seasons in the course of a year and a half. Whatever is wrong isn’t because their dads aren’t tagging along more often; it’s more than likely because dealing with a constant string of injuries is exhausting for a team regardless of if they’re playing well during that stretch or not.

With Oskar Sundqvist still broken, one would expect to see Jordan Kyrou get more of a look, but he’ll probably be out again tonight. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a good adage when this team is on a winning streak. Right now, something’s broke, and it needs to be fixed.

They’re hitting the Ducks at a high point for Anaheim. They have 53 points on the season, but have finally split off from the Western Conference-worst Kings with a 6-6-2 stretch of play. The Blues and Ducks each won a 4-1 game at Enterprise Center. Tonight is the last game that the two teams will see each other this season.