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Blues at Predators Preview: Zach Sanford continues his streak

The Blues have found a very unlikely bright spot during this slump.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Thank you, Los Angeles Kings.

While the Blues were busy fighting back in, and ultimately losing, their game with the Nashville Predators, the Kings and Avalanche were getting ready for their outdoor game. While this game is probably most notable for having the ugliest outdoor jerseys known to mankind, it’s also now notable for keeping the Blues in first place in the Central by a point. A 3-1 loss to LA knocked Colorado back behind the Dallas Stars, who are 7-2-1 in their last ten and on a four game winning streak.

The Blues though, they’re lucky to be in first. They’re 2-6-2 in their last ten games and have barely been able to function since the calendar flipped to 2020. They’ve missed Jay Bouwmeester terribly on the PK and defensively in general, and this is a defense that was already slumping before Bouwmeester’s incident on Tuesday night.

For two games in a row, the Blues have been given some pretty questionable penalties. For two games in a row, the Blues’ penalty kill has been awful. Both of those things are issues, but only one of the two are things that the team can control.

They’ve been dead last in team defense for the last 20 games. They’ve allowed uplifting moments, like Zach Sanford’s goal last night (his fourth in two games) to be deflated with a quick response from their competition. They, quite frankly, look lost. They were lost with Bouwmeester, and they’re even more lost now,

They’re going to have to find that breadcrumb trail or golden string or whatever they used on their way through the labyrinth that the back-end of the season has become. They need to get out, and fast.