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Hurricanes at Blues Preview: Home sweet home

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The Blues are back after an atrocious road trip.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Thank God, the Blues are home.

After going 1-4 on their five game road trip that stretched back to January 18th, the Blues’s lead in the division is down to six points over the Dallas Stars and five over the Canucks in the West. They’re 5-4-1- in their last ten games, easily their most unimpressive stretch of hockey in the last year.

Whatever mistakes could happen, they have happened. They’ve been sloppy and decidedly un-Blues like, but they’re home now. The Blues have an impressive 17-4-4 record on Enterprise Center ice, but they’re going to have to deal with a very good Hurricanes team.

With 63 points, Carolina would be firmly in a playoff position in the Western Conference. Right now, they’re one point out of the last wild card slot in the East. They’re 6-3-1 in their last ten and have an impressive +27 goal differential over their opponents.

The most Blues fans have thought about the Canes over the past year was the trade this summer that sent Joel Edmundson over to Carolina for Justin Faulk. The jury is still out on that one. Since the Blues don’t play the Hurricanes much, it’s easy to miss out on the fact that Carolina nearly always ices a solid team that is a tough opponent. If the Blues don’t come out ready for that, then that ten game home point streak’s as good as done.