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Stars at Blues Preview: Back to some winning ways

The Blues aren’t going through their best patch of the season.

NHL: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Every team goes through in-season hiccups. It happens. The Blues banked a ton of points and built a solid cushion through the first half of the season, but the Dallas Stars have been making up space and have been dueling with the Colorado Avalanche for second in the division.

There’s six points between the Blues and Avalanche, and seven between the Blues and Stars. Dallas is in the same boat as the Blues: 4-5-1 in their last ten. The Stars blew a 2-0 lead on Thursday night to the Wild, so the Blues may be able to build on that deflating loss. The Blues, on the other hand, lost 4-2 to the Jets in a see-saw game that they should’ve won.

And that’s the rub: the Blues play well enough in these games, just not well enough to win.

“Power play has been good, penalty kill has been pretty solid. Our special teams have been good,” Blues Head Coach Craig Berube told reporters on Friday. “A lot of good stuff is going on, but not the No. 1 thing: wins. And that’s what we care about.

”As coaches and players, you’ve got to find ways to win games,” Berube added. “We’re going to probably nitpick here and there about certain things, that’s what we do. That’s the way it goes.”

Hopefully it will go better tonight.