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Golden Knights at Blues preview: Welcome back, boys

After a successful six game road trip, the Blues need to focus on improving their home record.

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Blues have just finished up their most successful six game road trip in team history, going 4-0-2 and adding ten points to their total on the season. Unfortunately, that only allowed them to keep pace with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Blues sit one point behind Vegas having played three more games than they have.

And who is up next on the schedule? Why, Vegas, of course. These next two games are essential for the Blues to win if standing position matters to them. They’re even more essential when you look at the West Division standings and realize that five points separate first from sixth. The division that was predicted to have the also-rans isn’t as easy as everyone thought it would be.

The Blues are a disappointing 4-6-2 at home, so maybe they’d be more comfortable not having home ice advantage. After all, they’re a dominating 10-2-2 outside of the Enterprise Center. In that case, positioning within the top four might not matter; what matters is just being in the top four in the division.

The Blues should be getting Oskar Sundqvist back tonight. Sundqvist missed the last two games of the road trip due to injury, but he skated in practice yesterday and signs point to yes as to if he’ll be playing against Vegas. Former Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo will not get an opportunity to watch a welcome back retrospective video tonight; he’s in Vegas due to an upper body injury sustained while blocking a shot.