Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Are Back in Nashville Where Slide Began

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Are Back in Nashville Where Slide Began

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All sorts of days on the Blues schedule stand as days that have painted the picture of the struggling team they have become. There are days of bad losses, days of bad injuries and, perhaps worst of all, days like Feb. 13.

That was the day the Blues were on the verge of scoring a morale-boosting, division-clogging win over Nashville that would have moved them two points back of the Predators in the Central Division race. Instead, the Blues managed to let a 3-0 third-period lead get away, and even though they got a point out of the overtime loss, they haven't been the same since.

The Blues can't turn back the clock, but they can return to the scene of the crime. Twelve days and what seems like a lifetime later, the Blues show up at Bridgestone Arena for a Sunday matinee against the Predators hoping to recapture what they have lost.

"Maybe," Blues coach Mike Yeo said after Saturday's practice. "Maybe it's a combination of that and the Dallas game, but what are we going to do? We had the right mindset today that we came back to the rink and we're going to get better and that's what we're going to do every day. We're not going to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. We might as well come back and get better and get excited about the opportunity and the challenge tomorrow."

Starting with that third period, the Blues have been outscored 13-3. They have one even-strength goal, two power-play goals and precious little else. They are in a season-long five-game losing streak and, eight games into a run of 10 games against teams in the playoffs or just outside, they are 2-5-1.

In their three games since the Nashville loss, they have given up the first goal each time and then struggled to keep up. When the Blues have scored first in games this season, they average just over three goals per game. When they give up the first goal, they average right around two goals per game. That one goal per game is, very frequently, the difference in the game.

"We have to find ways when we give up the goal to come back and win games," said forward Jaden Schwartz. "I don't think we've had enough comeback wins this year. Teams are doing it. It happens all the time in this league with how quickly you can score. Obviously the first goal is huge, but it's been awhile since we've had a nice comeback win, and we have to find a way to do that."

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The Blues season came apart when Schwartz took a puck off his ankle Dec. 9 in Detroit, which is another of those games that would be on the time-traveling list for the Blues. The team's offense collapsed after Schwartz went out, and it was supposed to come back when he returned. But that hasn't happened. The Blues are 5-6-1 since Schwartz came back, and while there were two high-offense games in there, a 6-1 win over Colorado and a 5-2 win over Winnipeg, most have looked a lot like when Schwartz was out. …

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