Blues trying build fabric of team while ending losing streak

10:39 AM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) -- In the game of hockey, do you know the only thing worse than a five game losing streak? 

Nothing.  Okay a six game losing streak.

But that is exactly the struggle the Blues face.  How to end a five game losing streak?  And how do you do it on the road, and against one of the teams that has helped create it? 

Tonight the Blues travel to Detroit to take on a Red Wings club that has beaten them twice already this month and will look to make it three in a row and add to the Blues' misery.

First the positives.  Alex Steen has points in three straight games (2-3-5) and five of the last six. He leads all Blues forwards with 11 points.  The Blues have a power play goal in six consecutive games for the first time since an equal stretch from Mar. 29 to April. 6, 2011.  Kevin Shattenkirk (1-12-13) is one of three NHL defensemen to lead their team in points. He is one shy of 100 points for his NHL career

The problem isn't a secret.  The Blues are giving up too many goals, which is magnified by the fact that one half of their supposed dynamic duo of Halak an Elliott is injured, and the other half isn't playing so dynamic.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock is a big believer in running a defensive game.  But in the last five games, the Blues have allowed 26 goals.

Something is not working.

And scoring hasn't been easy either.  On Monday Alex Steen scored his second goal of the season on the power play in the second period but the Blues were already behind 3-0 at that point. Brian Elliott got the start and took the loss after allowing four goals on 23 shots.

Elliott just hasn't been in his game.  No excuses, just poor play.  He'll have to step it up tonight in Detroit if the Blues want to have a chance of avoiding the only thing worse than a five game losing streak.  A six game losing streak.

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