The Drive for Five
When the Blues take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus in a few minutes time, where they are playing their first of a seven game road trip, they will be looking to win their fifth straight game for the first time this year.
After beating Columbus last night, as well as the Ducks, Hawks and Sharks in the past week, a win will mean the first time all season that the Blues can string a five game winning streak together. Even though they have had plenty of chances to do so throughout the year.
Surprised? Well your not the only one.
What makes matters worse is, of the six times that they have had chances to put five wins together the only non-playoff team that has stopped them in their tracks is the Columbus Blue Jackets. Who did so in a 2 - 1 victory at Nationwide Arena on Valentine's Day.
One thing is for sure, the Blues will not be showing any love this time around when they look to beat the Jackets for their fifth straight tonight.
Coming back into the Blues lineup for tonights game is Jamie Langenbrunner, who has been missing since February 19th with a broken bone in his foot. He has missed a total of 10 games because of the injury.
Langenbrunner, who has put up 21 points in 57 games so far this campaign, not only brings back some offense to the front end but also provides some leadership to a young club who is in the midst of a battle for the tops in the West.
Although the addition of Langenbrunner back onto the ice for the Blues is definitely a key addition, they are still missing some important pieces to the puzzle. Matt D'Agostini, Alex Steen and Kris Russell are all out indefinitely, at the moment, with concussion like symptoms.
Injuries sure have been a knife in the back for the Blues all season long, but that has not stopped them in anyway. With the game against Columbus presenting an opportunity to get over the four game win streak hump for this season, look for the Blues to play a strong game and ultimately attempt to get their road trip rolling with a win against a much less inferior team.