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NHL Standings: St. Louis Blues' Streak Streak Continues

This isn't the way I would have liked it to end for the St. Louis Blues, but last Thursday's victory over the Los Angeles Kings — that is, combined with last Saturday's loss to the San Jose Sharks — was their first and only game all year that was not part of a winning or losing streak. It's true: Every other win or loss is part of a streak of at least two games, peaking with their seven-game winning streak from Oct. 22 to Nov. 7 and troughing (if it isn't a word it shouldn't be) with two five-game losers — Nov. 10 to Nov. 17 and Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, separated by a remarkably pleasant three-game winning streak over the Senators, Devils and Predators. The Blues' yo-yoing position within the NHL Standings — currently they're fourth in the Central Division, saved from another stint in last place only by the Columbus Blue Jackets having lost 10 of their last 12.

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With Monday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks the Blues are on a brand new two-gamer, their fifth losing streak of the season. To stop it and, naturally, start another winning streak, they'll have to beat, say, the Atlanta Thrashers and the self-styled St. Louis thrashers, the Detroit Red Wings, tonight and Thursday. To be honest, I'd settle for another one game winning point.