The St. Louis Blues upgraded their defense for the playoff push, adding Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold.
''It's two guys that any team around the league would be looking for,'' defenseman Barret Jackman said Wednesday. ''You look around our dressing room and we have every piece we need.''
Except maybe a goalie to step up in place of Jaroslav Halak, who is out indefinitely with a groin injury.
Brian Elliott, half of the NHL's stingiest tandem last season, has been a disappointment this season. He will play Thursday night at Chicago with no guarantees past that.
''We're on a one-game basis,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said. ''So, we'll see how he plays Thursday and then we'll evaluate Friday.''
The Blues were tied for eighth with Nashville and just a point ahead of Edmonton and Columbus. It's been tough slogging for a franchise that put up 109 points last year and was the No. 2 seed in the West, but hasn't been able to duplicate a mix of shutdown goaltending.
''Last year, everythin...