Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/16/15

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a break in their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Funny thing. The Blues welcomed back two primary players when they faced Columbus on Saturday — David Backes and Jordan Leopold. Now, one would think they would be desperate to get such players back, look upon their return as advantageous. But as it is, the Blues are just hoping the returnees don’t mess up a good thing. Sure enough, reinforcements notwithstanding, the Blues got off to a rough start. But in keeping with their recent resilience, they rallied to beat the Blue Jackets 6-2 at Scottrade Center. The victory allowed the surging Note to finish the first half of their schedule with a 29-7-5 mark, good for 63 points. It is the best 41-game mark in franchise history. The Blues have peeled off five consecutive wins and nine in 12 games. Most of the success has come while adapting to the absence of standouts like Backes, Leopold and Alexander Steen. In effect, less has been more. And while it seems silly to say, they don’t want more to be less. “The players that are ...
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