Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 4/19/13
(AP) -- Though the St. Louis Blues have struggled to score of late, goaltender Brian Elliott and a solid defense have kept them in playoff position. An offensive barrage helped the Dallas Stars continue their push to break into the top eight in the Western Conference. Each team looks to build on its latest victory when the Blues host the Stars on Friday night. David Perron scored his first goal in 17 games and Elliott made 33 saves in St. Louis' 2-1 home shootout win over Phoenix on Thursday. The Blues (25-16-2) are 8-2-0 this month but have scored two or fewer goals in seven straight games - five of which they've won. St. Louis, which has allowed eight goals during that span, is sixth in the West. Coach Ken Hitchcock, though, was not pleased with his team's play late in the third period, or the officials, Thursday. St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo was checked from behind by the Coyotes' Martin Hanzal without a penalty being called. The puck was ultimately freed up on the play just ...
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