Originally written April 10, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Prior to facing the Minnesota Wild about a week and a half ago, the St. Louis Blues were clinging to the Western Conference's final playoff spot before a victory got them started on a season-best run. Minnesota's defeat in that contest began a tailspin that's mainly been the result of an offensive slump. Visiting St. Louis looks to extend its winning streak to six games by taking a fifth consecutive meeting from the Wild on Thursday night. The Blues (22-14-2) have bolstered their playoff chances with their surge, which started with a 4-1 win at Minnesota on April 1. They've outscored opponents 13-5 during their run, due in large part to the resurgent goaltending of Brian Elliott. After going 0-5-1 with a 4.56 goals-against average Feb. 1-March 5, leading to a short stint in the minors, Elliott has won four games during the streak with a 1.07 GAA. He beat Detroit on Sunday and Nashville on Tuesday by 1-0 scores. St. Louis holds a three-point cushion over eighth-s...
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