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Homestand could be key for Blues playoff battle

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(HockeyStL) -- Every game is important, especially when a team has the chance to separate itself from other playoff-contending foes at home. That’s where the St. Louis Blues find themselves while sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference.

In the middle of a three-game homestand, which started with a 4-2 victory over the now-ninth-place San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, the Blues will have the opportunity to fend off the sixth-place Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t quite that far ahead so it isn’t worth mentioning that his team will wrap up the homestand against the streaking second-place Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. (Wait...I just did.)

“I’ve got to tell you, I’m day-to-day, moment-to-moment,” Hitchcock said. “I don’t even look at a homestand. I had to look twice to even see who we’re playing Thursday.

“For me, it’s just one day at a time -- it’s the off day, get ready, who can play, who can’t play -- this is survival now.”

The Blues have seemingly found its magic playing at home after winning three of the last four games inside the Scottrade Center. After losing five-straight home games in February, the Blues find themselves over .500 with a 6-5-1 home record.

“We’re trying to get a groove back here on home ice,” Chris Stewart said. “To be a good team in this league you got to dominate at home and I think we showed that last year.  We got that swagger that whoever is coming into our building that we know we can beat them.”

Since last season, the Blues have posted a 36-11-6 record at home. The Blues will have a great opportunity to obtain a playoff spot, if needed, as the team finishes with seven home games in the final eight regular season games in April.

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