St. Louis suffering surprising swoon

The Blues roster and coaching staff will likely undergo a major overhaul if the team doesn't pull out of its freefall.

Updated: February 2, 2004, 3:36 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
A 4-9-3 record in January, just their second losing month since 2001-02, has caused the St. Louis Blues to fall from Central Division contenders to ninth place in the Western Conference.

Not only is the NHL's longest active streak of seasons in the playoffs in danger, the Blues roster and coaching staff as we know it will likely undergo a major overhaul if the team doesn't pull out of its freefall.

Pavol Demitra
APThe Blues are dangerously close to missing the playoffs.
"I feel a need to win in the worst way. In the standings, all of a sudden, teams are catching up to us or going by us. It's definitely a playoff race right now. ... It's one of the toughest stretches (of my coaching career), definitely the longest one," Quenneville told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "There are signs that you'd like to believe are telling you we're going to be fine. Then there are other signs that give you concern and you're asking, 'When are we going to get the next win?'"

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