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BERNIE'S BREAKDOWN: Red-hot Blues clicking on all cylinders

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St. Louis Blues legend Bernie Federko is in his second season as the color analyst for the St. Louis Blues' television network. Federko, a 14-year NHL veteran, played for the Blues for 13 seasons (1976-88). He holds team records for games played (927), assists (721) and points (1,073). Bernie retired from hockey after the 1989-90 season. His No. 24 sweater was retired March 16, 1991 by the Blues and hangs from the ceiling at Savvis Center. Check in with Bernie every week for his look at the NHL. FOXSports.com: The Blues have won 10 in a row now. Have you seen the team on a hot streak like this before? Bernie Federko: Well, no. We found out last night there were only 12 teams in the history of the league that have had a 10-game winning streak. They've played really, really well. They're finding different ways to win and different players are scoring. It's been a lot of fun to watch. FOXSports.com: Why do you think it's happening now? Is there anything you can point to? BF: I think the chemistry is coming together a lot better. Since they found comfortable line pairings they've had confidence. Chris Pronger has really played a lot better. I think he was one of the keys defensively, moving the puck out of the zone. He was hurt for most of the first part of the year. Now that he's feeling good it's made a big difference back there on defense. Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra have been absolutely outstanding. Scott Mellanby, since coming back from the death of his mother, he's been absolutely outstanding. He's really helped out a lot. It's just a lot of different people plugging in. They're getting behind and finding ways to win. It has a lot to do with confidence. When you get on a roll, you get the right breaks when you need them. That's what they work for and they're getting those breaks because they work so hard. FOXSports.com: Is it surprising that they've done it during a stretch in which they've had a lot of games with few days off? BF: No, I think it's kind of better that way. When you get on a roll, you want to keep playing as many games as you can. It's a lot easier to not think about things. You just want to keep things going. Now they've got games against Chicago and Detroit. The guys are excited about two big divisional games against two of the only teams that are ahead of them in league. Now they get to play them both. FOXSports.com: What's the latest with Scott Young's eye injury? BF: He's going to start skating (Thursday) at home on his own. They expect him to be back in the next week to 10 days. FOXSports.com: Even though they're winning, I'm sure they can always use a sniper like him back in the lineup. BF: Absolutely. He goes back on the line with Doug Weight and Cory Stillman. That line was playing so well before Scotty got hurt, so hopefully he'll be back. The depth of the team is really starting to show now. FOXSports.com: Brent Johnson's playing pretty well, enjoying a hot streak of his own in goal. BF: He's been very solid. He hasn't had to make a lot of saves, but he's made the saves when he's needed to do so. This is a very strong defensive-minded team, so just make the saves when you need to and Brent's been very good there.
Tagged: Blues, Cory Stillman, Doug Weight, Scott Mellanby

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