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With or without Steen, Blues battling Blackhawks for Central lead

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 4:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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With or without Steen, Blues battling Blackhawks for Central lead

ST. LOUIS - Alexander Steen's production is back, even though he's not close to 100 per cent from a concussion complicated by a lower-body injury.

Getting their star back has been a big plus for the St. Louis Blues. They're out of a lull and again among the NHL's best teams, dueling the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks for the Central Division lead. After Tuesday's games, St. Louis and Chicago were tied for first in the division and for second overall in the NHL with 77 points apiece.

Steen was the NHL's No. 2 goal-scorer before missing 11 games with a concussion in late December. He's been back for six games and has a point in the last five with three goals and four assists.

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