O’Reilly hopes Blues keep team intact at Deadline

NHL.com

A seven-game winning streak and building confidence have center Ryan O'Reilly hoping the Blues don't mess with their chemistry before the trade deadline.

"I don't expect really anything big to happen here, and that's good," O'Reilly told NHL.com correspondent Louie Korac on Wednesday. "I think we have the group that can get it done." 

The Blues (28-22-5) have reason to feel good about themselves. They were 15-22-4 and in last place in the Western Conference with 34 points on Jan. 1 but have gone 13-4-1 since then. The hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the West with 61 points, two behind the Dallas Stars for third in the Central Division. 

"It was a tough start to the season, but we hung on and we stayed in the fight," O'Reilly said. "But we're not done. There's still plenty to fight for."

O'Reilly, who leads the Blues with 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) in 55 games, said he wouldn't be against Armstrong adding before the deadline, but knows that might be difficult with the NHL Salary Cap. 

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