(AP) Chicago: In what could be a playoff preview between division-rivals, the struggling St. Louis Blues may have emerged from their funk with a resounding 9-2 win over the new look Chicago Blackhawks on Monday evening. It was the first game for the Blackhawks since making a major trade involving the arrival of Dwayne Roloson, Cliff Ronning, Shawn Bates and Sergei Zubov, all of whom played for their first time in a Chicago uniform. It was a rather auspicious debut, to put it mildly. Roloson was chased in the 2nd period after giving up his 5th goal on his 26th shot, although he canâ€™t be blamed for the majority of the goals. Ronning and Bates were each -2, while Zubov was even. All three were held off the score sheet. By late in the second period when Roloson was chased from the game, a rain of boos became a consistent chorus for the remainder of the game. All four player might have been affected by the fact their equipment didnâ€™t arrive until a few minutes before the game. â€œIt was the type of physical playoff hockey weâ€™re going to focus on in the 2nd half.â€ Said Blues coach Marc Crawford. â€œItâ€™s amazing how when you take the body, more offensive opportunities come hand-in-hand. It seems some of our preaching might have finally made it throughâ€ The Blues out-hit and out-shot the Hawks, 29-11 and 41-17, respectively. The Top Hat line of Dany Heatley (2-1-3), Joe Thornton (2-3-5) and Daniel Alfredsson (1-3-4) combined for 12 points and were each +5. â€œIt was one of those nights where we worked hard and we were rewarded with the bounces going our wayâ€, said Alfredsson. â€œClearly they (Chicago) will go through a transition phase of figuring out their lines, much like we did over the last 20 games.â€ â€œMy bet is weâ€™ll see a different game from them the next time we play.â€ Chicago was in first place in the Conference, but with the loss, dropped into a tie with the scorching Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of 12 in a row. The Blues, tied with rival Detroit Red Wings for 6th in the conference, now have two solid wins in a row, but have still only four wins in their last ten games. They hope to continue their solid play as they host the Florida Panthers tonight, who are coming off a 8-2 win over the Dallas Stars. The game will be shown on FSN Midwest and KPLR WB 11.