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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (64) / 12/17/1951

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Ken Hitchcock says his team is killing too many penalties this season.
The Blues' penalty kill has been more than solid this season, but the coach isn't happy with the number of penalties they're taking. "We played really well against Chicago … and then we played even better against Nashville," Hitchcock said Friday. "Until they scored their second goal and then we ran out of gas. It’s why we’re running out of gas. We’re running out of gas because we’re asking the same people to do too much because we’re killing too many penalties. We’re killing too many penalties and it’s not allowing us to play our roster properly. It’s disappointing to put that type of work in and play that well and basically not have the energy to come back. Some of it is back-to-back (games), but we were gassed. We were gassed in the third period." Nov 12 - 9:14 AM

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The St. Louis Blues have been impressive on the penalty kill this season.

They've killed off 92.8 percent of their opponents' power play attempts, which is second in the league behind Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Blues, that hasn't translated into the greatest start to the season. They have a 4-2-2 record through eight games.
Oct 29 - 11:15 AM

St. Louis has been limited to one goal in four of the team's last five games.

"This game is the same as four or five games we’ve played already," coach Ken Hitchcock said after a 2-1 shootout loss to Detroit. "We've played really well, had a lot of good stuff, but don't finish. I think we've got to look at everything right now. I think we've got to look at combinations, what's working, what's not working, what we need to get more from. Can't just keep living on scoring chances, you've got to finish at the end of the day. I think we've got to look at every aspect right now." Look for some changes going into Saturday's match against Los Angeles.
Oct 28 - 11:22 AM

The St. Louis Blues are off to a decent start, but head coach Ken Hitchcock believes there's plenty of room to improve.

"We’re 3-1-1 and that’s probably what we should be," Hitchcock said. "We probably won a game that we didn’t deserve to win and probably lost a game that we thought we could have won. We’re playing good enough to win and good enough to lose every game. We want to get better, but it’s a buildup. There’s 50 percent of the game that we like and 50 percent that we need to be better at. The first 10 games is all about getting better, and there’s elements of our game that we’re doing really well, and we want to keep up with, and there’s elements of our game that need to be better." The Blues will take on the struggling Flames on Saturday night.
Oct 22 - 8:49 AM

The St. Louis Blues are off to a 2-0 start this season, but head coach Ken Hitchcock would like to see his team take less penalties.

The Blues have taken 11 minor penalties in two games, but have surrendered just one power play goal on nine of their opposition's opportunities on the man-advantage. "There’s two things that need to get better for sure," Hitchcock said. "No. 1 is our stick foul discipline. No matter what happens, you can’t take penalties in the offensive zone if you want to be a good team because it takes us out of our rhythm. We’re overplaying people already. We had that tendency in the preseason, and it’s leaked into this stuff here. We have three or four guys that we’re going to have to address that with in the next 48 hours."
Oct 15 - 9:47 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong was more than happy to sign Alex Steen to a four-year contract extension.

"It says a lot about what’s important to him," Armstrong said. "We all know that free agency was an option for him, but he stepped up and over the course of the summer made it clear he wanted to find a solution to stay in St. Louis, and from our perspective we made it clear he was a player we wanted to keep here in St. Louis. We’re excited to have him on board. He’s a big part of our leadership group now and in the future." Steen's deal is worth $23 million in total.
Sep 24 - 11:02 AM

Even though the Blues might have a young team, head coach Ken Hitchcock believes they have enough experience on their roster.

The Blues lost David Backes and Troy Brouwer in free agency and they dealt veteran goalie Brian Elliott away, but Hitchcock still feels comfortable with his young leaders. "We’ve got experienced players who are just hitting their prime now," Hitchcock said. "We have a lot of guys that started young and we’ve grown them into the group. We are a veteran team that has a chance to get even better because they’re just starting to reach maturity." It'll be interesting to see how this edition of the Blues respond on the ice in Hitchcock's final year behind the bench.
Aug 15 - 12:15 PM

Steve Thomas has joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.

Thomas is coming over from Tampa Bay after spending two seasons as a Lightning coach. As a player he was a veteran of 1,235 NHL games and another 174 playoff contests. He had 421 goals, 933 points, and 1,306 penalty minutes.
Jun 30 - 3:51 PM

Mike Yeo traveled to St. Louis to meet with the Blues on Thursday.

Yeo might end up as an assistant coach with St. Louis. He spent the previous four seasons as the Minnesota Wild's bench boss and was the head coach of the AHL's Houston Aeros before that. It's possible that the Blues are not only looking at Yeo as an assistant, but also as Hitchcock's eventual successor. Yeo is 42 years old while Hitchcock is 64.
Jun 3 - 9:10 AM

The AHL's Chicago Wolves have parted ways with longtime head coach John Anderson.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. Anderson spent 14 seasons over two stints as the head coach of Chicago. He had a 624-368-24-100 record with the club and won four championships - two Turner Cup victories when the organization was part of the IHL and he helped claim the Calder Cup twice. "The Wolves organization will forever be indebted to John for all of the championships and wins," said Wolves chairman Don Levin. "Right from his first year with the team, when we won our first championship, he set high standards and expectations for our players and his personality and coaching style made hockey fun for our fans. We will always consider him part of the Wolves family."
Jun 2 - 5:15 PM

The 2016-17 season will be Ken Hitchcock's last as a head coach.

"I just feel like I've got this really good year in me," he said. "... This season has invigorated me like no season before." Hitchcock guided the Blues to a 49-24-9 record in 2015-16 and the team advanced to the Western Conference Final in the playoffs.
May 31 - 11:38 AM

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench of the St. Louis Blues in 2016-17 after agreeing to a one-year contract with the organization.

The Blues announced the one-year deal with their head coach on Tuesday. Hitchcock owns a 224-103-36 record with St. Louis and his .667 career points percentage is the best in franchise history.
May 31 - 11:08 AM

With the late editions of David Backes (U.S.), Alex Pietrangelo (Canada), Colton Parayko (North America) and Dmitrij Jaskin (Czech Republic) the Blues will have seven players participating in the World Cup.

They will join Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia), Alexander Steen (Sweden) and Jori Lehtera (Finland) who were among the original 16 players chosen by their repsective countries.
May 28 - 11:17 AM

The St. Louis Blues have stumbled a bit at home in the postseason.

The Blues dropped to 4-5 at home during the playoffs following a 4-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday night. "I think we didn't play very well," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We've seen this at home a lot. I'm not sure why, I'm not sure the players even know why. We seem to want to play a little different at home than we do on the road. They were much better than us, probably in every aspect, especially on special teams. We tried to play the same way we did in Game 1 and didn't get away with it." St. Louis went 0-for-6 on the power play in Game 2, while the Sharks were 2-for-5 on their man advantage situations. They will try to get back on track on the road in Games 3 and 4 in San Jose.
May 18 - 8:54 AM

The Blues' power play has been lethal in the playoffs thus far.

It is functioning at a 28.1% success rate, which not only leads the NHL but would also set a franchise record should it continue. Obviously, if the Stars are going to have success against the Blues, they are going to have to figure out a away to keep out of the penalty box.
May 7 - 11:02 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Paul Stastny
2Jori Lehtera
3Patrik Berglund
4Kyle Brodziak
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4David Perron
5Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Dmitrij Jaskin
3Nail Yakupov
4Scottie Upshall
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Colton Parayko
4Jay Bouwmeester
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Brad Hunt
G1Jake Allen
2Carter Hutton