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

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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

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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

The St. Louis Blues aren't worried about losing Game 1 to the Dallas Stars.

The Blues have faced adversity in the playoffs, as they knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round after blowing a 3-1 lead in the series. "I think there’s just confidence in our game," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We’ve been able to meet adversity square on and move it forward by playing well. We had a lot of adversity after Game 6. The game last night felt like Game 6, to be honest with you. "We answered the bell (in Game 7), and I think we got a chance to do it again tomorrow. But I think there’s elements of our game when we see them visually we feel real good about what the outcome is going to be. They weren’t there yesterday. Other than the first 11 minutes they really weren’t there. We were chasing people up and down the ice. But the first 11 minutes if we could copy that we’d be happy with it."
May 1 - 10:24 AM

The Blues lost in every aspect of Friday night's game.

They were outhit (32-26), outshot (42-32) and outscored (2-1) by the Stars in the 2-1, Game 1, loss Friday night. The Blues are going to have to pick up their game as only Brian Elliott's brilliance kept the contest from being a rout in Dallas' favor.
Apr 30 - 12:03 PM

St. Louis will need to improve their penalty kill in Round 2 of the playoffs.

They gave up six goals on 19 opportunities to the Blackhawks in the first round. St. Louis owns the second-worst penalty kill percentage (68.4 percent) in the postseason, which could get them into trouble against Dallas.
Apr 29 - 9:33 AM

The St. Louis Blues have let back-to-back games get away from them because of their poor effort in the third period.

The Blues have dropped three in a row, including Thursday's game to Minnesota and Saturday's game to Toronto. "It’s two games in a row where we’ve been tied in the third period, played really well, and lost the third period," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We lost faceoffs, lost the special teams game, two games in a row. Disappointing. We put in a really good effort in the first two periods, couldn’t get a lead, couldn’t sustain any good minutes with a lead, they came back and got momentum on us right away on their first goal. It was right there for us again."
Jan 3 - 10:55 AM

Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock has shuffled his team's forward lines for Saturday's contest against the Maple Leafs.

The Blues, who have trouble scoring in five-on-five situations will ice the following lines: Vladimir Tarasenko-Paul Stastny-Alex Steen, Magnus Paajarvi-Patrik Berglund-David Backes, Robby Frabbri-Jori Lehtera-Troy Brouwer and Dmitrij Jaskin-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Jan 2 - 12:54 PM

The St. Louis Blues got off to a great start in Saturday's game against Toronto, but were unable to hold on.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock was disappointed that his team refused to stick with their game plan. "We played 15 minutes the right way, had all kinds of success," Hitchcock said, "and then refused to stay with it. Figure out whatever term you want to use, but when you play that way, you don’t respect the lines on the ice, you don’t respect the deep game, and you pay the price because of it. We’re scoring one goal a game. We had a great start to keep up the pressure and then that wasn’t good enough. We decided we wanted to play a different way. And by the time we decided to catch it back up it was way too late.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:28:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock believes his team made too many mistakes in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

"It was a hell of a hockey game," said Hitchcock. "But I want to win those games. I’m sure the players do too. I just don’t want to be the team making the mistakes when the game is on the line. And we made big mistakes. We were moving the game along at a great pace, we were really starting to take control and do the things we needed to do, (and) we made big errors."
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 11:42:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild are developing a strong rivalry.

"I think that’s where you build your rivalry. They beat us," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said Saturday, prior to the Blues’ 3-2 overtime win against the Wild. "We really played well against them for a long period of time, and then when they beat us in the playoffs. And then they beat us again in the first game (this season), that obviously gets your attention.I think you look at it right now, I would say they’re probably playing the best of anybody in the Central right now."
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 11:30:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues will need to work even harder than usual to come up with positive results.

The Blues are without forwards Paul Stastny, Robby Fabbri and Jadedn Schwartz in Saturday's overtime loss to the Islanders and their coach knows they'll have to get creative to come up with victories. "I think, quite frankly, until we sort out our roster, this is what it is," Ken Hitchcock said. "We’re going to have to find ways to gather points in, going to have to find some different chemistry, get a little bit creative here with what we do with our roster and get more from certain people. If we keep up our work ethic like we are now, keep our spirit up, we’ll get through this thing and hopefully come out better.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 10:05:00 AM

While Blues coach Ken Hitchcock obviously wishes that Patrik Berglund didn't need shoulder surgery, the bench boss does see a silver lining in the timing of the news.

Berglund is out for a minimum of four months. "You never want to see a guy get hurt," Hitchcock said, "but it couldn't come at a better time because it allows us to have preparation for finding his replacement. It gives us time to look at guys in training camp. We've brought in some NHL players to take a look at, bona fide NHL players, so we've got lots of time to see how it works. If this happens during the season or even during exhibition season, it's a different story, but we've got a lot of time to figure it out and we're going to get a good player back when we need him the most." Scott Gomez might help fill the void after accepting a professional tryout offer with the Blues.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 10:13:00 AM

With Vladimir Tarasenko set to become a restricted free agent, the St. Louis Blues are expected to be quiet on the UFA front.

"We'll talk to our own restricted free agents, but we're going to stay away from the unrestricteds until we find out what Vladi’s intentions are," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If we can find the depth player that we want, we're going to fill out our roster. But as far as making a significant addition to our team, we're not looking for a top-five defenseman or a top-10 forward until we get Vladi done." Part of the reason for that is the Blues want to keep enough cap space free to guard against an offer sheet should Tarasenko sign one. The fact that Armstrong is in a strong position to match any potential offer sheet might be enough to convince other teams that it's not worth it.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock sees the benefit in agreeing to one-year deals.

Hitchcock signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues for the 2015-16 campaign. The length of his deal shouldn't be taken as a sign that he's on thin ice, if for no other reason than the fact that one-year extensions have been the norm between Hitchcock and the Blues for a while now. "There's a sense where you have to perform with a one-year contract," Hitchcock said. "I like it. I don't know how to describe it. You're coaching like it's your first and last year. You have to stay sharp ... I like anything that doesn't allow me to live in the past or in the future. I want to stay in the now and not take anything for granted."
Fri, May 29, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Coach Ken Hitchcock wants the Blues to play a more "reckless" brand of hockey in 2015-16.

"(Our style is) too conservative, it's too careful, it's too much skill ahead of work," he said. "We've got to get back to reckless. We've got more skill than we've ever had since I've been here. But skilled, careful hockey doesn't win. You've got to play reckless. We need to get back to the reckless play we had before. That's what Doug and I talked about. You can do it and still be responsible. But we've got to get back to reckless play. We've got to ask more people to be involved offensively and defensively." Hitchcock and GM Doug Armstrong want to add more speed to the lineup going into next year to help match their new game plan.
Wed, May 27, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
6Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Scottie Upshall
5Patrik Berglund
6Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Colton Parayko
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Chris Butler
9Peter Harrold
10Petteri Lindbohm
11Jordan Schmaltz
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen
3Jordan Binnington
4Anders Nilsson