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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (63) / 12/17/1951

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St. Louis has plenty to prove going into their first-round series against Minnesota.
"We've got plenty to prove, there's no question about it," said captain David Backes. "We've had shortcomings in the past few years. We feel we have a deeper team, a more prepared team, a team that's playing better hockey, and healthier than we have been in the last few years in the playoffs. So it's time to put all those things to fruition and show what we can do." St. Louis has one series victory in the past three postseasons and they have been bounced in the first round the last two years. Apr 16 - 2:03 PM

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Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock indicated that he may rest a few key Blues' players Saturday against Minnesota.

With the Blues safely in the playoffs and the game meaning nothing to the team, one or more of Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny and T.J. Oshie (the Blues' hottest line at the moment) will sit out in favor of Olli Jokinen and Ty Rattie. As soon as we know more, we will pass it along.
Apr 11 - 12:46 PM

Ken Hitchock moved up to fourth all-time in career wins after Thursday's victory against Tampa Bay.

The win gave Hitchcock 693 in his career, which moved him ahead of Dick Irvin. Only Scotty Bowman (1244), Al Arbour (782) and Joel Quenneville (740) have collected more wins than Hitchcock. "He's got experience," Scotty Bowman said. "He served his time. He's demanding, which I think you have to be. Today's era, he gets his best players to play important roles."
Feb 15 - 10:13 AM

St. Louis worked on their penalty kill Sunday at practice.

The Blues have allowed 10 goals on the opponents' past 31 power plays. They have permitted two or more power-play goals against in three of four games during their losing streak. St. Louis currently owns the 25th-ranked penalty kill in the league.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:15:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues won four out of the five games on their now-expired homestand.

The Blues now ready for a four-game road trip which starts on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. St. Louis has been scrappy lately, but this could be a real test for Ken Hitchcock's team.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Rather than leaning on players in heavy defensive and offensive roles, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects to even things out next season.

This could be great news for a player like David Backes, who saw a significant amount of his shifts beginning in the defensive zone. That could subtly increase his scoring chances, SOG and maybe even production in 2014-15.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:18:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues have inked a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL Alaska Aces.

The Blues and Aces were previously affiliated from 2005 to 2012. The Aces won the Kelly Cup for the third time in their franchise's history in 2014.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:18:00 PM

St. Louis will play at least four straight games on the road five times in 2014-15.

That includes a six-game road trip from March 15-24. On the other side of the equation, the Blues will have a seven-game homestand from Jan. 8-29. St. Louis opens the regular season against the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers on Oct. 9.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 09:48:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues will participate in a 2014 preseason game in Kansas City.

The Dallas Stars will also take part in the Sept. 27 contest. In total, the Blues will participate in seven exhibition contests, including road matches against Columbus, Dallas, and Minnesota.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 02:01:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues have hired Jim Corsi to take over as the team's goaltending coach.

Corsi served as the Sabres' goaltending coach for 16 seasons. Interestingly enough, the Blues made the decision to hire Corsi after deciding not to re-sign goalie Ryan Miller, who Corsi had worked with for over a decade.
Tue, May 27, 2014 11:10:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues are still weighing their options before hiring a new goaltending coach.

"We'd certainly like to have everything coaching-wise wrapped up by the draft (June 27-28)," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. That being said, he emphasized that there isn't a rush to hire a new goalie coach, in part because there aren't a lot of other teams that are also looking for one. Nashville's Mitch Korn is believed to be a candidate, but the Blues might opt to promote developmental coach and former NHL goaltender Ty Conklin.
Sun, May 25, 2014 11:15:00 AM

The Blues aren't in a hurry to bring in a new goaltender coach.

"We'd certainly like to have everything coaching-wise wrapped up by the draft (June 27-28)," GM Doug Armstrong said. "Getting [Kirk] Muller signed was the No. 1 priority. There's not the rush for the goalie coach. There doesn't seem to be that many teams that are in the same position as we are right now. We're working through it on a day to day basis, we're talking to people, we're interviewing people, but we're not in any rush to do something this week." Corey Hirsch was dismissed earlier this month and Mitch Korn, whose contract expires with Nashville in July, could be their preferred target.
Thu, May 22, 2014 01:03:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues extended the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

They also retained assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Ray Ben. Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not be back with the team next year. The Blues have been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round for the last two seasons, but under Hitchcock has posted a 124-55-20 record for a franchise best .673 winning percentage.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:00:00 PM

Coach Ken Hitchcock wants to see the Blues develop a "killer instinct" in the playoffs.

"To me, it's ... when you've got your foot on the throat — step," Hitchcock said. "That's what we've got to do. I don't know any other way to describe it. The end result is you've got to go further, further in every aspect of your game, further on checking, further on special teams, further on scoring. ... And it's hard to do, but you've got to do it." St. Louis won the first two games against Chicago before losing the next four in a first-round postseason exit. The same thing happened last year versus Los Angeles.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:01:00 AM

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock feels its time for his team to write its own legacy.

The Blues took a 2-0 series lead in 2013 only to lose in six games. They took a 2-0 lead against Chicago this year and are on the verge of seeing history repeat itself going into Game 6 on Sunday. "Everybody is probably writing, 'Here they go again. They're challenging the top teams, but can they get through the top teams?'" Hitchcock said. "Everybody is going to write that stuff. But we have a chance to write the message that you guys have to print, so it's in our control. I want to see us embrace this." The Blues certainly are capable of winning this series, given the team they have. If they fall short it will be particularly disappointing after they went out and acquired goaltender Ryan Miller in anticipation of them competing for the Cup this year.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Jori Lehtera
3Paul Stastny
4Marcel Goc
5Olli Jokinen
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Steve Ott
4John McCarthy
5Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2T.J. Oshie
3Patrik Berglund
4Dmitrij Jaskin
5Ryan Reaves
6Chris Porter
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Barret Jackman
6Chris Butler
7Zbynek Michalek
8Robert Bortuzzo
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen
3Niklas Lundstrom