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St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock tells Hockey Central at Noon how his club is dealing so well with the bacterial infection that's been working through the team.
via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,
Backes and Oshie both have concussions.
Lindstrom is out with the bacterial illness.
Plus Paul Stastny is still on IR.
Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Glenn Hall.
His consecutive game streak ended at 502 and one which will never be broken.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Head coach Ken Hitchcock is at a bit of a loss to figure out just what he's got with his bacterially challenged, banged-up squad as the Blues try to scramble their way through the opening stages of this still-young season.
In spite of a 4-3 overtime win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday that saw the Blues battle back three times from one-goal deficits, Hitchcock wondered aloud if this was going to be a season of challenges after last season saw the Blues go most of the season with a consistent lineup.
"We have no idea what type of team we have," Hitchcock said after Tuesday's win.
"This might be one of those years where we're just going to have to scramble to stay afloat. You don't know. We didn't have any adversity last year until the last two weeks and then we just got bombed with it. But this one is different. We've had nothing but an unsettled roster both at practice and games since the second game of the season."
Ken Hitchcock only said Backes would be re-evaluated today.
The acual hit did not look bad but notice Backes's head did hit the ice.
“We’ll know more in the next day or so but he’s not playing (Sunday),” said Quenneville, referring to the Blackhawks’ game against the Ottawa Senators. “It could be a little bit more than (a week or two). I don’t think it’s that bad.”
“We’re not playing the right way. We made a heck of a run here playing the right way, no odd-man rushes, don’t force offense, don’t give the puck away and make hope-for plays offensively. We’ve had a shoot-first mentality that allowed us to be top five in the league in scoring goals. But we don’t want to play the right way. We want to play a different game right now. Until we buy into that, we’re going to have some rough water we have to go through.
“When you force offense and you play careless with the puck, when you have defensemen who want to play ahead of the forwards, you end up with a recipe for disaster. … We’ve given up more odd-man rushes in six hockey games than we did in two months last year. You can’t win like that. The alarm bell’s going off.”
-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues after losing 4-1 at home to Vancouver. More on the game from Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Below, watch Hitchcock's post-game...
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward Paul Stastny indeed sustained a shoulder injury in Saturday’s victory over Arizona and has been downgraded to week to week by the club.
Stastny remained in a sling Sunday, when the Blues closed out their three-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
The injury occurred in the opening minute of Saturday’s game, when the Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal laid a hit along the boards on Stastny, who was in an awkward position.
Watch the hit below...
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Stastny was hit by Arizona’s Martin Hanzal along the boards and then was bumped again later in his shift. He headed to the locker room just 59 seconds into the game and didn’t return due to what the team labeled an “upper-body” injury.
“He’s not going to play (Sunday) and then we’ll just see,” Hitchcock said. “He took a hit there and he’s kind of day-to-day and then we’ll just see where we’re at.”
Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney was also injured last night and no update on his condition.
Watch how the injury happened below...
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Added Backes: “We’ve played the Eastern Conference champ (Rangers) and now we’re going to play the Stanley Cup champs ... two out of the first three games. We’re going to see what kind of gumption we have, what kind of resolve we have. If we beat them, it’s going to be a feather in our cap. If we’re not up to it, it’s going to be another reality check that we’ve got a ton of work to do. We’re going to do everything we can the next few days to get ourselves on the good side of that coin.”
While the Blues will be evaluated by the final result, the more accurate measurement in the team’s eyes is continuing to cement its identity. They got it back Saturday and now they want to keep it.
“It’s not about wins and losses early on,” Shattenkirk said. “I think the team that gets to their disciplined, structured game quickly and follows the game plan are the teams that have success early on in the season. And we’ve been able to do that in the past and get off to some good starts.
“It’s going to be important that we do it again this year. We have some tough tests ahead of us and the key is, when we’re in those hostile environments, to stick with it and trust our game plan that the coaches put forward and know that our abilities in this locker room are going allow us to execute and be successful.”
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