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from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are sinking in the Western Conference standings. After facing the Kings to finish a bleak four-game home stand, the Blues will be on the road for four of the next five games. Only 10 of their next 28 games will be played at Scottrade Center.
This is a critical time.
Starting tonight, the Blues desperately need Halak to emerge as a true No. 1 goaltender. He must stop the hemorrhaging, close a gaping wound and begin the process of saving his team’s season.
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
Asked what he might have done 10 years ago following a pair of lopsided home defeats like the St. Louis Blues suffered through this week, coach Ken Hitchcock showed how he has evolved.
"We probably would have done different things today," Hitchcock said Friday after putting the team through an informative video session highlighting the good, bad and the ugly from a 6-1 loss to Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday's 5-1 loss to Detroit. "But you learn. You learn over time that it's not the end of the world. If you treat it like the end of the world .... my job is to get them out of the ditch.
"You don't get them out of the ditch with a bunch of criticism and a bunch of conflict. My job is to get them back up and running and feeling good about themselves. As much as you want them to learn from the mistakes, they've got to see the good stuff, too."
As a result, there was no "bag skate" Friday where a hockey coach skates a team into the ground as punishment for misdeeds.
Instead, Hitchcock relied on video and the pride of a wounded team that began the season 6-1 before losing its last three games while being outscored 16-5.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
What is the difference in mindset and pressure when you expect to make the playoffs, like the Blues do now, as opposed to the time when you were just hoping to get there?
"I think when you're hoping to make the playoffs, you think it's OK to fail and you think about, 'Oh, we lost tonight, but we were slotted to not make the playoffs anyway.' There is always a desire to win, but when it doesn't happen you say, 'If this was different,' or, 'If we had a better team.' There are excuses when you're not expecting it.
"When you're expecting to make the playoffs, it's, 'Let's see results.' If you're not getting them, you're in a mode where things are going to change. I don't think of it as pressure, I think of it as expectations, and when you're prepared for those expectations you don't see it as pressure. I don't think they're parallel by any means."
David Backes received a 5 minute major and a match for this hit to the head of Kent Huskins.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman initially thought a friend was playing a joke on him, but he knew that couldn't be the case because the name and number that came up on his phone was one that he had saved in his contacts folder.
The Great One was indeed calling the new owner of the Blues to invite him to be his guest at the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp.
"It's maybe the most surreal experience I've had since I got involved with the Blues," Stillman told NHL.com Tuesday morning before playing in his first game at the Fantasy Camp. "Really, I can remember times when people used to leave phone messages for me saying it was Wayne Gretzky, ha ha, but it was him and he was asking me to come to the event, saying that they were planning to wear Blues uniforms this year so they'd like me to come.
"When the Great One calls, what are you going to do? You're going to go. This is the hockey fantasy camp of fantasy camps."
Wade Redden last scored in the NHL on March 10, 2010, that is of course until last night.
Darren Pang described the goal as a "kind of a double-I formation."
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced the Blues have activated defenseman Wade Redden today. Redden will wear #6. In addition, the club assigned defenseman Ian Cole to the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Peoria Rivermen.
(ST. LOUIS) – The Blues’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators Monday night registered as the highest-rated regular season Blues telecast ever on FOX Sports Midwest. The game generated a 7.4 household rating in the St. Louis DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That easily tops the previous regular season high of 6.3 set March 13, 2012 at Chicago.
Monday's telecast peaked at a 9.1 rating (113,000 households) during the shootout. The Blues Live postgame show followed with an impressive 4.7 rating.
“He’s been kicked down and stepped on and now it’s about how he responds to it. If he’s the kindof person I think he is, he’s going to respond very well.”
-Larry Robinson, asst. coach of the San Jose Sharks on Scott Gomez. The quote is via the Mercury News but Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal used it in his column on Scott Gomex and Wade Redden.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced the club has reached a deal, in principal, with defenseman Wade Redden today. Terms of the contract are for one-year and $800,000.
“Wade is a solid two-way defenseman,” said Armstrong. “We believe his experience will complement and add stability to our defensive core.”
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