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9:30pm ET Start In St. Louis Has Both Sides Talking

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"I don’t know if we’ve done that, but keep the people at the TV networks happy, I guess," Blues captain David Backes said with a shrug after the morning skate Thursday.
"Whatever it is, it is. [The Kings] are playing at the same time."

Anze Kopitar was scratching his head but couldn’t remember ever playing this late.

"I’ve never played an 8:30 game," the Kings star center said after his team’s noon CT skate.

"It’s different, for sure," added Kings veteran Jarret Stoll. "I don’t want to sleep too long today, or else I’ll get groggy. I’ll just hang out and stretch, I guess."...

"It better not get to overtime or I’m going to be asleep on the bench," said Hitchcock after his team’s 11 a.m. skate. "The gap from now to 8:30, I don’t know, there better be some good games on at 6 p.m. [7 p.m. ET] when we’re sitting in the office twiddling our thumbs. It’s a long, long day. I’ve never seen anything like this. This will be interesting."

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Afternoon Line

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Video- Steen With The Game Wiiner In OT For The Blues

A shorthanded goal and a terrible turnover by Quick, not much else to say.


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In And Back In The Playoffs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

For Robyn Regehr, it’s felt like eternity.

For Jay Bouwmeester, well, it almost has been.

On Tuesday night, the former Calgary Flames teammates will skate on opposite sides and cherish the chance at playoff hockey when the St. Louis Blues host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

"It feels like forever. It really does," Regehr, 33, said Monday after practice with his Kings.

"I'm really looking forward to it. You grind it out in the regular season and this is the reward. I really enjoy playoff hockey and looking forward to being part of it again."


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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester, robyn+regehr

The Blues Are Ready For The Kings

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Despite the Blues’ bruises this season, they did finish with the sixth-most points in the NHL (60) in the regular season. Like LA last season, they are playing perhaps their strongest hockey heading into the playoffs, going 12-3 down the stretch.

“But you prove everything in the playoffs,” Hitchcock said. “For us to be effective, certain people have to play out of character. That’s what six or eight weeks of hockey is … playing out of character. For us, we just want a chance to prove ourselves.”

For the Blues to prove themselves, however, it means “accomplishing” more than winning just one game or one round, as they thought a year ago.

“I can’t tell you it’s not going to happen (again),” Backes said. “I think it’s something we have to prove by putting the effort in. The group in here has shown at times this year that we’ve got the resiliency and other times maybe we’ve got a little complacent. But winning should make you hungry for more winning, rather than thinking you’ve done something.”


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Hockey Talk And Whispers

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Dale Tallon’s status as executive of the year has taken a hit after a disastrous season in Florida. The catchy phrase “Red Rising” should be changed to “Seeing Red” after an embarrassing year. Signing winger Alexei Kovalev was the first mistake and veteran defenceman Ed Jovanovski didn’t work, either. Then, there was the whole fiasco involving Sean Bergenheim. The club refused to pay the injured forward, lost a grievance and then had to pay his full $2.75 million salary this season. While Tallon gained a reputation as being player-friendly, Florida may not be a desired destination among players anymore.

- Whispers out of St. Louis have players frustrated with the antics of coach Ken Hitchcock. It seems Hitchcock has the ear of players wherever he goes in the short term, but his constant picking apart and calling them out has gotten old. The team has performed far below expectations and is struggling to hang on to a playoff spot. Many league executives believe a quick exit could lead to changes for a team that is operating on a shoestring budget where ownership is counting on a deep playoff run to minimize losses.

more including notes on the Flyers, Coyotes Sabres, Luongo and Iginla...

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Oshie Listed As Week-To-Week After Ankle Surgery

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward T.J. Oshie underwent a successful surgical procedure on his left ankle.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Jeffery Johnson, Dr. Jeremy McCormick and Dr. Rick Wright at Washington University Orthopedic Center.  Oshie, who was originally placed on Injured Reserve on April 2, is currently listed week-to-week.

Oshie, 26, has dressed in 30 games this season posting 20 points including seven goals and 13 assists to go along with 15 penalty minutes

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Blues Back To Their Winning Ways

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Winners of five straight and suddenly just two points out of fourth in the Western Conference, the Blues are peaking at the right time, with just 10 games to go in their regular season.

Reminds me so much of the way the Los Angeles Kings played survival hockey in the second half of last season; by the time the puck dropped in the playoffs, they were a hardened group and a dangerous foe.

"I think that ideology makes sense where you learn some great lessons during the regular season when going on a (losing) skid and finding out your true identity," Blues captain David Backes told ESPN.com Wednesday. "It doesn't mean your season is over. Where if you wait until the playoffs to have those experiences, you might be watching on TV before you have a chance to right the ship."

It's taken 38 games but the Blues appear to have righted the ship.

"We're starting to manage the game the right way," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We still have a whole other level offensively that we have to get to from a continuity standpoint. We still have to create more. But we're playing with a real spirit right now and a real energy. We just want to keep it up."

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Can The Blues Win With Elliott & Allen?

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jaroslav Halak’s exasperating season came to a painful end. Once again, his elasticity failed him.

Maybe he will be able to play again by playoff time, maybe he won’t.

Maybe he still has a bright future with the Blues, maybe he doesn’t. His season -- and his career with the Blues – sits firmly in limbo.

Who knows what will become of him.

Now the Blues must rely on Brian Elliott and/or Jake Allen to step up and save this season. Allen starred earlier this season before suffering a bit of reality check that earned him a return ticket to the American Hockey League.


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Wade Redden May Be Headed To Boston

added 3:24pm,

TSN confirms trade.

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