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Blues Fans May Be In Panic Mode, But Not the Team

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

The final horn hadn’t yet sounded Wednesday on the Blues’ 4-0 loss to Chicago, and many panicking fans were sounding off with predictions about what will prevent the club from winning its first Stanley Cup this season.

The defeat was the Blues’ first in regulation in their last 10 games, but after legitimate fretting this season over the inability to beat the three California teams, an outcry that they can’t beat the NHL’s top squads continued after a loss to the defending champions.

“Well, we’re 3-1 against Chicago this year,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo countered. “People can say what they want but we’ve outplayed them when we’ve played them. They outplayed us last game. It’s going to happen. We believe in what we have in this room. We’ve been playing some really good hockey all year. A loss is a loss. Unfortunately it came against them and the way it happened. We’re moving on.”


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In A Top Western Conference Game, Blues Lose To Blackhawks

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

With a chance to be the first NHL team to punch their playoff ticket in 2013-14, the Blues proved that they’re not quite ready.

Chicago, which improved to 11-1-3 on the second night of back-to-back games, recovered from an overtime loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday and polished off the Blues 4-0 in front of a crowd of 21,640 at United Center.

“Good wake-up call,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re the Stanley Cup champions for a reason. They know when to turn the temperature up. No matter what happens in the regular season, everybody in the West, to even give (Chicago) a go, you’re going to have to dial it up. They’re getting ready and it’s up to us to get ready. That’s the task. They dialed it up and we didn’t play well.”...

The loss to the ’Hawks was the Blues’ first in regulation this season to a division opponent (20-1-2), and it marked the club’s first regulation loss with goaltender Ryan Miller in net (7-1-1).

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The Blues Have More On Their Mind Than Just Making The Playoffs

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

"It's a minor goal on the way to our major goal," Blues captain David Backes said. "That's nice to have with a number of games remaining in the season but our ultimate goal this year was not to get into the playoffs. It shows you the evolution and the culture around here. That's what we were trying to create a few years ago and now we've started to create it. We need this to be perpetual."

The Blues have 101 points and could become the first team in the NHL this season to clinch a spot with any kind of win over Chicago.

"Hopefully we can clinch that, but right now we're in kind of playoff mode a little bit where we need to still make a couple of steps to be where we need to be at entering playoffs," said Blues forward T.J. Oshie, who will be back in the lineup after becoming a first-time father on Monday. "So tonight is a big test for us and a big stepping stone."

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Do You Want To See A Bruins/Blues Stanley Cup Final?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The beauty of the Stanley Cup playoffs lies in its democracy. Once invited, every team has a chance to win it all. That can be fun -- after all, everyone loves an underdog -- but it doesn't always mean we get the best hockey.

So maybe this time around, the Hockey Gods will ditch the whole Cinderella angle and give us the series we truly deserve.

St. Louis vs. Boston.

That might not be the matchup that fans of the Blackhawks or Sharks or Penguins are hoping for, but what a gift to the game that one would be.

Since returning from the Olympic break, the Blues and Bruins have rolled over all comers on an apparent collision course for the Cup final.

continued plus this week's power rankings...

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Vladimir Tarasenko Will Have Hand Surgery, Then Evaluated In Six Weeks

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery after injuring his right hand during last night’s 4-1 win over the Predators in Nashville.  Tarasenko’s procedure will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and he’ll be re-evaluated in six weeks.

added 7:34pm, Watch the video below, scroll to the 1:18 mark and with 21 seconds left in the game, you may see how Tarasenko was injured...

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Video- Who Deserved The Penalty?

I would have liked to see a no-call, but you can decide.

Pick one, Alex Steen,Ben Bishop or no-call?

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Video- How Do You Feel Ryan Miller?

Ryan Miller after his first game with the St. Louis Blues, a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Morning Line

“I definitely thought (St. Louis) was a good option for me. I was trying to be really open to anything that was going to come my way and be professional and be ready to play. I was kind of thinking about the possibility of St. Louis and now that it’s happened, it’s gone through, I’m really excited to be here. I do think it’s a good fit.”

-Ryan Miller of the St. Louis Blues, who will start against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight.  More on Miller from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Morning Line

This is a terrific deal for the Blues who had been in the hunt for Miller for months. Halak has a wonderful record (29-4-4, 2.23 avg, .917 save percentage), but the perception is he’s not as good as Quick, for sure. If the Blues are to get out of the logjam in the West, they are going to need a goalie who can match saves    with Crawford and Niemi (both Cup winners) and Hiller, too. They are stacked on defence with three Olympians (Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo on the Canadian team and Kevin Shattenkirk on Team USA) and up front they have five Olympians (David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko).

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on the Buffalo/St. Louis trade.  Read more on the move.

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Video- Ryan Miller Press Conference

Between the first and second period of the Sabres/Sharks game, Ryan Miller spoke to the media.

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