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Average Won’t Cut It

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

To make the playoffs this season, the Blues will have to play extraordinary hockey down the stretch. Ordinary won’t cut it these days in the NHL’s Western Conference.

There is one great team on this side of the league, the Red Wings. One team, the Kings, appears to be a dead team skating.

And you can put the other 13 teams into a giant pile -– since very little separates them. Let’s take a quick look at the Blues’ competition:

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Morning Line

via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“One thing I told them … I don’t want to read in the paper tomorrow that you don’t have confidence,” Murray said. “You’re in the National Hockey League and you’re a part of the St. Louis Blues. You know how to play well. We need you to play well.

“If you don’t have confidence, which I don’t think that’s a word … it’s just an excuse word … if that’s how you feel, then come and tell me before the game because then I won’t play you. I put players on the ice in games that I believe in. I believe that our goalie is going to be good, I believe we’re going to be good on the power play. I believe in every single player that we put on the ice.

“Don’t give me an excuse word.”

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Time For A Blues Turnaround

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

But for the Blues, it goes beyond a losing streak that has blossomed to four games. After a 16-9-1 start, they are 6-8-5 in their last 19 games before heading into today’s rematch against Nashville.

“This is not just one game,” Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said after Saturday’s loss to the Predators. “This has been happening.”

The Blues’ problem areas have been well-documented. The power play has been weak all season, and in a recent stretch, the team received little offense from its skilled forwards. The even-strength scoring has improved lately, but then at times, the defense fails to match its high level from earlier this season.

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Andy Murray Stresses Responsibility

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

This disaster, on the heels of the 6-1 loss at Chicago, gives coach Andy Murray and his staff plenty to work on as the team readies for the road.

“The message today was not to shun your responsibility, to take it seriously, acknowledge that you weren’t good enough today to get the job done,” Murray said. “Myself, as a coach, I have to acknowledge when my team doesn’t play as well as it needs to play. Then I have to take responsibility.

“It’s all about responsibility. We’ll go to work and prepare them for the next game in Nashville and review what we need to do better. We need to have their effort. We need to have a high determination level. We’re that type of team that cannot be successful if we’re not operating at full power.”

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Last Call

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The offer was snatched back before a thirsty hockey fan could spell Budweiser.

Shortly before lunchtime Thursday, the St. Louis Blues sent an e-mail to fans announcing “Tuesdays on Tap,” a promotion offering unlimited free beverages, including beer, for certain tickets to five upcoming home games.

At 4 p.m., Blues executive Peter McLoughlin told the Post-Dispatch, “This one is not happening.”

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Blues Send Down Toivonen

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has assigned goaltender Hannu Toivonen to the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. In addition, the team has recalled goaltender Marek Schwarz from the Rivermen.

 

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Getting The In-Game Story

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have been among the most innovative teams in the NHL with their broadcasts, being among the first to allow a camera to be placed in the locker room to tape strategy sessions and even permitting microphones to be worn by players.

And they’ve tinkered for several years with having radio analyst Kelly Chase work from the Blues’ bench area, where he is able to give a firsthand account of what’s going on….

Chase thus can obtain interviews quickly and provide insight he gains from being near the action, and it’s not just a gimmick — he has mined some quality nuggets.

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Does A Team Need A Captain

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks are the only teams in the NHL operating this season without a captain. Minnesota and Buffalo alternate their captains month by month.

The consensus among the Blues is in favor of the rotating alternates, although some voiced the need for a traditional captain.

“I think it’s working,” Jackman said. “We have a lot of guys in the room that could be identified as captains. Not having one, I think, has made us rely on everyone coming together and leading as a group.”

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Blues Talk

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a live Q & A with John Davidson and Blues fans….

Do the blues have any interest in acquring a more experienced Goalie like Curtis Joseph to backup goaltender Manny Legace if he would go down with an injury? Thanks for your time.

Jeremy Rutherford (typing for J.D.): No. We feel stronogly about Manny finishing the season the way he’s played all season. We feel that Hannu Toivonen has earned the opportunity. He’s a great teammate. He’s above .500.

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They Used To Be Backups

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

It’s interesting to see what has happened this week to Manny Legace and Chris Osgood, a couple of goalies the Detroit Red Wings thought were nothing more than back-ups not long ago.

Legace was named the league’s No. 1 star for the week ending Jan. 6. The St. Louis Blues’ No. 1 man in the net has pretty much been spot on all season, despite playing at less than 100 percent.

Osgood has played so well that not only has he emerged as the go-to guy in Detroit, but the Red Wings awarded the 35-year-old with a three-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Holy Hasek, what’s going on here?

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