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Fear The Blues

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

Never mind all those harrowing one-goal victories Ken Hitchcock racked up after taking over as coach of the Blues.

That was just the warm-up act.

This team – the one that skated over the Canadiens 3-0 in Montreal Tuesday night – is the one the rest of the National Hockey League should fear.

Much has been written about this team’s impressive depth. Much has been written about the collective Blues commitment, effort and discipline.

But now we’re finally starting to see its high skill level emerge as well.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has made it all the way back from his October swoon. With the whole league watching closely, he shrugged off enormous homecoming pressure and blanked the Habs.

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bezukov's avatar

I need more than 20 or so games worth of good play from the Blues before I believe in them under Hitchcock.  They’ve got a lot of games away from home in the second half, and I’m unconvinced that their success isn’t illusory, especially if Brian Elliot cools down.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/11/12 at 03:09 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Hitchcock’s message and style as head coach also wears out very quickly on the players now.  By the end of the season I predict the will be problems.  The Blues maybe made the move for him too soon in the short picture…

I think a lot of their success is smoke and mirrors right now.  They’ve gotten a couple of teams coming into their building at the right time and everything.

I can’t have faith in that defense…

Posted by Primis on 01/11/12 at 03:24 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

as precise as a swiss made clock. come midpoint of the season, a “fear the blues” article is published…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/12/12 at 03:08 PM ET

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