Found February 03, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
The St. Louis Blues have had plenty of time to reflect on how poorly they entered the All-Star break. Coach Ken Hitchcock hopes it served as a wake-up call. Sporting one of the NHL's top home records, the Blues return to the ice Friday night to meet the Los Angeles Kings, who begin their longest road trip of the season. St. Louis hasn't played since Jan. 24, the only team not to have a game since the All-Star game. The Blues were 8-0-1 from Jan. 3-21 before entering the break with losses at Detroit and at home to Pittsburgh in a shootout. Hitchcock said that the team, which has failed to reach the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, needed to learn from that. "I think the last two games are eye-openers," said Hitchcock, 23-6-7 since taking over for the fired Davis Payne. "We're as good or better than 22 teams, but there's eight out there, they're big-time teams." The Blues, who haven't won a division title since 2000, are 21-3-4...
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