SATURDAY'S STORY LINE: When the Wild and Blues first met on Nov. 5, the Blues were a team in the midst of tumultuous times. They were off to a slow start and the loss to the Wild was the last straw forSt. Louis'management. The day after the loss head coach Davis Payne was fired and Ken Hitchcock took over.
When Payne was fired the Blues sat in 13th place in the Western conference. Since then, St. Louis has gone 19-5-6 and catapulted tofourth place in the Western conference.
Veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner signed with the Blues as a free agent on July 6, 2011, the 17-year NHL veteran felt the team was struggling with who they were at the start of the season.
"We were a young team fighting itself and fighting with an identity," said Langenbrunner.
When Hitchcock took over, he gave the Blues an identity and the players began to believe.
"He has brought an identity. It is going to be a hard-working, defensive-minded team and guys have bought into that," added Langenbrunner.