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Ken Hitchcock doesn’t think goaltending is an issue for the Blues

When the St. Louis Blues were dumped out of the playoffs in the first round, it was clear that the team needed to make changes in order to reach the next level. After bringing back Ken Hitchcock, it’s clear the team will need to make those changes on the ice if they hope to avoid more playoff embarrassment. Where can the team improve? Many Blues fans point to the team’s core...
Via Puck Drunk Love
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock doesn’t think goaltending is an issue for the Blues

When the St. Louis Blues were dumped out of the playoffs in the first round, it was clear that the team needed to make changes in order to reach the next level. After bringing back Ken Hitchcock, it’s clear the team will need to make those changes on the ice if they hope to avoid more playoff embarrassment. Where can the team improve? Many Blues fans point to the team’s core...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: It sounds like Martin Brodeur will be back with the Blues

When Martin Brodeur joined the Blues last season, it seemed like a short-term gig. That proved to be true of his on-ice contributions to the Blues, but Brodeur ended up sticking around long after Brian Elliott and Jake Allen reclaimed the St. Louis crease. Once the year wrapped up, it looked like Brodeur would head off to New Jersey and take up a permanent role with the Devils....
Via Frozen Notes
17 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Same story, different year

On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Blues found themselves in a situation they know all too well. The Minnesota Wild were able to eliminate the Blues in a series that took six games to play with a 4-1 Wild victory. This marks the third consecutive year in which the St. Louis Blues have been eliminated from playoff contention in the first round. The Blues were a favorite to win the...
Via isportsweb.com
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues' Armstrong, Hitchcock both still digesting playoff flop

  St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Ken Hitchcock sat side by side, presenting a united front for a franchise bleeding from its latest playoff flop. Armstrong on Tuesday praised Hitchcock's job in transforming the Blues from also-rans to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, but both said they were still searching for reasons why they were eliminated in the first...
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Armstrong envisions an Elliott / Allen goalie tandem next season

After the Blues snubbed Brian Elliott in favor of Jake Allen during their first round series against the Minnesota Wild, it seemed pretty unlikely that both goaltenders would be in the mix in 2015-16. GM Doug Armstrong sees things a little differently and has stated he envisions a tandem of Elliott and Allen next year. Armstrong says he sees a goalie tandem for next year. Allen...
Via Frozen Notes
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

For third straight year, St. Louis Blues make an early exit

ST. LOUIS (AP) For the third straight year, it's one and done for the St. Louis Blues. Jobs may be on the line after coach Ken Hitchcock's team won the Central Division but fell flat in the playoffs in a six-game opening-round loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Blues had believed this was their best chance at winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup with four strong lines, solid defense...
Via AP on Fox
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues Bracing for Offseason Changes After 1st-Round Exit

The St. Louis Blues were just eliminated by the Minnesota Wild in a 4-2 series. They have struggled with scoring the playoffs and many players expect changes to be made this offseason after another 1st-round exit. One of these players is defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He had this to say about the possibility of offseason changes. “I would assume so” Shattenkirk said.  “General...
Via The Sports Journal
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Ken Hitchcock says he won’t change goalies, immediately changes his mind

Hockey is sometimes painfully ironic. The latest example of that was when Ken Hitchcock was interviewed on the bench and reiterated that he wasn’t going to make a goalie change after Jake Allen coughed up a soft goal against the Wild. Hitchcock said that Allen is a young guy who is learning and the team has to stick with him. Approximately 30 seconds and another soft goal later...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Ken Hitchcock says he won’t change goalies, immediately changes his mind

Hockey is sometimes painfully ironic. The latest example of that was when Ken Hitchcock was interviewed on the bench and reiterated that he wasn’t going to make a goalie change after Jake Allen coughed up a soft goal against the Wild. Hitchcock said that Allen is a young guy who is learning and the team has to stick with him. Approximately 30 seconds and another soft goal later...
Via Bloguin Best
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues pull Allen in second period after second goal by Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues pulled goalie Jake Allen from Game 6 after the Minnesota Wild scored their second goal. The Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 remaining in the second period Sunday when Justin Fontaine's shot glided between the rookie's pads, and coach Ken Hitchcock summoned veteran Brian Elliott. Zach Parise scored first for Minnesota, another save Allen could...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues pull Allen in 2nd period after 2nd goal by Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The St. Louis Blues pulled goalie Jake Allen from Game 6 after the Minnesota Wild scored their second goal. The Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 remaining in the second period Sunday when Justin Fontaine's shot glided between the rookie's pads, and coach Ken Hitchcock summoned veteran Brian Elliott. Zach Parise scored first for Minnesota, another save Allen could...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild respond with 4-1 win in Game 5, take series lead 3-2

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 20: Goalie Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues blocks a shot by Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild as Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the Blues helps to defend the net during the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild...
Via State of Hockey News
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Blues

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild have been trading blows, though the latest definitely contained the most force. After running it up in Minnesota, the Blues return home Friday night for Game 5 with a shot at gaining their first lead in the first-round series. Wednesday's 6-1 win was pretty well secured after the Blues imposed their physical style to build a three-goal lead...
Via AP on Fox
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild can’t withstand Blues, fall 6-1 in St. Paul

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 18: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues looks to make a save against the Minnesota Wild during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 18, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Hockey fans normally relish a good tussle between players on the...
Via State of Hockey News
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild dominate Blues in 3-0 win in St. Paul and take back series lead

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 18: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against the Minnesota Wild during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 18, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Minnesota is growing used to being ignored by national media circles. ...
Via State of Hockey News
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: David Backes swats the puck off the goal line

With the Blues clinging to a 2-1 lead, David Backes swatted Nino Niederreiter’s shot off the goal line after it struck the post, hit Jake Allen and was trickling towards the goal.
Via Frozen Notes
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues knock off Wild, 4-1, even series

ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in the first period and then had an empty-netter for his first career playoff hat trick, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday that evened their playoff series at a game apiece. Tarasenko had an assist and no shots in a 4-2 loss in Game 1, but responded with an impressive performance more...
Via AP on Fox
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues open playoffs with bland performance, 4-2 loss to Wild

ST. LOUIS -- Just like the regular season, the Minnesota Wild appeared right at home in someone else's rink. "That was a fantastic road game," goalie Devan Dubnyk said after the Wild opened the playoffs strong with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. "We were great with the puck," Dubnyk added, "we were fast coming up the ice on turnovers and we did a good job...
Via AP on Fox
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: what to look for in the first round

With first place in the Central Division clinched, the St. Louis Blues look to enter a deep playoff run in which they aim to win the organization’s first Stanley Cup. This year, the Blues find themselves facing off against the Minnesota Wild in the first round. This will be the first time that the two organizations have seen each other in the playoffs, and it is bound to be an...
Via isportsweb.com
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are riding the hot hand in goal into the playoffs. There was never a doubt who'd be minding the nets for the Minnesota Wild. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock ended the intrigue on Wednesday, a day ahead of the opener of the best-of-seven series, choosing rookie Jake Allen over veteran Brian Elliott. "It was a week ago I said one guy's had a great season...
Via AP on Fox
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

While Blues' goalie was a tough call, Wild's was an obvious choice

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are riding the hot hand in goal into the playoffs. There was never a doubt who'd be minding the nets for the Minnesota Wild. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock ended the intrigue Wednesday, a day ahead of the opener of the best-of-seven series, choosing rookie Jake Allen over veteran Brian Elliott. "It was a week ago I said one guy's had a great season and...
Via AP on Fox
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues to start Allen in goal to open playoffs against Wild

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues are going with the hot hand in goal to start the playoffs, choosing rookie Jake Allen over veteran Brian Elliott. The 24-year-old Allen was 5-1-1 with 1.32 goals against average and .950 save percentage in his last eight games. Coach Ken Hitchcock informed Allen before practice Wednesday that he'd be playing Thursday in Game 1 of the Blues' opening...
Via AP on Fox
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Jake Allen the NHL’s Worst Playoff Goalie?

View image | gettyimages.com The NHL playoffs begin this week.  I figured it’d be a good idea for TopSportsReport to have rankings to help fans understand the playoffs better, make their predictions better, and also, simply increase discussion surrounding this year’s playoffs. The goalie is one of the most important players on the ice, if not the most important.  Taking...
Via TopSportsReport
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues clinch division title, home-ice advantage with 2-1 win over Chicago

ST. LOUIS -- Paul Stastny scored the game-winner, Dmitrij Jaskin broke a 16-game scoreless string, and Jake Allen made 21 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in a Central Division showdown on Thursday night. The Blues clinched the division title and home-ice advantage for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with their second win over...
Via AP on Fox
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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