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Blues’ subtle changes emphasize need for speed

May 5, 2012, 9:16 PM EST

Dwight King, B.J. Crombeen AP

Unlike with star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in Game 3, the St. Louis Blues aren’t looking to undergo dramatic lineup changes as they prepare to face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 tomorrow. Still, head coach Ken Hitchcock told Jeremy Rutherford that there’s been a common theme: a need for speed.

Forward Ryan Reaves will replace B.J. Crombeen on the fourth line, and defenseman Ian Cole will step in for Carlo Colaiacovo.

“More size, more speed,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We keep pulling speed into the lineup and it works. (Matt) D’Agostini was good. Obviously (Chris) Stewart was good. So Reaves brings more speed, more size, we’re trying to get a little bit better.”‘

Improved speed and size alone likely won’t turn this dire series around for the Blues. They’ll need better play from an anemic power play and a seemingly rattled Brian Elliott in net if they want to extend the series and give themselves any hope of an unlikely comeback against the red-hot Kings.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Glad they’re on their way out. The Midwest is an irritating place when a St. Louis sports team is enjoying too much success.

  2. highlander24 - May 6, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!

  3. blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    HE WHO RESTS … RUSTS !

    The juggernaut which is our LA Kings must and will “smash” these silly mid-western Blues into oblivion tomorrow ! … and then we carry on from there. So let us close ranks friends, as now we’re finally getting to the heart of the matter !
    :) GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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