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Blues scratch Langenbrunner for second straight game

Jan 21, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

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For the second straight game, veteran winger Jamie Langenbrunner will watch the St. Louis Blues play in street clothes.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock decided to keep his lineup the same for Monday’s game against the Predators in Nashville, which is pretty reasonable after his team destroyed Detroit 6-0 in the season-opener.

Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he doesn’t think the jersey space-challenging forward will be a regular on the healthy scratch list, however.*

“We felt like if everybody came through healthy and we played that well, why change the lineup,” Hitchcock said. “You know, they’re going to play. I think sometimes you start over-thinking, like you don’t want to get guys too far away from it.

“But (Langenbrunner) knows the deal. He’s a veteran guy; he knows the deal. And I think when he gets in, he’s going to be a good player, and when he gets in he’s not going to get pushed out.”

Some might believe that the 37-year-old is nearing the end of the road, though.

He’s coming off his worst full statistical season in 2011-12. He averaged just 14:37 minutes per game while managing a middling six goals and 24 points. Langenbrunner isn’t that far removed from the days where he fell in the 60-point range, but it’s unlikely he’ll approach that level again.

Right now, he’s just trying to get back in the lineup.

* – And not just to save fabric and ink, am I right?

  1. stevedurbano - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I’m sure he’ll get plenty of ice time- from what Hitch has been saying it looks like he’ll be rotating guys several games at a time.

  2. thesneakysalamander - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Langenbrunner might not be a good fit for a team like St. Louis right now. While they are a team gearing up for a cup run, theyre doing it by infusing high end young talent as opposed to adding vets to fill out the roster(or at least the forwards). I think he would do well on a team like Pittsburgh in a role similar to Steve Sullivans last season.

  3. spetznaz777 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    matt d’agostini has yet to play…that is how deep the blues bench is langebrunner knows the score. hitch promised him in the lineup by game 3-4. you can thank tarasenko for the bench arrangement.

  4. eggserino - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Hitchcock has already said that he’s not switching the lineup (except goal tending) for the first three games. That said, I wish that there was something the team could do to put him on the coaching staff to free up the roster spot. I’d much rather have Chris Porter filling that spot so that Sobotka AND D’Agostini would be free to move up and down the lineup as necessary.

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