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Getting the struggling Blues ‘out of the ditch’

Feb 9, 2013, 2:34 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues find themselves trying to re-discover the formula that jump-started their 6-1 start to the regular season.

The Blues have since lost three straight – their last two losses by a combined score of 11-2.

“My job is to get them out of the ditch,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday.

“And you don’t get them out of the ditch with a bunch of criticism and a bunch of conflict. My job is to get them back up and running and feeling good about themselves.”

The Blues stormed out of the gate, posting two shutouts in their first four games and six wins in seven games.

However, the last two losses – blowouts to the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings – came on home ice.

The Blues host the Anaheim Ducks Saturday.

“We had a great meeting today and were able to see the positive and negative video clips,” Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“When we’re doing things wrong, this is what it looks like. When we’re playing like us, this is what it looks like. We have had flashes of it the last few games. But it’s just a matter of doing it over and over again.”

  1. 19to77 - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    I hear firing the coach early works wonders on this team’s record.

    • jrmehle - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      The Wild might need a coach soon. We’ll take Hitch for you.

  2. rainyday56 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Get them out from under “Hitch”.

    • loinstache - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      Yeah definitely eliminate the deciding factor that brought a young team out of obscurity after a few failed games, that’s gonna get the wheel spinning

  3. hypefree10 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Why would you ever fire Hitch. He is a perfect coach for our division. Last year the Blues beat up on the whole division. I’m a Wings fan and I hope they fire him :) .. but they never will. Wait until the boys get their legs back. You won’t see quality hockey until games 21-25.

  4. kcprof926 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    You won’t see quality hockey until games 21-25? Maybe in St Louis but not Chicago. Go Hawks

    • bcsteele - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Yeah, in Chicago you’ll just see them quit playing by games 21-25…

  5. jpat2424 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Crying shame !

  6. polegojim - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    The statement both he and Babcock confirmed on Thursday is an eternal truth…

    ‘Chasing’ hockey… is ‘LOSING’ hockey…

    They were chasing the Wings all over the ice on Thurs… which is a 180 from the first meeting.

    Hitch will help right the ship… anyone who talks about firing him at this point is ‘hockey ignorant’.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Really? Are Blues fans seriously calling for Hitch’s head?? Hitch made you RELEVANT. You made it to the playoffs last year and ousted SAN JOSE. This is only a few games. The Blues need an away win to get them back on track. Road wins always help especially considering the fact that they have been bad at home as of late. The last thing I thought I would hear from Blues fans was, “Give Hitch the can.” The Blues are a good hockey team, but their current struggles are not Hitch’s fault.

    • eggserino - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      I will speak for all Blues fans. Any fan that calls themselves a Blues fan that is advocating firing Hitchcock can jump back off the bandwagon and go back to figuring out what’s wrong with the Rams.

      • bcsteele - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        As another Blues fan…I second your comment.

        Anyone really calling for a new coach knows nothing about the Blues, and I’d argue nothing about hockey. You can just re-watch the games against Nashville and Detroit next to the first several games of the season and it looks like two completely different teams. Like someone posted earlier, Hitch will right the ship. I’d rather go through this kind of thing now instead of later on.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      no true Blues fan like myself is calling for Hitch’s head.
      the team as a whole needs to get back to playing Hitch’s system. when they do that they dominate opposing teams and win a lot of games. hopefully they were able to hit the reset button. we’ll see how it goes tonight against the ducks.

    • charleslouis99 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      The people calling for hitchs head are either fringe bandwagon blues fans or butthurt hawks fans. I’m a blues fan and I hope we never let hitch leave unless he wears out his welcome which has happened with him before apparently.

  8. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Blues fans have had to endure Mike kitchen, Andy Murray and Davis Payne. Anyone calling for Hitchcock’s head needs to be disregarded immediately.

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