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Blues to reunite CPR line for Game 5?

May 8, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

CPR Line

Looking to reverse their fortunes after two straight losses, the Blues might go back to their energy line tonight.

The “CPR Line” — Adam Cracknell, Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves — could be reunited for Game 5 against Los Angeles.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock name-checked the unit during his pregame presser and Cracknell spoke like a guy getting back into the lineup (he was replaced by Vladimir Tarasenko in Game 4).

“Going into Game 5 now, guys might be starting to get some bumps and bruises. As a line, you want to try to wear down the opposing team,” Cracknell told the Blues website. “Try to get it down low, get some hits on their D and try to re-aggravate those injuries or bruises.

“Just make them a little tired, and I think you’re going to make mistakes when you’re tired.”

The CPR line rose to prominence in Game 1 of the series with its rambunctious play and number of hits (Reaves recorded nine on his own). The unit was also largely credited with establishing St. Louis’ physical presence through the first two contests, which the Blues won.

Now, Hitchcock is hoping a reunion will kickstart his team — though he was quick to point out St. Louis’ 4-3 loss on Monday wasn’t just about a lack of CPR.

“The difference in the hockey game wasn’t the CPR line,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The difference was we gave up a bunch of odd-man rushes when we had no reason to, and that was the difference.

“That’s what let them back in the hockey game.”

  1. zwilhelm16 - May 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Shouldn’t of broke it up to begin with.

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      i agree 100% the CPR line was easily our most effective line in games 1-3. when they were on the ice, the Kings were essentially unable to function. they kept them hemmed in in thier own zone with solid forechecking and would create all kinds of scoring chances, plus the Blues would be able to change on the fly while the puck was in the Kings zone and keep the pressure on.
      in game 4 our forecheck was virtually non-existant the entire game, this allowed LA quick easy transistions out of their own end, thats where a lot of the Kings scoring chances came from.

      i hope hitch sees this and puts the CPR line back together. i love Tarasenko but you cant break up the CPR line to put him in, terrible mistake.

  2. nykingsfan1963 - May 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    The Blues are a big team, but when it comes to being physical and using size to your advantage, they’re not in the same boat as the Kings and it looked like they found that out in the last game. Turnovers were key, but many of them can be traced to fatigue. that’s the Kings MO..beat you physically into submission.
    I don’t think the Blues 4th line will be able to take the Kings by surprise any longer and therefore won’t be as effective.

  3. kingsforever - May 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Yes, clearly this what Cracknell was the difference.
    Oh and let’s name a grinder line like we do with great goal scoring lines. I’m sure they all scored 50 goals each in the same season like the Triple Crown line. Who cares. Next story

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