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Hitchcock on the ‘Hawks: ‘They just don’t give us the puck’

Oct 9, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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According to St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, his team has a slight “problem” when it plays the Chicago Blackhawks.

This “problem” is easy enough to understand, even for the most casual of hockey fans; however, it’s a bit more difficult to solve.

“They just don’t give us the puck,” Hitchcock said today, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc. “It’s an issue.”

Indeed, the Blackhawks are one of the best puck-possession teams in the NHL — a big reason they won the Stanley Cup a few months ago. (And also a big reason they rank in the bottom half of the league in things like blocked shots and hits, since those are things that teams without the puck do.)

For Hitchcock and the Blues, it’s a challenge that awaits tonight in St. Louis when the ‘Hawks come for a visit.

Granted, St. Louis has its own strengths. The Blues are big, they’re strong, and if they can catch you, they can hurt you.

Whoever ends up winning tonight is likely to be the team that’s able to dictate its preferred style the best.

“I don’t think they can play the way we play and I know we can’t play the way they play,” said Hitchcock, per Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Good strategy, Hawks. Keep the puck. Never occurred to me.

  2. r8rbhawk - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    That’s my puck baby, don’t you ever touch my puck!

  3. joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hawks learned a lot from playing the wings all those years. Best D is to stay on the O.

  4. savior72 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Blues sometimes end up on the PK with their style of play. Not a good strategy tonite.

  5. bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    With Hitch being one of the better coaches in the NHL I am hoping he can figure this out on how to take the puck away from those pesky puck hogs. Get in there Hitch and beat the Hawks..(Badly)

  6. bktomala - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    “I don’t think they can play the way we play…….” You didn’t watch the Conf. Finals or the Stanley Cup Finals last year Hitch?

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      LOL that’s too funny what you said about the Conf. Finals. The Hawks were one game away from being taken out 4 games to 1 before Toews got his head into the game and quit pouting about any thing the refs did. Detroit should have won that Conf. Final. All the Hawk commenters on this board before the 5th game had Quinny run out of town at that time. But congrats again on the SC win Hawks.

  7. leeo00 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I you would read he also said we can’t play the way they play. dumb comment on your part.

  8. comeonnowguys - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Sorry orca, I didn’t want Q fired. Careful with generalizations.

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