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Hitchcock ‘wants to try’ moving Backes to right wing

Mar 15, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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Things have been going well for the St. Louis Blues lately, but that won’t stop coach Ken Hitchcock from tinkering.

Hitchcock’s latest idea is to move center and captain David Backes to right wing. As Jeremy Rutherford of The Post-Dispatch shares, the coach wants to take advantage how his players can take faceoffs and how intelligent they are.

“I want to try it,” Hitchcock said. “What’s happened in the (past) is that Backes takes all the faceoffs on the right, but he stayed at center. So now when [Alex] Steen takes the faceoffs on the left, I want him to stay at center. I want to see these guys be able to read off each other more.”

Hitchcock went on to say that he wants to maximize what he can get out of the line of Backes, Alex Steen, and Jaden Schwartz. Meanwhile, the Blues have won six of the past seven games and are scoring just over three goals per game over that span.

Backes’ line with Steen is one that they expect to do damage in the postseason. Getting them more opportunities, and perhaps more a bit more chemistry, ahead of the playoffs is something Hitchcock wants to do.

  1. 19to77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Backes, Steen, Oshie and Schwartz are all centres who can be played at wing. Exploring the potential combinations will only result in more options for Hitch come playoff time. Centre depth is worth its weight in gold in the postseason, so giving Steen a look may pay off down the road. Plus, Backes is a great winger. Scored 31 goals playing mostly wing. Twice!

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