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Blues need to ‘re-energize’ after lackluster weekend

Apr 6, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Getty Images

If this weekend was a test to see if the St. Louis Blues are ready for the playoffs, then the results were troubling. The Blues fell short against the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

“It’s a wake-up call right now, and we have to figure it out,” Blues goaltender Brian Elliott said, per CSN Chicago. He stopped 31 of 34 shots in St. Louis’ 4-2 loss to Chicago.

Elliott didn’t want to highlight a specific problem with the Blues, but did suggest that they need to play as a team in order to succeed. St. Louis doesn’t have a player with more than 60 points this season, but they have tremendous depth as well as strong goaltending.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock thinks that the team needs to use their final games to “re-energize.”

“I think we had fits at both games. We were really good for the first period yesterday (against Colorado), we had fits in this game, but I think the details of our game are probably lacking,” Hitchcock said. “We look like we’re a little bit tired, so the details that fit us so well and the energy to put those details in place are probably lacking a little bit right now.”

Expectations are high for the Blues after a superb showing in the regular season and the acquisition of goaltender Ryan Miller. They are likely to finish the season with the top seed in the Western Conference and play against Phoenix or Dallas in the first round.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    THE BLUES WILL BE FINE … JUST LIKE TEAM ‘X’ …

    When Dadoun writes “but they have tremendous depth as well as strong goal tending” I’m reminded of another excellent WC team which today I will only refer to as Team ‘X’. You see, Team ‘X’ suffered a disappointing setback last night and therefore my broken heart has now left me in a quiet and despondent mood … I just don’t have that ‘bounce’ in my step today like usual man ? Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that the NHL season is a marathon as opposed to a sprint and so the idea is to only use the throttle at the ‘right’ time. The Blues have given it their ‘all’ in quest of their first ever President’s Trophy and they may still win it in the end over Boston ? … so kudos to them for that ! However it’s also important that they don’t take any late season setback like this too seriously, as the ‘real’ show is set to begin only days from now. Anyway, I’m using the same line of thinking with regards to my own personal upset after Team ‘X’ lost last night in such a disappointing fashion. The bottom line is that you’ll be fine Blues friends, just as it’ll be fine with my own favorite team in going forward … :)

    GO TEAM ‘X’ GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bucfanforlife - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    the blues have won a presidents trophy, elvis

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do three dog night

  4. blackhawks2010 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Blues are on track for their annual early playoff exit. The Ice Hogs clearly outplayed the Blues today.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      Yep. and the Avs absolutely smoked them yesterday. They look like a team that has already accomplished their season goal.

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