Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bluenotes: Amid Scoring Drought, Hitchcock Promises Some Tweaks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bluenotes: Amid Scoring Drought, Hitchcock Promises Some Tweaks

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With the Blues' offense having clicked into binary mode, with 1's in four of the past five games, change is inevitable, both in the arrangement of personnel and their positioning.

Even though the team didn't lack for scoring chances and was done in by an inability to put the puck in the net, coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't want to stay with the status quo. The Blues had an optional skate Friday, so how their lines will be arranged for Saturday night's game with the Kings isn't known, but Hitchcock promised some tweaks and some changes to the team's approach.

"We've played awful well in four of the last five games and haven't won some of them," Hitchcock said. "To me, it's about winning. When you look at the trend from the last four or five games, we have to look at tweaking a little bit. We have to make some subtle changes to help the players have success for all the work they're putting in. They're working hard, they're creating a lot of good parts of our game, but at the end of the day, we just have to help them a little bit in getting the reward for the work they're putting in. We looked at it hard yesterday, we looked hard at it again this morning. We think we've got to tweak a few things and help them along."

The Blues are 1-2-2 in their past five games, and of the 10 goals they've scored in those five games, six were last Saturday in Calgary. Otherwise, the Blues have four games where they have scored just one goal and have still managed to get two points from those games. Their only two goals in the past two games have come from defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, so by game time Saturday, it will have been a week since a forward scored. One of the things Hitchcock wants to see is bodies in front of the net, not to look for tips but just to make it tougher on the opposing goalie.

"I don't think we have traffic at the net for the shooter," Hitchcock said. …

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