Blues Look to Get Back on Track in Philly
After a disappointing loss 4-0 loss Wednesday to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center, the Blues plan to learn from the game and move on.
Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said the players won’t just write this off as a bad performance and forget about it.
“Other people might say it’s just a bad game, but this group doesn’t do that,” Hitchcock said after Friday’s practice. “These players are invested in a lot of things this year that are important for them, and one of the things is playing well in big games. They were really disappointed in the way things went.
“The way they practiced (Friday), to me, showed how much they cared. They care deeply, and quite frankly, that might be the impetus to get us to another level.”
The Blues won’t have much time to dwell on the loss. Starting with Saturday’s noon game against the Flyers, the Blues will play three games in four days on the road. Sunday, they’ll meet the Pittsburgh Penguins before heading to Toronto for a Tuesday night matchup with the Maple Leafs.
“We know it wasn’t our best effort (against Chicago). But to get to the playoffs, you’ve got to get ready and try to move on and learn from the experiences,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “It’s a great experience for us, with the success we’ve had, to learn from (this) and that’s what we’re going to do. We've got two games back to back here to get us back on track.”
FOCUSING ON THE FLYERS
The Flyers are coming off a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center. Wayne Simmonds had two goals, including the game-winner, to help the Flyers to their fourth consecutive win.
Forward Claude Giroux has a five game point streak (one goal, seven assists).
Philadelphia is 11-2-1 in their last 14 games and 7-2-0 in their last nine contests at home. With 81 points, the Flyers are currently ranked second in the Metropolitan Division.
Saturday will be the first meeting between the Blues and Flyers this season. The teams will play again on April 1 at Scottrade Center.
Ryan Miller will be back in goal Saturday and will be sporting his new mask from Bishop Designs. Miller said that while he wanted his mask to be a nod to one worn by Curtis Joseph, the rabid dog mask Cujo used was just “too iconic” to touch. Instead, he went with more of a music focus.
Jordan Leopold, who is ready to return from a lower-body injury, won’t play Saturday as he tries to recover from a bout with the flu. Carlo Colaiacovo will be in the lineup for Leopold on Saturday.
Magnus Paajarvi looks ready to go after suffering an upper-body injury. Hitchock wants to get both Paajarvi and Chris Porter in the lineup this weekend to get the speed element the Blues are missing with Tarasenko injured.
- Saturday's game is the first meeting between the Blues and Flyers since Oct. 22, 2011. In their last five games against Philadelphia, the Blues are 3-0-2. The Blues last regulation loss to the Flyers came on Dec. 17, 2005.
- Alexander Steen has assists in four straight against against the Flyers (five assists) and Colaiacovo has goals in three straight against Philadelphia (three goals, three assists).