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05-04-2013, 10:46 PM
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RGY
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Watching the Blues they remind me a lot of the Rangers. Yes the Blues have more offensive type defenseman than the Rangers 6 has but the overall team is similar. The Blues are really grinding out the Kings. They play strong below the hash marks and behind the net. The big difference is there is more tempo to their game, especially their transition game from defense to offense. There is much more freedom. Their 4th line has been more effective in 2 1/2 games than any of our lines in the 2 losses to washington. It's pathetic. Hitchcock trust his players a helluva lot more. And it is not like they are completely stifling the Kings, the Blues are willing to take chances with Elliot in net. They have been down 1-0 in the 2nd period but have been dominating the play. The rangers have similar talent in different areas but the big difference is the clear freedom they seem to play with. They just go, go, go rather than play a collapsing defense with a timid and hesitant offense. Kreider and Hagelin would do wonders in the Blues lineup.

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