Blues trying to keep home ice advantage before going to LA

Blues trying to keep home ice advantage before going to LA

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 30, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Kings 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / HockeySTL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 8:04 PM

(HockeySTL) -- Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said before the start of the playoffs series against the Kings that home ice advantage really doesn’t matter at this point.  He said later in the series it does - in games five, six and seven - but not early on.

Nevertheless, tonight’s game two between the two teams will dictate who has home ice advantage when the series shifts back to Los Angeles for game three on Saturday.  If the Blues win, they’ll be up two games to none.  If the Kings win, it’ll be tied one apiece and a brand new series with three of the five remaining games on their home ice.

“We’d like to take the first two here for sure,” forward Ryan Reaves said. “Going back into their building two games up is huge. It’s puts a lot of pressure on them to get the next game. Coming back with a split they’d have the home ice advantage. So we’re going to do everything in our power to come back with two wins.”

Others, like Chris Stewart, see home ice advantage as nothing more than a talking point.

“You can’t really read much into it. You have to win four games. It doesn’t matter what building it’s in. But, obviously, it’d be nice to get another win tonight,” said Stewart.

Either way, just about everyone on the Blues says they get a ton of energy from the fans at Scottrade.  Many went so far as to call them “unbelievable” on Tuesday night for game one. 

 

 

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