Blues remain dominant at home

Blues remain dominant at home

Blues remain dominant at home

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:49 AM

(HockeyStL) -- The Scottrade Center is continuing to become a nightmare for opposing teams to visit.  The opposition has won only six games in regulation dating back to last season.

A 3-0 win over the Predators moved the Blues home record to a league-best 32-6-5 dating back to last season.  The winning ways at home are thing the team quickly picked up when Ken Hitchcock was hired in November 2011.

“Last year we talked about putting work in ahead of skill and that took some convincing, but I think if you look back on it we won against Chicago and Detroit with that attitude and I think that just reinforced the way we had to play the game,” Hitchcock said.  “I think our players bought into it because they saw two good teams how effective we could be so I think it became a little easier sell because we had success right away.”

The dominance at home has continued into this year with a flawless transition.  The 6-0 win over the Red Wings coupled with the 3-0 win over the Predators marks the first time in franchise history the team has started the season with back-to-back shutouts at home.

In addition to the plus-nine goal differential at home this season, the Blues have outshot their opponents 60-27.

“I think we’re just playing pretty simple around the gritty areas,” Berglund said.  “Good first pass, get the puck deep, that’s what I think we’re doing the best.  We don’t put anyone else in tough spots out there so I think that’s part of the success.”

The Blues will travel to play the Stars on Saturday night before returning to play the Wild at home on Sunday.

The announced attendance for Thursday’s game was 16,047 which was nearly 3,000 short of being a sellout.
 

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