Blues make sure to avoid the paper sea breeze flower as Blues face Rangers in game 6

By KEN BONNER The Blues are in full panic mode as they prepare for a playoff run, but they’re also ready to take a page out of the Rangers’ book and protect their precious blue-chip talent.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday he doesn’t plan to let his team be predictable.

“I’m not going to be too afraid to play our best,” Hitchcock said.

“We’ll be the team that’s going to keep doing the right things.

We’ve got to play with confidence, that’s what we’re going to do.” 

The Blues are playing in their first playoff game since 2008, and Hitchcock said he’s been impressed by the work ethic of his team’s young players. 

“It’s a big game, but I think this team has played pretty well,” Hitchcock told reporters.

“There’s a lot of young players that have played some good games.

We haven’t played well but that’s to be expected.” 

Hitchcock was asked about the prospect of playing a team that has a history of beating the Blues and Rangers in the postseason.

“You don’t play the Blues,” Hitchcock replied.

“I’m very, very disappointed in that.”

Hitch and his coaching staff are not expecting the Blues to get blown out in the first round of the playoffs.

“It was a really tough team to play against in the regular season,” Hitchcock noted.

“The way the game was played, it wasn’t going to play well.

But they played really well in the playoffs.” 

As they prepare to face the Rangers, Hitchcock said it’s important to keep the Blues’ core intact and to avoid injuries. 

Hitching said he’ll likely bench some of his younger players if they can’t help the Blues in their games.

“We’re going through a lot.

We’re going back into the [postseason], but we’re not going back out,” Hitchcock stated.

“If you can’t take the ice and play, you’re not good enough.

We have to do what we can to keep everybody together and keep everybody healthy.”