Preview: Blues @ Kings, Game Three

Brian Elliott's stellar performance has been the key to the Blues' success. (Photo: Sarah Fuqua)

Brian Elliott’s stellar performance has been the key to the Blues’ success. (Photo: Sarah Fuqua)

Tonight the Blues will once again meet the Los Angeles Kings, this time at 9:00 PM CST. As the Blues take to the road, they will be trying to extend their 2-0 series lead.

Brian Elliott will once again start in net for the Blues, and why wouldn’t he? Should he win tonight, it would be his sixth consecutive win and his 13th in his last 15 games. (@STLBluesWriter) In the previous two games of this series, Elliott has allowed a total of two goals.

In this morning’s practice, the Blues utilized the same forward lines and defensive pairings as they did in games one and two. (@lkorac10) One can hardly question the wisdom of this seeing as that very same line up has proven itself able to find new and exciting ways to win these tightly contested games vs. the Kings.

The Kings’ probable line up (In the Slot) is as follows:

Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams

Dwight King-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter

Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr-Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin-Slava Voynov

Rob Scuderi-Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick gets the start in goal; Jonathan Bernier is the backup.

We all know that Ken Hitchcock is incredibly quotable, but this newest Hitchism may well be my favorite. When asked about the problem with the Blues’ powerplay (They are 1-for-9 in this series.), he said:

I would say ‘PP’ execution, which doesn’t mean power play, it means something else, another two words.

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