Open Gameday Thread: Anaheim Ducks @ St. Louis Blues

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There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that St. Louis' Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will be nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy. To me, he's the favorite to win. Why you ask? Because in 54 games, Hitchcock has amassed a 36-11-7 record. To put that in proper perspective, the Blues' record when he took over was 6-7-0 (not tooo bad) and now they are 42-18-7.

Now lets consider another Jack Adams worthy candidate - Bruce Boudreau. I will preface this by saying that Bruce should be nominated no matter what, but he won't beat Hitchcock for the win if the Ducks don't make the playoffs. In 43 games, Boudreau's record has been 22-15-6. Considering most of those losses were right at the beginning of Bruce's reign, that's also remarkable. Like the Blues, this remarkable run after an abysmal start was done with pretty much the same players that they had when they started. It just took that 'different voice' to push the teams to success.

Currently St. Louis is tied with the New York Rangers for the President's Trophy with 91 points. This isn't going to be easy. The Ducks are going to have to up their physical game and can't afford the brain farts they experienced versus Edmonton. Bobby Ryan should have a big night tonight. If he wants to step out of the shadow of The Twins and truly establish himself as heir-apparent-anchor of the second line, he'd better show up against the league's best. Words are just words if they aren't followed up by actions.

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