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Hitchcock Meets the Media Before the Series

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

HAZELWOOD, Mo. - Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock met with the media after Monday's practice as his club gets set for a first-round meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, which begins Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. at Scottrade Center.

Fans can see the entire interview in the video above, but here are a few of the highlights:

1. Vladimir Tarasenko likes winning.

2. There is no update on the injury status of David Backes (lower-body).

3. Jake Allen (lower-body) practice and is likely to back up Brian Elliott for Game 1.

4. Steve Ott is skating again and could be ahead of schedule on his initial two-week time frame of recovering from colitis. An update on his availability is expected soon.

5. The Blues are more focused on themselves, not the Blackhawks. Hitchcock says the Blues know how good Chicago is, so they're more concerned about having their own game in order.

6. If you are a personal friend (or business associate!) of a Blues player or coach, don't expect to hear from them for awhile. "Everything stops. Bill paying, calls backs, text backs - all those things just stop. You don't have time for it," Hitchcock said. "You get to live in the moment for as long as you live in the playoffs, and that's the fun part. Anybody that knows you, your family and friends, knows to back off. It's a very focused time."

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