CHICAGO -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has a simple philosophy for how Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks can play out Sunday afternoon at United Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
"If they get to dictate, they're going to win," Hitchcock said. "If we get to dictate, we're going to win."
Hitchcock said the way the Blues can dictate is if they make the Blackhawks "stop and play." That means the Blues have to limit Chicago's chances off the rush, which Hitchcock said is the biggest factor for his team if it's going to force the Western Conference First Round series to return to St. Louis for Game 7 on Tuesday.
Since 2009, Chicago is 10-2 in games in which it can close out a series.
"When they're able to play on the move, and they're able to play on the move with transition, they are as dynamic as anybody in the League or better than anybody in the League," Hitchcock said. "When we make them stop and have to play, we are really good at our game."
Hitchcock would like to see the Blues play similar to how they played in Game 3 even though they lost 2-0.
St. Louis outshot Chicago 34-24 in Game 3, slowing the pace to the speed it wanted. The difference was Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford didn't allow many second-chance opportunities and Blues goalie Ryan Miller couldn't stop Jonathan Toews' wrist shot from the top of the left circle.
"They had to stop and play and it was very frustrating for them and we were coming at them in waves, but when they get loose on them they're dynamic," Hitchcock said.
"If you look at the series, even the last game is a microcosm of the series, the scoring chances at the end of the night are even. That's not good for us. As many as we're getting, we can't give up that many if we expect to beat them because it means they're getting scoring chances. At the end of the night through this series they have gotten too many scoring chances off the rush for us to win hockey games. We've gotta eliminate their scoring chances off the rush and drop their total down."
Hitchcock said "no comment" when he was asked if the Blues would have any lineup changes.
Here are the projected lineups:
Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Jaden Schwartz - Vladimir Sobotka - Vladimir Tarasenko
Steve Ott - Patrik Berglund - Derek Roy
Chris Porter - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Jordan Leopold - Roman Polak
Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Carlo Colaiacovo, Ian Cole, Magnus Paajarvi
Injured: Brenden Morrow
Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp - Ben Smith - Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw
Brandon Bollig - Michal Handzus - Kris Versteeg
Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival
Scratched: Jeremy Morin, Joakim Nordstrom, Peter Regin, David Rundblad, Klas Dahlbeck
Injured: Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder surgery)