St. Louis Blues radio color analyst Kelly Chase joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday to discuss the Blues’ five-game winning streak and other team topics following a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:
Are you surprised at the Blues’ turnaround following the firing of Ken Hitchcock and the promotion of Mike Yeo to head coach?
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised. I’m surprised they reeled off five wins in a row. In today’s game, that’s extremely difficult. They’ve played a different type of game and it’s evident in their demeanor and the way they approach the rink and everything. There obviously needed to be some fresh air blown in the room and I think that’s happened and it’s been refreshing for everyone.”
Have you seen anything in particular that they’re doing differently?
“They control the puck (and not dump it in all the time). For me…the amount of times they had the puck and they dumped the puck and gave it away. You’re judged on your play by who has it after you have it. I think the Blues were putting the puck in to battle for 50-50 pucks and now they’re not. They have now in their minds they can try and make a play. I don’t want to sound I’m banging on the former coach…I just think it’s a different philosophy. They’re not as restricted…and if there’s a mistake made, it’s not quite the same delivery of the magnitude of the error.”