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The St. Louis Blues really surprised the NHL yesterday with the abrupt firing of head coach Davis Payne, and his replacement with former Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock, who had been rumored to possibly re-take command in Columbus instead. While there will certainly be questions about Hitch's long-term viability (he tends to burn out his teams after a few years), I think we should have little doubt that he'll make the Blues a much tougher team to play against in the short term, dare I say, a little more Predator-like?

All eyes will on St. Louis over the next couple weeks, as the Blues open a five-game homestand tomorrow night against Chicago (their next game against the Preds is in Nashville on December 17). One has to wonder if there may be a few player moves as a result of this coaching change, too. But for now, enjoy your morning hockey notes...

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