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Blues Ready for Opening Night

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 12:01 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider
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Blues Ready for Opening Night


As I left my house to drive in to work today, I searched through the music on my iPod, trying to find the perfect song to play on this bright, surprisingly-warm-for-a-January-morning-in-St.-Louis day.

I scrolled through hundreds of artists (most of them of the country variety), but stopped on a song that caught my eye: Brookroyal's "Bleed Blue." (Listen on YouTube)

That song was the theme for the Blues' postseason last year, and listening to it reminded me that the Blues will begin the season tonight the same way they finished the last one: as the NHL's Central Division Champions.

And that got me thinking a little bit: if last year brought a division title, how much further can this season's team go?

Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is more experienced. Captain David Backes, after leading the team to its first playoff series victory in 10 years last season, will be more hungry now. The Blues are adding two young players in Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, both high draft selections with bright futures. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott will be defending their Jennings Trophy...the list of individual motivations goes on and on.

The first test won't be easy. The Red Wings have lost their franchise defenseman, Nicklas Lidstrom to retirement. But as Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock put it after today's morning skate, "Everybody thought when (Steve) Yzerman left that it would be all over, but they did just fine."

Tonight begins another season in the Blues' storied history.  The window of opportunity is beginning to open.

Enjoy the ride. This is going to be fun.


PROJECTED LINEUP

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said that Jaroslav Halak would start in goal tonight. He also revealed his defensive pairings, which are listed below. After today's morning skate, we can take a guess at the forward lines, but as always, these are subject to change.

It's worth nothing that it appears Andy McDonald is over his bout with the flu, and it also looks like Jaden Schwartz will start the season in the lineup. He couldn't skate this morning due to a roster-limit technicality, but he should be good to go tonight.

FORWARDS

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Andy McDonald - Alexander Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

DEFENSE

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

GOALIES

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott


OPENING NIGHT ACTIVITIES

If you can't wait for the puck drop, come on down early and celebrate with us. You can enjoy live music from Paint the Earth in the Scottrade Center atrium beginning at 5:15 p.m., and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. All fans will receive a Rally Towel courtesy of Enterprise, a coupon for a free 12 oz. Pepsi and a buy one / get one free hotdog, and a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase at Famous Footwear.

A pregame show, with player introductions, begins at 6:45 p.m., so you'll want to be in your seats early.

And the party doesn't stop after the final buzzer. Drink specials are available in the Bud Light Zone, located on the Club Level, after the game.

Is it time to drop the puck yet?

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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