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Redden Excited to be Back in NHL

Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 12:20 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider
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Redden Excited to be Back in NHL


Wade Redden participated in today’s morning skate and could play tonight when the Blues meet the Predators at 7 p.m.

If he plays, the 35-year-old defenseman would be appearing in an NHL game for the first time since Apr. 11, 2010.

“It’s a chance to come back and show I can play and just be part of a team,” Redden said. “We’ve got a good team here, and I want to help the team win and have some success.”

Redden spent 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, most of which were spent playing alongside Zdeno Chara. Redden signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, but struggled in New York. He spent the last two seasons with their American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.

Now, the Blues have given him another chance to play in the NHL.

“Everybody in hockey, especially in Canada that knows his story, is really proud of him,” Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re proud of him that he stayed with it and proud of him that he’s getting a second opportunity like this. It’s nice to see him get a chance to get it back.”

Hitchcock said after today’s skate that early on, he expects Redden to play 5-on-5 and spend some time on the penalty kill and just get his "feet wet."

“He’s practiced well, we just have to be patient and get him up to speed," Hitchcock said. "He’s a veteran guy who knows how to manage his game and he’s smart. I think he’ll do just fine.”

In 994 career NHL games, Redden has 106 goals and 344 assists (450 points).

“(The NHL) is the best league in the world,” Redden said. “It’s not a right to be playing here, you have to appreciate it. It’s a privilege to be here. I’m going to try to enjoy it and try to play hard and good things will happen.”

NOTEWORTHY STATS

  • The Blues have points in 10 of their last 12 games against the Predators (7-2-3) and are currently on a 3-game winning streak against Nashville dating back to last season.
  • With a 3-point night for Vladimir Tarasenko in Monday’s 4-3 shootout win, he joins a group of 6 players in Blues history to record at least 3 points in a game against them.
  • David Backes has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his last 12 games against the Predators
  • The Blues are 20-14-6 all-time vs. Nashville at home.

TONIGHT’S GAME

All fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive thundersticks courtesy of Centene. Tonight’s game is the first Student Night and Boeing Military Night of the season. Students and active / reserve / retired military members can save on tickets by presenting a valid ID at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center.

Good seats are still available for the game, which begins at 7 p.m.

The game will be available on FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX 1120 AM.

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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

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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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