Found October 08, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat, Each year in the NHL, at least one team seems to emerge from the shadows and become the kind of franchise that suddenly has “arrived.” In recent years, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Montreal and others have turned themselves around and made long playoff runs. Could the trendy team of 2011-12 be the St. Louis Blues? From the minute players, coaches and management began discussing the current season during the summer, the word “playoffs” was constantly included. “We don’t spend a lot of time listening to the opinions of others,” said Blues coach Davis Payne, whose team opens the season with a 7 p.m.(CT) home game today against the Nashville Predators. “We expect to be there (the playoffs).” continued

Backes learning on the job as Blues captain

ST. LOUIS -- After the horn had sounded and his first regular-season game as the St. Louis Blues' captain was complete, wing David Backes hunched over and glided toward a tunnel. Behind him, Nashville Predators players cleared their bench and hugged one another near a goal after their 4-2 victory Saturday at the Scottrade Center. Backes stepped off the ice and walked toward...

Blues Drop Opener To Predators 4-2

Blues forward Patrik Berglund scored his first goal of the seasonin the Blues 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators in the team'sseaons opener on Saturday night. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images Expectations are high for the St. Louis Blues this season.  The team's roster full of young talent is one year older and the additions of veterans like Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner...

Blues fans cheer Perron at season opener

David Perron exited the Blues' locker room, walked onto the team's bench, and as soon as his name was announced, the sellout crowd of 19,150 at Scottrade Center gave him a thunderous ovation.

Morning Skate: Game 2 at St. Louis

The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Predators 3, Blue Jackets 2Recaps around the blogosphere:Preds On The GlassInside SmashvilleSection 303Puck SceneHockey Night in NashvilleOn The ForecheckPlay of the game:---Game 2/82:Nashville Predators @ St. Louis Blues7:00 CT… TV: FS-TNPlayers to watch:NSH- Cal O’ReillyO’Reilly had a strong effort in last night’s win. He also had...

Blues to Honor Demitra, Korolev

The St. Louis Blues will honor former players Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev by wearing a No. 38 decal on the back of their helmets during the 2011-12 season. Demitra and Korolev wore No. 38 during their tenure with the Blues. Both players w...

Predators Will Try to Fight Off the Blues in St. Louis Tonight

The Nashville Predators will return to the ice tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and hope to make it two in a row in an unusual scheduling situation where the team opened with back to back games on the road against divisional opponents, a first in franchise history.Last night's 3-2 win over Columbus was pure "Predator hockey" with Pekka Rinne starting his...

It’s October. You Have NOTHING To Stress About.

Aloha *******.  I was watching the bottom line creep across a hiccuping Sportscenter two days ago and was pleasantly disgusted to see something that looked a lot like this: “St. Louis Blues considering offer from Chicago businessman to buy pathetic franchise that hasn’t won dick in more than 40 years.”  Word for word? No. But close. Really close. And that’s funny. Continue...

Flames-Blues Preview

St. Louis Blues captain David Backes isn't too concerned following his team's season-opening loss. A visit from the Calgary Flames, however, might make him change his mind. The Blues try to avoid opening a season with back-to-back defeats for the first time in five years Monday afternoon when they host a Flames team that swept last season's series and has routinely...

Puck Daddy chats with David Backes about hypocrisy on head shots, Shanahan videos, NHL All-Star Draft and Blues captaincy

David Backes estimates that he spends over an hour a day longer at the rink now than he did before he was named captain of the St. Louis Blues. "There are more interviews, photos, videos, meetings and secretarial duties," he said. Wait … secretarial duties? "I don't know if many captains do this, but I operate the team fund as well. Tracking guys down to pay...

Predators-Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues feel they can reach the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, but they hope the injury problems that derailed them in 2010-11 aren't already recurring. One week after forward B.J. Crombeen suffered a broken left shoulder blade in the preseason finale, St. Louis opens its season Saturday night against a Nashville Predators team looking to snap a lengthy...

Preds Double Up on the Blues 4-2, Start the Season 2-0

Photo Credit: Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images Nashville takes both of their first back-to-back of the year getting a 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues in their home opener. Rookie Craig Smith had a 3 point game and Legwand had 2 goals, along with Klein finding the net as well Special Teams: Powerplay – 2 for 4, 50% Penalty Kill – 4 for 5, 80% Best Play of the Game: 57 seconds...

Game 2 – Nashville @ St. Louis: Back-to-Back Beginning?

Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America The Predators started the season off with a bang last night as Suter/Halischuk/Craig Smith all got on the board in a 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets. They’ll be continuing their road “Home Opening” extravaganza with the second of their back-to-back games this weekend by taking on the St. Louis Blues tonight in St. Louis...

Payne focused on winning, not ownership change

Blues coach Davis Payne may have a new owner to work for at some point this season. Matthew Hulsizer has an agreement in principle to purchase control of the team.
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