ST. LOUIS - A six-day training camp, no preseason games and six games in nine days to start the regular season would seem to be a tough situation for teams to face as the NHL schedule kicks off on Saturday.
The St. Louis Blues feel it plays right into their hands.
A team that returns their coach, both goalies, virtually their entire lineup from last year and the momentum from winning their first playoff series in a decade, the Blues figure they wont have the growing pains that others might endure early in the season.
I think were in a good spot, coach Ken Hitchcock said. I think were in a real good spot. What we do with it is up to us, but mentally I think were in a good spot. Were not making a lot of changes to our system, we think we have a good way to play and were just going to keep building on it and hopefully we can get going right away.
A big reason the Blues are excited about competing within a condensed 48-game schedule in barely three months is because of returning net...