Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/18/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a break in their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS A season some thought would never happen officially begins Saturday night. And the Blues are as ready as they can be to get it going. More than eight months since being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, the Blues will take to the Scottrade Center ice Saturday with just six days of official practice and no preseason games. Weve had great productive days, said captain David Backes after Thursday nights scrimmage. I think we get better every day and turn the temperature up a little more every day and guys are still begging for more and not breaking down and thats a great sign of the shape were in. Were ready to hit the ground running. Winners of a playoff series last year for the first time in a decade, the Central Division winning Blues hope to pick up right where they left off. And with both goalies and nearly their entire roster returning, it seems like a logical scenario. After the NHL lockout forced the cancellation of more than one-...
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