Happy New (League) Year everybody! The time has come where we all get way too excited just to find out what teams the Blues will be taking the ice against this coming Fall. Let’s take a quick look into what the regular season has in store for us:
(For full schedule, scroll to bottom)
Season/Home Opener: Starting the year off right with a two game homestead against the Stanley Cup Semi-Finalist Winnipeg Jets. This could be a good pressure test coming right out of the gate for what the team may look like throughout the course of the season. (Depending on free agency, we may even get to see our old pal Pauly Walnuts)
Chicago Blackhawks: While they weren’t near the perennial contender that they’ve been over the past decade, Chicago has always been, and always will be one of the Blues biggest rivalries. This year we’ve got 2 home, and 3 road matches against the Hawks.
Interestingly, 4 of the 5 regular season matchups come within the first 6 weeks of the season, then take a long hiatus until game 80 in the first week of April.
Nashville Predators: A team that has quickly went from laughable division rival to one of the hottest teams in the league. Nashville, much like the last 2 seasons, should be among the toughest competition we face all season, and will no doubt be fighting to defend their spot at #1 in the Central division (and perhaps the President’s trophy)
We won’t see hide nor hair (cat pun intended) until the week of Thanksgiving, where we go to Nashville the evening before, and then turn around for a Black Friday showdown at the newly named Enterprise Center (I’m calling it The Enterprise, you should join me in doing so).
After the hopeful Thanksgiving week sweep of the Preds, it won’t be until February that we see them again. On February 9th the Blues take home ice at 1 pm in St. Louis for the start of a tough back-to-back matchup that will see the boys in blue hopping on a late afternoon flight to Nashville to get ready for an 11:30 am start on Sunday morning (I can’t be the only one who doesn’t like mid-day games, especially with divisional rivals). This 5 game stint will wrap up on February 26th in St. Louis.
FWIW, the Detroit Red Wings will be in STL on March 21st for their one and only game in The Enterprise this season. While I would hardly consider this a “big time rivalry” anymore, I add it because even 22 years later, my dad still cringes at the sound of someone uttering “Steve Yzerman”.
Defending Cup Finalists
Vegas Golden Knights: Crazy to think that I’m adding this as a tough matchup that could yield and rather exciting game. This time last year, I’d have been marking this up as a scrimmage. We’ll see them in the Lou twice this year. Once on November 1st, and again March 25th. The Blues will make their way out to Sin City for their one and only regular season appearance on November 16th.
Washington Capitals: Assuming by January 3rd, Alex Ovechkin will have sobered up and given the Stanley Cup back to the keeper (stay tuned on this, they may have to pry it from his cold dead hands) we’ll get to see the Blues square off against an always formidable Captials squad, including the fan favorite T.J. Oshie back in town, more than likely sporting and brand new Stanley Cup Champions ring.
Yet again, the Blues will have the a mandatory dead period in January. Coming a little later than we’ve seen the past two years, St. Louis will be without hockey from January 24th to February 1st. This makes for an 11 day stretch from game to game. While it’ll be tough for us all back home without hockey, this could be a huge advantage, giving us a nice period of rest and recovery before suiting back up for the inevitable playoff run.
Speaking of playoffs. The Blues will play their seven of their final ten games at home, which could be a big advantage in the last few weeks of the season as we fight to get back to our rightful spot in the playoffs.
It should be a fun few weeks to get us through the offseason coming up.
Thanks for reading
Let’s Go Blues
Scroll down further for a complete breakdown of all games this season as well as a link to the Blues site where it was derived from.
Oct. 4 vs. Winnipeg Jets – 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Chicago Blackhawks – 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. Calgary Flames – 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Chicago Blackhawks – 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Anaheim Ducks – 6 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Montreal Canadiens – 6 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Toronto Maple Leafs – 6 p.m.
Oct. 22 at Winnipeg Jets – 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Chicago Blackhawks – 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 vs. Vegas Golden Knights – 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 vs. Minnesota Wild – 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 vs. Carolina Hurricanes – 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 vs. San Jose Sharks – 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 vs. Minnesota Wild – 2 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Chicago Blackhawks – 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 at Vegas Golden Knights – 9 p.m.
Nov. 17 at San Jose Sharks – 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 vs. Los Angeles Kings – 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Nashville Predators – 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 vs. Nashville Predators – 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 vs. Winnipeg Jets – 6 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Detroit Red Wings – 6 p.m.
Nov. 30 at Colorado Avalanche – 8 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Arizona Coyotes – 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 vs. Edmonton Oilers – 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Winnipeg Jets – 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 vs. Vancouver Canucks – 2 p.m.
Dec. 11 vs. Florida Panthers – 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche – 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 vs. Calgary Flames – 2 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Edmonton Oilers – 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Vancouver Canucks – 9 p.m.
Dec. 22 at Calgary Flames – 3 p.m.
Dec. 27 vs. Buffalo Sabres – 7 p.m.
Dec. 29 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 vs. New York Rangers – 6 p.m.
Jan. 3 vs. Washington Capitals – 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 vs. New York Islanders – 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 at Philadelphia Flyers – 6 p.m.
Jan. 8 vs. Dallas Stars – 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 vs. Montreal Canadiens – 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 at Dallas Stars – 8 p.m.
Jan 14 at Washington Capitals – 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 at New York Islanders – 6 p.m.
Jan. 17 at Boston Bruins – 6 p.m.
Jan. 19 vs. Ottawa Senators – 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 at Los Angeles Kings – 3 p.m.
Jan. 23 at Anaheim Ducks – 9 p.m.
Feb. 2 at Columbus Blue Jackets – 6 p.m.
Feb. 5 at Florida Panthers – 6 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Tampa Bay Lightning – 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 vs. Nashville Predators – 1 p.m.
Feb. 10 at Nashville Predators – 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 12 vs. New Jersey Devils – 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 at Arizona Coyotes – 8 p.m.
Feb. 16 at Colorado Avalanche – 2 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Minnesota Wild – 2 p.m.
Feb. 19 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 at Dallas Stars – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 vs. Boston Bruins – 3 p.m.
Feb. 24 at Minnesota Wild – 6 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. Nashville Predators – 7 p.m.
March 1 at Carolina Hurricanes – 6:30 p.m.
March 2 vs. Dallas Stars – 7 p.m.
March 6 at Anaheim Ducks – 9 p.m.
March 7 at Los Angeles Kings – 9:30 p.m.
March 9 at San Jose Sharks – 3 p.m.
March 12 vs. Arizona Coyotes – 7 p.m.
March 14 at Ottawa Senators – 6:30 p.m.
March 16 at Pittsburgh Penguins – Noon
March 17 at Buffalo Sabres – 4 p.m.
March 19 vs. Edmonton Oilers – 7 p.m.
March 21 vs. Detroit Red Wings – 7 p.m.
March 23 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7 p.m.
March 25 vs. Vegas Golden Knights – 7 p.m.
March 29 at New York Rangers – 6 p.m.
March 30 at New Jersey Devils – 6 p.m.
April 1 vs. Colorado Avalanche – 7 p.m.
April 3 at Chicago Blackhawks – 7 p.m.
April 4 vs. Philadelphia Flyers – 7 p.m.
April 6 vs. Vancouver Canucks – 3 p.m.