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Mile-high Blues

The Blues marathon of five games in five nights continues with game number four tonight in Colorado. The puck drops on the Avs home opener at the Pepsi Center at 8:00 Central. No St. Louis radio coverage, but the Colorado radio coverage will be streaming on 950 AM.

Making his 2011 debut will be 2008 second-round draft pick Jake Allen. He played in one preseason game with the Blues last year and remains fourth in line behind Halk, Elliott and Bishop. In Peoria last year, Allen was 25-19-3 with a 2.52 goal-against and .917 save-percentage. He had six shutouts in his first year of pro hockey.

Keep reading for the rest of tonight’s lineup.

The top forward line is expected to be Backes centering Grachev and Langenbrunner. McRae will be on a line with Sterling and Cheechoo. Cracknell, Rattie and Sobotka make up the third line, while MacAulay, Reaves and Della Rovere bring the energy.

The search for a partner for Pietrangelo will tonight feature Huskins. Cole and Nikitin make up the second pair. Evans and Gannon finish up the defense.

Halak is expected to backup Allen after his solid 1-0 loss to the Wild last night.

Former Blues Erik Johnson and Jay McClement will be on the ice for the ‘Lanche. Semyon Varlamov and Trevor Cann are listed as the goalies for the game, but a starter had not been named.

Game On.

One final note: there was a story making the rounds in the past few days about a potential deal to purchase the Blues being rebuffed. The Globe and Mail has a look at the potential owner. Interesting reading.

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