St. Louis Blues wave to the fans after game 5 of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center. The Blues won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (US PRESSWIRE)

Hockey Is Back At Scottrade


Almost 6,000 St. Louis Blues fans attended the first day of training camp today at the Scottrade Center. If you were wondering how badly the lockout would affect St. Louis, you may now have your answer. Blues fans are apparently very forgiving. After today’s practice, fans gave a standing ovation to the players, who in turn, saluted the crowd by raising their sticks. Fans will get to participate in a Q&A session later today with the entire team. Certainly a good way to start things off.

According to Andy Strickland via Twitter, during today’s practice, Jaroslav Halak got run into then took a puck to the mask. Before anybody freaks out, Halak is NOT hurt. He responded  by taking a hard shot at the glass. This kind of stuff is good. Games are going to be really choppy, and the sooner players (especially goalies) get used to it, the better.

Training camp will last until Friday, the day before the Blues open up their season against the Detroit Red Wings. Ken Hitchcock said last week that six days of practice will be plenty of time to prepare his team for the start of the 2013 campaign. He also said that any momentum the team had obtained from last year’s playoff appearance is now gone (this shouldn’t shock anyone). It will be Hitchcock’s job to make sure this team doesn’t get too high, or too low. With an average of about four games per week (St. Louis plays five in the first week) it will be important to move on from losses, and not get too wrapped up in wins. It all starts this Saturday.

The 2013 schedule was officially released last night. If you missed it on our home page, here’s the link: 2013 schedule

Like they did after the last lockout, St. Louis will open up the season against Detroit at home. Their longest home stand is four games long, while their longest road trip will be five games. The Blues will play seven games in January (three at home), 12 in February (seven at home), 14 in March (six at home), and 15 games in April (eight at home).

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