Opening Night Game Preview - Blues vs. Red Wings - 1.19.2013

For the first time since being eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the playoffs, the St. Louis Blues will be taking the ice.  After a huge season, winning a Central Division title, bringing over a world class prospect, and signing a big name free agent, the St. Louis Blues are set to begin their season.

Probably the best addition to the St. Louis Blues team this season will be Vladimir Tarasenko, but time will tell before we know if he is able to adapt to the smaller ice.  With expectations high for the rookie, he will have a similar cast of characters to lean on as the 2011-12 St. Louis Blues.

The Detroit Red Wings will come into Saturday’s game without the help of long time Red Wing Niklas Lidstrom.  Having retired in the offseason, the Red Wings will have to find a way to keep their blueline secure without the help of one of the best defenseman in the game.

The Red Wings are not the team they were in the past, but they have also gotten a lot younger which may help their game.  There is a lot riding on this season for the Wings and they need to prove that they still have the winning formula.

According to Ken Hitchcock, the St. Louis Blues are going to turn to Jaroslav Halak in net.  On defense, the St. Louis Blues will have the following pairings:

Ian ColeAlex Pietrangelo

Barret JackmanKevin Shattenkirk

Kris RussellRoman Polak

That means that while Wade Redden just signed with the Blues, he is going to have to get to St. Louis, pass a physical, and get a few practices under his belt before the Hitchcock lets him start a game.

Jade Schwartz has also cracked the lineup, which means that the St. Louis Blues will be placing Chris Porter on Waivers to get him cleared to play in Peoria.

More to come on the Blues roster and an update to this article.


-Alex Hodschayan

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