The St. Louis Blues will see plenty of rivals in the round-robin games when the pre-playoffs begin. However, their return to the ice will be against their oldest rival.
The St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks doesn’t really get the national recognition of being one of the best rivalries in hockey. Some of that is more due to the Blues being a newer team, so they don’t have as much history as, say, Boston and Montreal or Detroit and Toronto.
Nevertheless, the Blackhawks have always been the main rival of the Blues, if nothing else due to proximity. The Detroit Red Wings passed up Chicago for pure hatred for awhile, but the Blues and Blackhawks will always have that history – kind of like a relationship that isn’t good for either side, but you can’t give up on it either.
So, it should be fitting that the first team the Blues will play after the pandemic break will be the Chicago Blackhawks. It won’t have meaning to it, but it still feels right that hockey kicks back off with a game against one another for both these fan bases.
The Blues will face Chicago July 29th. So, they will have been in Edmonton for just two days, or possibly less since July 26 is just the target date for teams to be in their hub city.
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The game will drop the puck at 5:30. That will also be the start time for the Blues first official game on August 2nd, against the Colorado Avalanche.
All other game times are still to be determined as of right now.
The official press release also said broadcast information is TBA. However, even bringing up that topic would seem to indicate there would be a live stream at the very least.
So, the dates are drawing nearer. There’s no better way to kick things back off than with a matchup against your rival.
Perhaps there won’t be anything on the line, but seeing that sweater opposite you always gets the juices flowing.