Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Blues Set To Open Season On The Road

For the 10th time in 12 seasons, the Blues will drop the puck on the road when the National Hockey League season begins Oct. 7.

The opener of the 82 game schedule will be at Washington against the Capitals. The Blues announced their schedule on Tuesday.

After the season opener, 15 of the Blues' next 23 games will be at home, including the home opener on Oct. 10 against Edmonton. However, the Blues close the season with 10 of 15 on the road.

The schedule includes a five-game, 10-day trip from Nov. 30-Dec. 9. There will be three four-game home stands. The complete Blues schedule is on Page 7D.

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