Tonight the St. Louis Blues take on the Colorado Avalanche in their first meeting of the pre-season. In recent years, the Avs have had the blues number winning a bulk of the match ups. Blues killer Chris Stewart lighting the lamp for the guys from the foot hills. Silently watching in the back ground, one Doug Armstrong plotted to snatch that goal scoring nightmare and put him to work for the good guys. On a cold night in February 2011 that dream came to fruition. In a deal that shocked every blues fan that I have ever met or know straight down to the core, the blues overnight dealt their 2006 first round first overall selection in Erik Johnson. Included in the deal was Forward Jay McClement, and a 2011 conditional first round draft pick. Not only did St. Louis hit a home run by grabbing 6’2 230lbs Stewart, they hit a grand slam by snatching up rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, along with a 2011 2nd round draft pick in which the blues snuck Ty Rattie at number 32.
The tide has turned here in St. Louis. This season the bleeding blue hopefuls have more to look forward to then they have in over 5 years since the lock out. The game tonight will be no doubt a small glimpse into the future of what this on going match up brings. With the Avs taken a bit of a long slide at the end of last season it will be interesting to see how they pull themselves up this season. Will Erik Johnson ” make us regret trading him?” I am not convinced as some may be that Johnson will break out in Colorado and be a monster Defenseman. It will be up to him wether or not he is ready to put forward the effort to be a number 1 guy on the Avs blue line. I for one will not be looking over my shoulder to see if it happens or not. There are too many positive things right here to keep my attention then to worry about that. Tonight’s game will be played at Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado at 8 p.m. central. You can find the game on Cruisin oldies 950 on the am dial. Tonight’s blues line up will look to include more youth as Stefan Della-Rovere, Phil McRae, Adam Cranknell, Brennan Evans, Ian Cole, and TJ Hensick get into the line up.
Jake Allen will get his first start of the pre-season. Allen is expected to be the number one guy for the Peoria Rivermen ( The blues AHL club.) In the years to come Blues fans will hear more and more of Jake and the blues front office fully expect him to be with the big club in the years to come. The blues are taking their time to develop him the right way and it will show once he makes it to the Lou.
Blues fans… Can you feel that energy in the air? Can you hear Charles Glenn belting out our national anthem at the top of his talented lungs? For the last few days the chant “LET’S GO BLUES” has been ringing clearly inside my head. With a Mile High Match Up tonight we are one day closer to the October 8th season opener and the road to Lord Stanley’s cup!