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Homecoming game for 2 Blues

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 5:33 PM

By Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

Saturday night's game will be a homecoming of sorts for Blues center Scot Nichol and defenseman Kent Huskins, a pair of ex-Sharks. Meanwhile, Sharks fourth-line forward Brad Winchester will face his former team.

Nichol is known as an agitator, and he said that won't change, even against his former teammates. Nichol spent the last two season in San Jose.

"That's my game," Nichol said. "Everyone has a role. You just play hard in between whistles. It's always nice to come in and have a good game and be successful coming into your old rink. We'll just see how it goes. I made some great friends over the last couple years here, but it's sports and it's a job."

Huskins, who also played the previous two seasons with the Sharks, is skating on the first defensive pair with Alex Pietrangelo.

"I enjoyed my time here," Huskins said. "I felt like I learned a lot as a player. Went through some tough things injury-wise, but in the long run, overcoming that kind of makes you a stronger person. I'm looking to kind of bring that to the table in St. Louis. I'm really excited to be here now with this group."

Winchester said he had a "lot of memories" from his time in St. Louis.

"It's a tight-knit group in that locker room. We went through a lot with that playoff run a few years ago," Winchester said. "Certainly with the coaching change and all of that, there were some really good times there. Still, I'm tight with a lot of those guys in the room, and the city of St. Louis, a fantastic place."

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild