BLUES VS. CAPITALS
When: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Center
Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com
42 playoff appearances. 72 playoff series. 391 playoff games.
That's how long St. Louis Blues fans waited to see their team lift the Stanley Cup. It was the longest wait in NHL history - no team had ever needed that many years, games or playoff appearances to hoist Lord Stanley for the first time.
On Wednesday, another wait will end. The summer-long thirst for seeing a Stanley Cup championship banner raised to the rafters at Enterprise Center will finally be quenched ahead of Wednesday's Opening Night matchup with the Washington Capitals.
"It will always be with us, but I think we're looking forward as a team," goalie Jordan Binnington said of last year's championship season. "It's a new season, we're going to have to put the work in every day. It's going to be hard, we understand that. But at the same time, (the banner ceremony) is going to be a moment of appreciation."
"Opening Night always gives you some excitement," added Brayden Schenn. "We know it's a long season, it's definitely a grind. I think everyone is just looking forward to getting training camp over with, playing some meaningful games and trying to get some wins."
Wednesday's matchup will pit the last two Stanley Cup champions head-to-head on Opening Night for just the fifth time in NHL history. The Blues swept the season series with the Capitals in 2018-19, going 2-0 and outscoring Washington 9-3.
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HOT VS. WASHINGTON
Jaden Schwartz has 10 points in his last nine games against the Capitals (two goals, eight assists).
Vladimir Tarasenko has eight goals in his last eight games against Washington.
Ryan O'Reilly has seven assists in his last seven games against the Capitals.
Alex Pietrangelo has a four-game point streak against Washington (one goal, four assists).
NEED TO KNOW
The pregame rally begins with live music from DJ MAHF outside Enterprise Center on 14th Street. Fans are encouraged to welcome the players to the arena on the Blue Carpet beginning at approximately 3:45 p.m. Tickets for the rally outdoors are not required. In addition, fans without tickets can watch the game with an outdoor viewing party on 14th Street.
Fans with tickets can enter Enterprise Center at 5 p.m. and enjoy the Bud Light Happy Hour in the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten. Fans should be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the Stanley Cup championship banner ceremony.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as various road construction projects - including the closure of both 14th Street exits from Highway 64/40 and one southbound lane on 16th Street - may slow down the commute to the game.
The Blues became the first team from any of the four major North American sports leagues (NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL) to win a title after occupying last place overall in the standings after one-quarter of the season or more… Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Blues have 60 wins against teams from the Eastern Conference, which ranks first among all Western Conference teams.