ST. LOUIS - The Blues open the preseason tonight with split-squad games against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 61-man training camp roster has been divided, with 20 players traveling to Columbus for a 6 p.m. CT game at Nationwide Arena, while another 20 will remain in St. Louis for a 7 p.m. game vs. Columbus at Scottrade Center.
Home Game Roster:
Spencer Asuchak, David Backes, Ivan Barbashev, Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Butler, Jordan Caron, Pheonix Copley, Jacob Doty, Brian Elliott, Robby Fabbri, Petteri Lindbohm, Steve Ott, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Evan Trupp and Thomas Vannelli.Away Game Roster:
Jake Allen, Cody Beach, Jordan Binnington, Samuel Blais, Kyle Brodziak, Troy Brouwer, Pat Cannone, Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Scott Gomez, Carl Gunnarsson, Peter Harrold, Justin Hodgman, Dmitrij Jaskin, Danny Kristo, Magnus Paajarvi, Ty Rattie, Jordan Schmaltz, Kevin Shattenkirk and Scottie Upshall.
“Now we get to see where everybody’s at,” Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. “You reach a point during exhibition games where you start looking for your team rather than looking for cuts. For me, I’m looking for cuts (right now). The first couple games, you look for who can’t cut it, who can’t keep the pace. Then after awhile, you start thinking, how am I going to build my team? When we reach the third exhibition games, we’re starting to think about line combinations, D-pairs, special teams, good chemistry, and who’s going to work with whom.”
Hitchcock will coach the home team, while Associate Coach Brad Shaw will be behind the bench in Columbus.
Tickets for the home game are available now as low as $7 at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center or online at ticketmaster.com.
Fans wanting to follow the action can get live scoring of the home game by visiting stlouisblues.com. The Blues mobile app will provide live scoring for the game in Columbus. Fans can also get live updates from both games by following the Blues on Twitter (@StLouisBlues).