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Home opener promises to be special night for Blues

Club will honor its history with ceremony at 6:45 p.m.

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals, Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk each had three points and Jake Allen made 17 saves to spoil the Chicago Blackhawks' home opener with a 5-2 victory last night at United Center.

Less than 24 hours later, the Blues will have their own home opener and look to keep the party rolling.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. (FSMW, KMOX 1120 AM).

"It's going to be awesome," Allen said. "It was nice to get a game under our belt (yesterday) before we play in front of our fans. To be able to play at Scottrade, go out on the ice for the first time of the year for our fans in our city, it's a pretty cool opportunity for me. I've played in minor league home openers, but this is the NHL, this is where I want to be… the building's going to be rocking and hopefully we put on a good show."

The pregame rally will begin in the Clark Avenue Plaza outside Scottrade Center with several radio stations broadcasting live. At 4:30 p.m., That 80's Band takes the stage with live music, followed by appearances from Angella, Patrico, Louie and more. Plus, fans will be able to take advantage of great food, drink and merchandise specials.

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Doors to Scottrade Center open at 5:30 p.m., and all fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for a pregame show that will celebrate the Blues' rich history and tradition. Five members of the original Blues 1967 team are scheduled to appear: Larry Keenan, Bob Plager, Fred Hucul, Bill McCreary and Norm Beaudin.

"There's so much going on in the building with the noise and everything," Dmitrij Jaskin said. "You feel it in the locker room, you feel it everywhere, the energy all around the building. I love it. I can't wait."

After the first period, Blues fans should stay in their seats for an ultra-high resolution 360-degree photo of the arena, the first-ever at Scottrade Center. Fans can sign up to be notified when the picture is ready to view at pano.ly/blues16

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