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The 2018-19 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues will visit Rogers Place on Wednesday

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - The red carpet won't roll out when the St. Louis Blues walk into Rogers Place on Wednesday but the radiance that emits from the reigning Stanley Cup winners will be apparent.

"There's always an aura that goes with the champion," Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett said on Tuesday. 

The Orange & Blue will attempt to return to the win column when the '18-19 Cup champs get into town, all the while using the game as an indicator, of sorts, to measure just how well they stack up against the National Hockey League's very best.

Video: PRACTICE | Tuesday at Rogers 11.05.19

"When they win the Cup with the players they have, they have a confidence that they've done it and they bring that confidence to their game," Tippett continued. 

"If you don't play well against that, you're going to be behind."

Wednesday's game will be a good challenge for the Oilers, who won just one of three meetings against the Blues last season.

"If they want to call it a 'measuring stick' or whatever it is, we're going after the two points but we recognize we're going to play a good team," Tippett said.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 11.05.19

Oilers forward Sam Gagner admitted to watching the Blues' Stanley Cup run and that he has many friends on their roster. But the veteran knows that to get the W, the Oilers will need to focus on their own game.

"The resilience they showed en route to winning the Cup, it was impressive to watch," he said. "I have a few friends on that team and watched pretty closely. They're going to be a tough test.

"I know it's cliché: we got to focus on our own game in here. I thought we did a lot of good things last game, especially towards the back half of it. We simplified things, got pucks deep and went to work down there. That has to be our mindset again."

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