ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues and the National Hockey League have released the 2013-14 regular season schedule.
The Blues will open the season at home on Thursday, October 3 against Nashville, which begins five consecutive games at Scottrade Center. Florida Panthers (Oct. 5), Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 9), New York Rangers (Oct. 12) and the San Jose Sharks (Oct. 15) will complete the home stand. The Blues’ first road trip consists of back-to-back games on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 against Chicago and the Winnipeg Jets, respectively. The Blues fan friendly schedule features a total of 15 home games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Under the National Hockey League’s recent realignment, the Blues will play in the Western Conference’s Central Division along with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg. St. Louis plays five games against Chicago, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg, while they face Colorado four times. The Blues face each of their non-Division Conference rivals three times and play a Home/Away series with each Eastern Conference team.
2013-14 St. Louis Blues Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Central Standard Time)
DATE OPPONENT TIME DATE OPPONENT TIME
*Sun. Sept. 15 At Dallas 6:00PM *Sat. Sept. 21 Dallas 7:00PM
*Wed. Sept. 18 At TB (Orlando) 6:00PM *Wed. Sept. 25 At Minnesota 7:00PM
*Fri. Sept. 20 Tampa Bay 7:00PM *Fri. Sept. 27 Minnesota 7:00PM
Thu. Oct. 03 Nashville 7:00PM Tue. Jan. 07 At Edmonton 8:30PM
Sat. Oct. 05 Florida 7:00PM Thu. Jan. 09 At Calgary 8:00PM
Wed. Oct. 09 Chicago 7:00PM Fri. Jan. 10 At Vancouver 9:00PM
Sat. Oct. 12 N.Y. Rangers 7:00PM Tue. Jan. 14 Phoenix 7:00PM
Tue. Oct. 15 San Jose 7:00PM Thu. Jan. 16 Los Angeles 7:00PM
Thu. Oct. 17 At Chicago 7:00PM Sat. Jan. 18 Anaheim 7:00PM
Fri. Oct. 18 At Winnipeg 7:00PM Mon. Jan. 20 At Detroit 6:30PM
Fri. Oct. 25 Vancouver 7:00PM Tue. Jan. 21 At New Jersey 6:00PM
Sat. Oct. 26 At Nashville 7:00PM Thu. Jan. 23 At NY Rangers 6:00PM
Tue. Oct. 29 Winnipeg 7:00PM Sat. Jan. 25 At NY Islanders 12:00PM
Fri. Nov. 01 At Florida 6:30PM Tue. Jan. 28 New Jersey 7:00PM
Sat. Nov. 02 At Tampa Bay 6:00PM Fri. Jan. 31 At Carolina 6:00PM
Tue. Nov. 05 At Montreal 6:30PM Sat. Feb. 01 Nashville 7:00PM
Thu. Nov. 07 Calgary 7:00PM Tue. Feb. 04 Ottawa 7:00PM
Sat. Nov. 09 Pittsburgh 7:00PM Thu. Feb. 06 Boston 7:00PM
Tue. Nov. 12 Phoenix 7:00PM Sat. Feb. 08 Winnipeg 1:00PM
Thu. Nov. 14 Colorado 7:00PM Wed. Feb. 26 At Vancouver 9:30PM
Sat. Nov. 16 Carolina 7:00PM Fri. Feb. 28 At Anaheim 9:00PM
Sun. Nov. 17 At Washington 5:00PM Sun. Mar. 02 At Phoenix 7:00PM
Tue. Nov. 19 At Buffalo 6:00PM Tue. Mar. 04 Tampa Bay 7:00PM
Thu. Nov. 21 At Boston 6:00PM Thu. Mar. 06 At Nashville 7:00PM
Sat. Nov. 23 Dallas 7:00PM Sat. Mar. 08 At Colorado 2:00PM
Mon. Nov. 25 Minnesota 7:00PM Sun. Mar. 09 At Minnesota 7:00PM
Wed. Nov. 27 At Colorado 8:00PM Tue. Mar. 11 Dallas 7:00PM
Fri. Nov. 29 At San Jose 3:00PM Thu. Mar. 13 Edmonton 7:00PM
Mon. Dec. 02 At Los Angeles 9:30PM Sat. Mar. 15 At Nashville 7:00PM
Thu. Dec. 05 N.Y. Islanders 7:00PM Mon. Mar. 17 Winnipeg 7:00PM
Sat. Dec. 07 Anaheim 7:00PM Wed. Mar. 19 At Chicago 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 10 At Winnipeg 7:00PM Sat. Mar. 22 At Philadelphia 12:00PM
Thu. Dec. 12 Toronto 7:00PM Sun. Mar. 23 At Pittsburgh 12:00PM
Sat. Dec. 14 At Columbus 6:00PM Tue. Mar. 25 At Toronto 6:00PM
Mon. Dec. 16 At Ottawa 6:30PM Thu. Mar. 27 Minnesota 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 17 San Jose 7:00PM Sat. Mar. 29 Dallas 7:00PM
Thu. Dec. 19 Montreal 7:00PM Tue. Apr. 01 Philadelphia 7:00PM
Sat. Dec. 21 At Edmonton 9:00PM Thu. Apr. 03 Buffalo 7:00PM
Mon. Dec. 23 At Calgary 8:00PM Sat. Apr. 05 Colorado 1:00PM
Sat. Dec. 28 Chicago 7:00PM Sun. Apr. 06 At Chicago 6:30PM
Sun. Dec. 29 At Dallas 5:00PM Tue. Apr. 08 Washington 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 31 At Minnesota 5:00PM Thu. Apr. 10 At Minnesota 7:00PM
Thu. Jan. 02 Los Angeles 7:00PM Fri. Apr. 11 At Dallas 7:30PM
Sat. Jan. 04 Columbus 7:00PM Sun. Apr. 13 Detroit 2:00PM
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Chris STewart to a two-year contract.
“We’re excited to have Chris signed for the next two seasons,” said Armstrong. “He led our team in scoring last season and is entering the prime of his career. We are expecting big things from him as he continues to grow with our club.”
Stewart, 25, dressed in all 48 games this season leading the Blues with 36 points, 18 goals and six power play goals while tying for the team lead with three game-winning goals and tying for fourth with 18 assists. In the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stewart posted one assist and tied for second on the club with 17 shots in six appearances.
Stewart appeared in his first game with the Blues on Feb. 19, 2010 vs. Anaheim and became just the 5th player in franchise history to score two goals in his debut. In addition, he posted six goals in his first five games with the Blues marking the best start to a career in franchise history. Since entering the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2008, Stewart is one of 12 players with at least 200 points and 300 penalty minutes.
Overall, the 6’2, 231-pound forward has appeared in five NHL seasons accumulating 202 points including 100 goals and 102 assists to go along with 329 penalty minutes in 319 career regular season games while tallying six points (five goals, one assist) in 19 career postseason games.
The Toronto, Ontario native was originally acquired by the Blues along with Kevin Shattenkirk from Colorado on Feb. 19, 2011. He was drafted by Colorado in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2006 Entry Draft.
The major championships are usually grinds, but for anyone playing in the afternoon Thursday the first round of the British Open proved more of a test than ever. The wind was blowing harder than expected, the golf course was drying up by the minute, and anything around par was a score to be respected.
And there was Woods, feeling awfully good about a 2-under 69 that had to give him hope his five-year drought in the major championships might come to an end this week on a golf course playing like it is in the middle of a drought.
"It was tough," Woods said. "The golf course progressively got more dried out and more difficult as we played. I'm very pleased to shoot anything even par or better."
A day that began with a near catastrophe off the first tee ended with a six-footer that found the center of the cup on the 18th green. Hardly surprising since Woods had 10 one-putts as he scrambled his way around the links course for one of the better scores of the afternoon.
He was three shots off the lead set by Zach Johnson, who was part of a morning surge of players who took advantage of easier conditions to set the pace. More importantly, perhaps, Woods has a morning tee time of his own Friday on a course that at least for the first day was set up to favor the early players.
"The guys that played early had a huge, huge break," Phil Mickelson said after shooting a 69 himself in the morning. "Because even without any wind, it's beyond difficult."
That Woods managed to break 70 in the afternoon was impressive enough. That he did it after nearly snap hooking a 3-wood out of bounds on his opening tee shot and having to take an unplayable when the ball nestled in a deep clump of unruly grass was doubly so.
"When I got over that tee shot I was (thinking), if I hammer it, this 3-wood is in that bunker," Woods said. "So maybe I should take something off it. Maybe I should hit 5-wood. Hence I hit a flip hook left and there she goes."
Woods somehow managed to make a bogey five on the first hole even with a penalty shot by hitting his third into a greenside bunker and getting up-and-down. It set the pattern for a day of one-putts that not only prevented the round from getting away from him, but put him in prime position going into the second round.
"We're supposed to get a different wind tomorrow," Woods said. "It will be interesting to see what the course setup is."
Just how tough was Muirfield in the afternoon? So tough that the threesome Woods was playing in became a twosome when former champion Louis Oosthuizen withdrew on the ninth hole with an apparent injury after going 4-over-par through eight holes.
So tough that his other playing partner, Graeme McDowell made two double bogeys and shot a 75 despite feeling he played well.
So tough that Woods was 1-over at the turn before one-putting the next four holes to spark a 3-under 32 on the back nine.
"Tiger played phenomenally well for his 2-under par," McDowell said. "Really ground it out well, did what he did best."
Playing well early in majors hasn't been the issue for Woods in recent times, though. Closing it out on the weekend has been, the main reason why he's still stuck at 14 major championships and hasn't won one since beating Rocco Mediate on one leg in the 2008 U.S. Open.
Last year he opened the British with a pair of 67s only to fade to a tie for third place behind Ernie Els. This year he was in the mix at the U.S. Open before shooting 76-74 on the weekend.
He came here well rested and healed up from a strained elbow that was acting up at the U.S. Open, his last competitive event. He also came with the knowledge gained from years of playing links style golf on this side of the pond, including his two wins at St. Andrews and his other win at Hoylake near Liverpool.
"They're so different, so different," Woods said. "I mean, this is almost - it's about as fast as Hoylake was. But there's knee-high rough here. And plus this golf course changes directions a lot. This is a totally different setup."
Not so different, though, that Woods doesn't like his chances of winning a fourth claret jug.