Blues prepare for Red Wings, tough schedule ahead -

Blues prepare for Red Wings, tough schedule ahead

ST. LOUIS (HockeyStL) -- It’s safe to say that St. Louis Blues fans are excited for Saturday.  Not only will it be the first game since the lockout or the home-opener, it will be against the division-rival Detroit Red Wings. 

“What other way would you want to start?”  Backes said.  “They’re obviously a great team every year and we get tested right away so we got work to do so we can hit the ground running when it starts.”

Sunday marked the first official practice of the 2012-13 season and the first time the Blues skated inside the Scottrade Center since last April.  It’s been a long time coming.

The 48-game schedule will be a lot different for the players and fans as the team will play three to four games a week instead of the typical two to three games during a normal 82-game season.

As much excitement as there is for Saturday’s game, head coach Ken Hitchcock is looking a little more down the road.

“That’s just the start.  The Detroit Red Wing game is one of 48,” Hitchcock said.  “The reality for the players is ‘my God it’s six (games) in nine nights.’  What a wake-up call.”

Hitchcock also alluded to more players getting involved in certain aspects of the game such as penalty killing and on the power play.

“You’ve got no chance to get down or get discouraged because a day later you’re playing again,” Hitchcock added.

In the team’s first ten games, the Blues will face the Red Wings and the Nashville Predators three times each and the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Blue Jackets and Wild once each.

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