Blues announce 2013-14 schedule

News-DemocratJuly 19, 2013 

The St. Louis Blues open the 2013-14 regular season with five straight home games, including the Oct. 3 season opener against Nashville at Scottrade Center.

A new divisional alignment finds the Blues in the Central Division with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg.

With old rival Detroit moving into the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings visit St. Louis only once this season -- the final regular-season home game April 13.

"I'm excited about the new divisional alignment, but I'm a big fan of playing the Red Wings," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "They've been in the conference that I've worked in since I started working in 1990-91 and it's one of my favorite cities to visit, such a great hockey market.

"I wish we played them more, but I get it. It's probably better for hockey that they're in the east."

Among the highlights for Blues fans are an Oct. 9 visit by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh and superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin playing here Nov. 9 and the return of former Blues star Adam Oates as coach of the Washington Capitals on Nov. 17.

The NHL will break from Feb. 9-25 while its players are competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. There are six outdoor games this season --none involving the Blues -- and each NHL team will play each other at home and away.

Here is the Blues' 2013-14 regular-season schedule:

OCTOBER

Oct. 3 -- Nashville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 -- Florida, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 -- Chicago, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 -- N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Oct .15 -- San Jose, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 --at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 -- at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 -- Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26 -- at Nashville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 -- Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1 -- at Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 -- at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.

Nov. 5 -- at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 -- Calgary, 7 p.m.

Nov. 9 -- Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Nov. 12 -- Phoenix, 7 p.m.

Nov. 14 -- Colorado, 7 p.m.

Nov. 16 -- Carolina, 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 -- at Washington, 5 p.m.

Nov. 19 --at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

Nov. 21 -- at Boston, 6 p.m.

Nov. 23 -- Dallas, 7 p.m.

Nov. 25 -- Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 -- at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Nov. 29 --at San Jose, 3 p.m.

DECEMBER

Dec. 2 -- at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 -- N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Dec. 7 -- Anaheim, 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 -- at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Dec. 12 -- Toronto, 7 p.m.

Dec. 14 -- at Columbus, 6 p.m.

Dec. 16 -- at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 --San Jose, 7 p.m.

Dec. 19 -- Montreal, 7 p.m.

Dec. 21 -- at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Dec. 23 -- at Calgary, 8 p.m.

Dec. 28 -- Chicago, 7 p.m.

Dec. 29 -- at Dallas, 5 p.m.

Dec. 31 -- at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

JANUARY

Jan. 2 -- Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

Jan. 4 --Columbus, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7 -- at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 9 --at Calgary, 8 p.m.

Jan. 10 -- at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Jan. 14 -- Phoenix, 7 p.m.

Jan. 16 -- Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

Jan. 18 -- Anaheim, 7 p.m.

Jan. 20 -- at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 -- at New Jersey, 6 p.m.

Jan. 23 -- at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.

Jan. 25 -- at N.Y. Islanders, noon

Jan. 28 -- New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Jan. 31 -- at Carolina, 6 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1 -- Nashville, 7 p.m.

Feb. 4 -- Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Feb. 6 -- Boston, 7 p.m.

Feb. 8 -- Winnipeg, 1 p.m.

Feb. 9-25 -- Olympic break

Feb. 26 -- at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 28 -- at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

MARCH

March 2 -- at Phoenix, 7 p.m.

March 4 -- Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

March 6 -- at Nashville, 7 p.m.

March 8 -- at Colorado, 2 p.m.

March 9 -- at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

March 11 -- Dallas, 7 p.m.

March 13 -- Edmonton, 7 p.m.

March 15 -- at Nashville, 7 p.m.

March 19 -- at Chicago, 7 p.m.

March 22 -- at Philadelphia, noon

March 23 -- at Pittsburgh, noon

March 25 -- at Toronto, 6 p.m.

March 27 -- Minnesota, 7 p.m.

March 29 -- Dallas, 7 p.m.

APRIL

April 1 --Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

April 3 -- Buffalo, 7 p.m.

April 5 --Colorado, 1 p.m.

April 6 -- at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.

April 8 -- Washington, 7 p.m.

April 10 --at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

April 11 -- at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

April 13 -- Detroit, 2 p.m.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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