Blues geared up, ready to go into preseason games

News-DemocratSeptember 14, 2013 

— After only three days of training camp, the St. Louis Blues crank things up against another opponent Sunday night for the exhibition opener at Dallas.

One of their best lines so far in camp has been Patrik Berglund centering Vladimir Tarasenko and Magnus Paajarvi, and all three are in the opening night lineup.

"It's nice to play with them," said Paajarvi, a young winger who was traded to the Blues by the Edmonton Oilers. "You can't try to be someone else, you've got to be yourself. I'm going to do what I'm good at and try to bring that to the table and (they will) too."

Treated to an excited overflow crowd Saturday during practice sessions at the St. Louis Outlet Mall's Ice Zone, the Blues will go from workouts and drills to facing another NHL team.

"It's the same anticipation you get before every season," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. "You get so geared up, the first day is testing, and everything is exciting and you've got that competition the first few days of camp. You want to get off on the right foot and get your timing and everything."

Sunday's lineup

Forwards: Berglund, Paajarvi, Tarasenko, Chris Porter, Adam Cracknell, Keith Aucoin, Ryan Reaves, Maxim Lapierre, Sergey Andronov, Zach Pochiro, Ryan Tesink and Sebastian Wannstrom.

Defense: Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ian Cole, Roman Polak, Joel Edmundson and Jani Hakanpaa.

Goalies: Jake Allen and Jordan Binnington.

Training camp schedule

All training camp practices are free and open to the public, but dates and times are subject to change:

Today

at St. Louis Outlet Mall

Practice (game roster), 10 a.m.

Scrimmage (non-game roster), 11:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 16

at Scottrade Center

Group B-11 a.m.; Group A-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

at Scottrade Center

Group B-11 a.m.; Group A-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

at Scottrade Center

Practice (game roster), 10 a.m.; practice (non-game roster, 10:45 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19

at Scottrade Center

Group A-11 a.m.; Group B-1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

at Scottrade Center

Practice (game roster), 10 a.m.; practice (non-game roster), 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21

at Scottrade Center

Practice (game roster), 10 a.m.; practice (non-game roster), 11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 23

at Scottrade Center

Practice, noon

Tuesday, Sept. 24

at Scottrade Center

Practice, noon

Wednesday, Sept. 25

at Scottrade Center

Practice (game roster), 10 a.m.; practice (non-game roster), 11 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26

at Scottrade Center

Practice, noon

Friday, Sept. 27

at Scottrade Center

Practice (game roster), 10 a.m.; practice (non-game roster), 11 a.m.

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

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