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Well hello. This dispatch comes from my parent's house. Their Internet is slower than Ken Hitchcock running to his cardiologist. There's a doily on the computer. I think it's supposed to look like a sewing machine. And I don't think I can use any blue language; the machine will surely tell on me. Fiddlesticks.

As commenter Cross Check Raise mentioned below, the Blues are still looking for two points in one game on North American soil tonight when they take the ice at Anaheim. And there might be a few punches thrown as the Ducks are one of the most truculent teams in the NHL. Cam Janssen might be busy tonight, but here's hoping he doesn't tangle with George Parros who is a bad motherlover (censorship stinks).

Alex Steen is out for more than a month with a broken wrist. I can appreciate that he's a good guy on the third line and is dangerous, but people, relax. He's Jamal Mayers with a bigger nose and a tad more offensive ability. The guy is around the puck a lot, but he's not a good finisher. And even when he scores, the referees don't believe him and have to review it about three minutes later.

Ducks are a fast and physical team. Look out for Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Early sign the Blues will have a chance to win: if they exhibit a decent forecheck. If they're putting pressure on the puck and creating turnovers, they'll have success. If not, it's a crapshoot at best.

Blues played a decent game in Phoenix. They had a better start. I think we're all curious to see what kind of first period they play tonight.

If you have a moment, stop by the new kids on the block, Anaheim Calling. They allow curse words! They just joined the SB Nation hockey family this week. And they seem to have a personality and sense of humor. So they've got that going for them, which is nice. Say hello, won't you?

That's it. That's all I wrote. This is your game day thread. Punch your time card and go to work.