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ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 8: Ryan Reaves #75 of the St. Louis Blues and Zack Stortini #21 of the Nashville Predators square off for a fight at Scottrade Center on October 8, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 8: Ryan Reaves #75 of the St. Louis Blues and Zack Stortini #21 of the Nashville Predators square off for a fight at Scottrade Center on October 8, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
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The dreams of an 82-0 season are ruined. It looks like we'll just have to settle for 81-1.

After Saturday's disappointing loss, the Blues remain at home for a "holiday" matinee. While most normal people have to work on this Columbus Day, the Blues will be playing at 1 p.m. local time.

The Calgary Flames (0-1) are also in town, and it's always fun to have a home game that's not Nashville or Columbus. Calgary is a team full of old guys who may or may not be past prime age. Jarome Iginla is still good, Miikka Kiprusoff is probably not.

The Flames are a much different team than the Predators—they don't play defense for 60 minutes. The Blues should be able to get some shots off today without having to navigate through traffic. And yes, Kipper is not as good as Pekka Rinne.

Things to watch, bullets style:

  • Kent Huskins should make his debut in place of the injured Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Nikita Nikitin seem to polarize the crowd with his Game 1 showing. Some thought his offensive game made up for his defensive lapses, while others thought his defensive lapses overshadowed his offensive game. Hopefully he has a more complete game today.
  • The SOB Line (Chris Stewart, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund) was the best in the opener. They could really destroy a bad team like Calgary.
  • Jaroslav Halak has to control rebounds. It seemed like every shot was bouncing off him on Saturday. He faced 15 shots and gave up three goals—that's not good. Jaro has to play better.
  • The Blues looked like a team playing the first game of the season on Saturday. Hopefully the second game is a much more cohesive game.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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