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Blackhawks At Blues Morning Open Thread: Rivalry Night

Finally, NBCSN's rivalry night has a real, honest to goodness rivalry. Will the Blues gain a couple of points on the Blackhawks?

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So, Marian Hossa might be back tonight, which may make it a little more difficult for the Blues to snag two points against the Blackhawks, who are first in the Central Division... by two points. So tonight? Kind of a big freaking deal.

There's also something else happening tonight. Some sort of announcement. About hockey. Being outside. At Busch Stadium.

Will the Blues let the Blackhawks walk away with two points and spoil the big announcement, or will they use the Winter Classic as motivation to go out and actually play a full 60 minutes? Sunday night was not a full game played for the Blues. Last Tuesday was not a full game played for the Blues.Both games they got out to a three goal lead, both times they saw the lead slip - losing it in Ottawa and nearly losing it in Minnesota. That kind of play isn't going to cut it against the Blackhawks.

This is your morning open thread. Check back later on for a Lighting the Lamp from Rick, your preview, and your GDT. Also keep your eyes peeled for some Winter Classic announcement news, and while you're waiting to hear that there's hockey at Busch next year, head to Second City Hockey and say hi to our friends over there.