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Capitals at Blues Morning Open Thread

Raise the banner and drop the puck.

NHL: Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time. The summer of celebration is over, and old friends are in Tampa Bay and Carolina now. The Cup defense begins after the banner is raised tonight and Gloria is played one last time.

Who’s playing? The Blues have released the opening night roster, and it’s about as fans expected. Who’s winning? No one’s even really thinking about that. It’s not often that a NHL season starts with the two previous Stanley Cup champions squaring off, and the Washington Capitals are every bit the contender as the Blues are this season.

This is your morning open thread. We’ll be updating the site as the day goes on, and for those of you who weren’t able to sell a kidney to get tickets, we’ll have some other goodies too.

Welcome back, everyone. It’s hockey season, even if the high today’s supposed to be 91 degrees.