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The St. Louis Blues are looking to make it two in a row.

The Blues were first in the Western Conference when the coronavirus pandemic forced the NHL to suspend the regular season on March 12. While the offense lacks true star power, the Blues play a defense-first game that saw them take home the Cup in 2019.

St. Louis will have to do a better job of putting pucks on the net, a challenge for star forward Vladimir Tarasenko who is back in after a serious shoulder injury took him out in October.

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QUICKLOOK

Division: Central (1st)

Record: 42-19-10

Coach: Craig Berube

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ROSTER

Forwards: 

Ivan Barbashev, Sammy Blais, Tyler Bozak, Troy Brouwer, Jacob de la Rose, Klim Kostin, Jordan Kyrou, Mackenzie MacEachern, Ryan O'Reilly, David Perron, Austin Poganski, Zach Sanford, Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Oskar Sundqvist, Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas

Defensemen: 

Robert Bortuzzo, Vince Dunn, Justin Faulk, Carl Gunnarsson, Niko Mikkola, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Derrick Pouliot, Marco Scandella, Jake Walman

Goaltenders: 

Jake Allen, Jordan Binnington, Ville Husso

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SCHEDULE

The Blues will play a three-game round-robin at Rogers Place in Edmonton to determine seeding in the First Round. They will take on the Colorado Avalanche on Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. EDT, then face the Vegas Golden Knights on Aug. 6, and finish with a game against the Dallas Stars on Aug. 9.

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St. Louis Cardinals COVID-19 outbreak stems from a trip to the casino

NEW YORK - JUNE 14: A general view of the St. Louis Cardinals dugout during the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)

As suggested by former MLB player Jerry Hairston, Jr., the Cardinals COVID-19 outbreak all stems from a trip to a casino

The St. Louis Cardinals are just the latest MLB team to suffer at the hands of a coronavirus outbreak, which forced their weekend games against the Milwaukee Brewers to be cancelled and puts their upcoming series vs the Detroit Tigers in jeopardy. The Cards have at least seven known members of the organization who have tested positive, and its widely expected that there are more on the way.

MLB had enacted strict protocol dissuading players and staff from engaging in any extracurricular activities outside of the essentials. However, the Cardinals now become the second team to disregard that recommendation.

Rob Manfred and MLB are enacting stricter rules to ensure such outbreaks don’t continue

At least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino, as @TheRealJHair 1st suggested. MLB has since tightened its rule on leaving the team hotel from very strongly discouraged to not allowed. Cards Covid count going into today: 3 players, 4 staff

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 3, 2020

Major League Baseball has had far more trouble than their competitors in the NBA and NHL thus far in keeping players healthy, though that’s not entirely surprising since MLB is not played in a properly-managed bubble. By forcing teams to travel across the country, baseball has allowed this semblance of normalcy to cloud their judgement. Every public appearance is a threat, even with a mask on. There’s no way to ensure the safety of hundreds of people if they’re allowed to freely move about.

The Cardinals now join the Miami Marlins in a discouraged club of teams that have broken the rules, and had it come back to bite them. The Marlins reportedly attended a club in Atlanta, leading to what can only be described as a severe outbreak, with at least 19 members of the organization testing positive for COVID-19 as a result. The Cardinals’ consequences, while serious, will hopefully not reach that level.

The success of the 2020 MLB season depends on player cooperation, and thus far they’ve been lacking.

Next: Jerry Hairston Jr. claims Cardinals players went to Casino before coronavirus spread

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