One player who didn't face his childhood team growing up — Matthew Tkachuk, son of former Blues great Keith Tkachuk — will get the chance tonight in his hometown.
Matthew Tkachuk, the sixth pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, will be on the opposite bench and suit up for the Flames against the team whose locker room he spent many childhood days running around with younger brother Brady.
"It means a lot," Tkachuk said. "I looked at the schedule before the year and I really, really wanted to play (in this game). The fact that I'm here and being able to play at this level and play in this game is special.
"I've got a lot of friends and family, my parents and sister (Taryn) and all that. It's going to be a fun game for them I know for sure. For me, it's to just go out there and try to put on a good show for everybody that's coming, but most importantly, just help out the team.
"I've skated on this ice a lot more than a lot of people have. To be back here, it's definitely cool."
Tkachuk, who will have many in attendance, including his mother Chantal and former AAA Blues coach Jordan Janes in attendance, is trying to downplay his return to his hometown, but it will be tough.
"I'm just not trying to think about it too much," he said. "I think it'll be pretty cool for my parents and my family to kind of see that. For me, it's just kind of take it as it comes out there and I'll just try to enjoy that.
"It's crazy. I remember watching warmups here whenever my dad played at home. Just itching to watch some NHL hockey and the fact that I'm here and there's kids that are watching me and stuff like that is pretty cool.
"I'm going to be honest, I never really envisioned myself on the other side of the rink. I think tonight will be something I haven't really thought of in depth recently. I just wanted to get to this point and if I got to this point, try to do everything I can to be successful."
Tkachuk, a healthy scratch the past two games, will soak it all in at gametime.
"It's going to be crazy," he said. "I think it's going to have to take a couple minutes to start, maybe the warmups, just to settle in that this is happening. I have a feeling that I'm going to catch myself throughout the game being like, 'Wow, this is really happening right now.'
"... I'm trying to not look at my phone too much today."