(KSDK Sports) -- Blues fans appear to be ready to begin the new, yet shortened NHL season. Nearly 10,000 packed the Scottrade Center on Thursday night to see the second of two team scrimmages.

The Central Division champions had 109 points last season, tied for second-best overall in the NHL and the second-best finish in franchise history. A roster that lacks star power but is well-balanced with two top goalies is virtually unchanged heading into the 48-game season.

Our own Frank Cusumano thinks the shortened season could favor the Blues, for three distinct reasons.

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