With a day to regroup, Blues face another tough test in Florida


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a stick save on a shot by St. Louis Blues center Logan Brown (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Looking on for the Lightning is defenseman Zach Bogosian (24). (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Chris O’Meara

Tom Timmermann

SUNRISE, FLA. — Head due west from what is now called FLA Live Arena on the fringes of the Miami area and you won’t hit another city or town for almost 100 miles, till you get to Naples on the Gulf Coast.

The arena sits between a huge outlet mall and a wildlife area, a collection of marshes, wet prairies and sloughs that are home to wading birds, bears and the panther that gives the hockey team that plays in FLA Live its name. And in that empty arena on Friday, the Blues got a reminder of what may be their words to live by right now: Tomorrow is another day.

Sure, Thursday was gloomy (at least metaphysically) but the hockey season, like time and tides, waits for no man. One day after losing goalie Jordan Binnington and defenseman Justin Faulk to COVID for at least 10 days, the Blues left their beachfront hotel in Fort Lauderdale for a quick practice session with a need to put a grueling day behind them and move on to whatever comes next.

“We got a nice day…

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