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03-06-2012, 05:06 AM
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Blues vs Chicago -- 7pm -- (FSMW, KMOX)

BLUES (41-18-7) vs BLACKHAWKS (36-24-7)


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At the Scottrade Center, St.Louis, Missouri











Blues 26-4-4 at home
Blackhawks 14-17-3 on the Road

Blues 6-8-2 against the Central
Blackhawks 11-4-2 against the Central




















Western Conference Standings











Team Stats and Previous Meetings This Season



Power Play
Blues -- 16.1% (23rd)
Hawks -- 16.3% (tied 21st)

Penalty Kill
Blues -- 83.1% (9th)
Hawks -- 78.2% (26th)

Goals For per game
Blues -- 2.50 (21st)
Hawks -- 2.96 (6th)

Goals Against per game
Blues -- 1.89 (1st)
Hawks -- 2.87 (22nd)

5-on-5 For/Against
Blues -- 1.41 (2nd)
Hawks -- 0.99 (13th)









Team Leading Scorers

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Blackhawks face challenge in Central rival Blues
Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent


Last 10: Chicago 7-3-0; St. Louis 7-3-0

Season series: This will be the fourth of six games between the Central Division rivals this season, with the Blackhawks going 2-1-0 in the first three. Chicago dropped a 3-0 game on Nov. 8 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis before winning the next two, including a 5-2 road win on Dec. 3 and a 3-1 triumph on Feb. 19 at the United Center -- the third of a four-game winning streak that came on the heels of a nine-game winless skid. Marian Hossa has scored three goals to lead the Hawks against St. Louis, while Chris Stewart (2 goals) and T.J. Oshie (1 goal and 1 assist) have led the Blues against Chicago.

Big story: After going 1-3-0 immediately following the loss of captain Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury believed to be a concussion, the Blackhawks have won three straight games to keep themselves solidly in the Western Conference's playoff picture toward the back half of the top eight. Chicago came from down 3-1 in the first period at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs to begin this hot stretch and then went on the road to ring up tough 2-1 victories in Ottawa and Detroit. Can the Hawks complete the sweep of this challenging three-game road trip in St. Louis? Not if the Blues can translate their recent road success to home ice. St. Louis, which is battling for first in the Central, Western Conference and League standings, is still getting outstanding goaltending from both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott, and just completed a six-game road trip with a 5-1-0 record to stay in contention for the Presidents' Trophy.

Team Scope:

Blackhawks: Ray Emery is making the most of his latest opportunity to string starts together in net by winning three in a row and being named the NHL's third star of the week on Monday as a reward. Emery has only allowed one goal to get past him in each of the last two games, against two good offenses in Ottawa and Detroit, and has helped bring some solidity to a big area of concern for the Hawks after Corey Crawford's confidence was shaken yet again during a recent three-game losing streak. Chicago beat another top Central team on Sunday in Detroit in physical, hard-hitting nail-biter. Was it merely a good warm-up to facing the hard-hitting, stingy Blues at Scottrade Center?

"Yeah, they play a man's game. No question about it, St. Louis does," Hawks forward Jamal Mayers said. "It's a tough building to win in, and we've got our work cut out for us. We want to focus on ourselves. Clearly they've been playing well and that's why they're one of the top teams in the League. It's a huge challenge for us."

Blues: St. Louis completed a season sweep of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at HP Pavilion, when the Blues won 3-1 to conclude a six-game road trip that spanned more than 6,500 miles with just one loss. They built an early two-goal lead through the first two periods, played stifling defense and got yet another outstanding goaltending performance -- this time by Halak, who will also get the start against the Blackhawks. What's happening in the net for the Blues really is an impressive development, with both Halak and Elliott stringing together top-notch performances night after night. The defense has been impeccable, as well, especially when down a skater or two. The Blues have killed off 27 straight power plays dating back to Feb. 14 and don't show signs of cracking anytime soon -- both in special teams play or overall.

"Everyone's been kind of waiting for us to fall off … 'When's St. Louis going to fall off?'" Stewart said. "We've hung in there with the best teams in the League. There's no reason to think why we wouldn't."

Who's hot: Hossa has recorded points in four straight games and has scored 6 goals with 4 assists in the past 10 games for the Blackhawks. … Oshie has 2 goals and 12 assists in his last 15 games for St. Louis.

Injury report: Chicago's Toews, Steve Montador and Niklas Hjalmarsson are all out with upper-body injuries believed to be concussion-related, but each is making progress. … Kent Huskins (hand bruise) is questionable, while Matt D'Agostini (concussion), Alex Steen (concussion), Kris Russell (concussion) and Jamie Langenbrunner (fractured ankle) are all out for the Blues.

Stat pack: Chicago has a mark of 11-4-2 against Central Division teams while the Blues are 6-8-2 thus far in the division; St. Louis is 33-0-0 when scoring three or more goals and has a 34-0-1 record since its last regulation loss when scoring three times or more (March 19, 2011 vs. San Jose).

Puck drop: Halak and Elliott have six shutouts each and are just one more away from tying the team’s all-time mark for combined shutouts in a season (13), which was set by Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante in the 1968-69 season.










Per Accuscore:

The St. Louis Blues are solid 60.4 percent favorites over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blues are favored by AccuScore simulations partly because they have a +6 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 32 shots on goal vs 26 shots for the Blackhawks.
The Blues goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.8% compared to the Blackhawks goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 90.7%.

KEY PLAYER STATISTICAL DATA
SAVES: Ray Emery 29, Jaroslav Halak 24
SHOTS: Patrick Sharp 3.7, Andy McDonald 2.8
GOALS: Marian Hossa 0.45, Andy McDonald 0.42
PTS: Patrick Sharp has a 50% chance of scoring at least 1 point and Andy McDonald has a 18% chance of 1+PTs










Probable Starting Goaltenders

BLUES


Jaroslav Halak
5'11", 182 lbs, Age 26
From Bratislava, Slovakia
2003 Montreal 9th Round (271st Overall)

W-L: 21-10-5
GAA: 1.91 (3rd)
Sv%: .925 (9th)
Shutouts: 6 (3rd)

In 3 career starts against Chicago, Halak has a 2-0-1 record with a 1.63 GAA and a .943 Sv% with 1 shutout

In 18 home starts this season, Halak is 14-2-2 with a 2.59 GAA and a .935 Sv% with 5 shutouts




BLACKHAWKS


Ray Emery
6'2", 196 lbs, Age 29
From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2001 Ottawa 4th Round (99th Overall)

W-L: 14-8-2
GAA: 2.58 (30th)
Sv%: .909 (24th)
Shutouts: 0 (51th)

In 3 career starts against St.Louis, Emery has a 3-0-0 record with a 1.30 GAA and a .954 Sv%

On the road this season, Emery is 5-8-1 with a 3.25 GAA and a .892 Sv%





































LET'S GO BLUES!!


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I don't care how he is playing, I'll be pissed if we lose to Emery.

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Definitely need our PK to stay hot and not throw this one away on special teams... seems to be our weakness against them.

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Halak has not had a home loss in the new year, and not a regulation home loss since November 22nd.

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I just realized the we play the Blackhawks three times this month. I don't wish injuries upon anyone, but at least the timing of playing the Blackhawks has Jonathan Toews out of their lineup.

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I just realized the we play the Blackhawks three times this month. I don't wish injuries upon anyone, but at least the timing of playing the Blackhawks has Jonathan Toews out of their lineup.
If you add that into that into the fact that it's a home game after a few days off and Ray Emery is playing, we really have no excuse not to win this game.

I don't usually get mad after a Blues loss this season (we're at the top of the league) but this is one game where I will rage if we don't win.

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Halak has not had a home loss in the new year, and not a regulation home loss since November 22nd.
Yeah, between the two goalies, the 26-4-4 home record is phenomenal.

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If you add that into that into the fact that it's a home game after a few days off and Ray Emery is playing, we really have no excuse not to win this game.

I don't usually get mad after a Blues loss this season (we're at the top of the league) but this is one game where I will rage if we don't win.
The one thing Emery has going for him though is that he is 3-0-0 in 3 career starts against St.Louis.

However, this is a completely different team than before.


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Its super Tuesday. Blues win 60-0 on 59 shots on goal.

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Its super Tuesday. Blues win 60-0 on 59 shots on goal.
Is it bad that I immediately thought of Dean McAmmond on how we can get that 60th goal?

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Under Hitchcock, success has started with defense from the goalies on out. The Blues have killed off 27 straight power-plays and 31 of its last 32, moving from 23rd in the NHL penalty-kill ratings to ninth.

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2012/03/06/208694...#storylink=cpy

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Yeah I'm not sad Toews is out. Tired of watching us lose to the Blackhawks even though I know we haven't lost them all this season. Still, it seems like it's too many.

YAY for a game earlier than 9:00pm. Got woken up way too early this morning, not going to make it very late tonight. GO BLUES!!

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Under Hitchcock, success has started with defense from the goalies on out. The Blues have killed off 27 straight power-plays and 31 of its last 32, moving from 23rd in the NHL penalty-kill ratings to ninth.

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2012/03/06/208694...#storylink=cpy
I really like reading the BND stories. Mostly because they don't come off as just rehashed AP stories.

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I'll go out and say Oshie has a big night..

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Yeah I'm not sad Toews is out. Tired of watching us lose to the Blackhawks even though I know we haven't lost them all this season. Still, it seems like it's too many.

YAY for a game earlier than 9:00pm. Got woken up way too early this morning, not going to make it very late tonight. GO BLUES!!
We lost to them the last time we played....on National television. We played horrible.

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I think you misread what he said. He said "we haven't lost them all". I had to read it twice just to make sure. I'm going to predict a 3-1 blues victory tonight.

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I think you misread what he said. He said "we haven't lost them all". I had to read it twice just to make sure. I'm going to predict a 3-1 blues victory tonight.
I see. I figured he just forgot to add the word "to" in there.

Here's to a win though tonight. I love game days!

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Another game where I'm not too confident going in. Hopefully the loss of Toews will hurt Chicago enough for the Blues to keep on trucking. Perron hasn't been finding the score sheet very much lately, so I think he'll net a couple tonight.

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The last Blackhawks game was pretty hard to watch. The Blues just weren't ready to play that night for whatever reason. They need to assert some dominance over the Hawks, especially at home. Its not far-fetched that they could be our first round match-up, if the Blues are able to edge out the RedWings.

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Perron usually owns the Hawks that said

4-2 Blues

Perron,Backes,Arnott,McDonald

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Please win I ****ing hate Chicago

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im gonna go out on a limb and say 5-2 by blues domination.
2 Happy Meal, 1 Arnott, 1 Perron, and 1 Stewart
Kane and Hossa each with a goal.

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Blues win 2-1.


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Cole's in for Huskins.

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I can't wait to see Cole again! It's not like he has looked out of place this year. The numbers game keeps getting him though...Maybe we'll see a few shifts with him and Pietrangelo tonight.

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We will be under a microscope tonight I feel, big game vs a big rival. We are getting way to much attention on the main boards lately.

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