Blackhawks travel to St. Louis for first road game of season
After just two games in the first eight days of the season, the Blackhawks are finally getting into the "full speed ahead" part of their schedule, starting with their first road game on Wednesday night.
The Blues have started their season well, with a 4-2 win over the Predators and a 7-0 romp over the Panthers. St. Louis would like to extend that streak to three games with a win versus long-time rival Chicago.
With the shutout versus Florida, Jaroslav Halak became the Blues' franchise all-time leader in SOs, taking the title from Glenn Hall, a record that stood for 42 years. With 17 shutouts - a feat accomplished in just 123 games over the past four seasons - Halak is averaging a SO once every 7.23 games.
The Blackhawks and Blues will face each other five times this season under the new division format.
Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank will get his first start this season. Since the Blackhawks are currently carrying eight defensemen, Brookbank, Michael Kostka, and Michal Rozsival have been taking turns with the sixth D-man spot. Brookbank had 1 goal in 26 games for Chicago last season.
Chicago forward Brandon Bollig made history this summer when he became the first St. Louis born-and-raised NHL player to win the Stanley Cup.
Bollig grew up in suburban St. Charles, and his junior hockey career included playing for the St. Louis Jr. Blues of the CSHL (now the NA3HL). He went undrafted, and made his way to the NHL after playing for St. Lawrence University, then signing a free agent contract for the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate.
The Blackhawks have started their season 1-0-1 with a win versus the Capitals and a shootout loss to the Lightning.
Wednesday night's game will be broadcast at 7 p.m. CDT as part of NBCSN's "Rivalry Night" series. You can also tune in via WGN 720 AM radio.