Wednesday is one of those highly important Central division showdown games: second-place St. Louis (16-6-2) visits third-place Chicago (15-8-1). The two teams last faced each other on October 25th at the Scottrade Center.
The Blues have been very good on the road, going 7-3-1 thus far this season. Here's the quirk: they're managing a measly 2.18 G/G on the road, versus 3.00 G/G at home. It's worth keeping an eye on young Vladmir Tarasenko of the Blues, who's evolving into a dynamic scorer (14G, 12A in 24 games) and a possession leader on a team that hasn't historically been known for its offensive punch.
The scene now shifts back to Chicago’s United Center where thanks to a OT game winning goal by the captain Jonathan Toews the Hawks have put the Blues in a potential elimination position for the first time in this series.
All year long in the regular season and at time in the playoffs the Blackhawks have had a problem with closing and finishing games. So far this season there is no game bigger than Sunday’s matinee for the Hawks to finish strong and close out this hard fought series.
The Hawks can close out the Blues if they pay attention to detail and not make any mistakes especially in their own zone or the neutral zone. If mistakes are made teammates need to cov...
Anybody who counted the Blackhawks out after they went down 0-2 versus the St. Louis Blues in the opening round might be feeling a little silly right about now.
However, the Blackhawks still haven't played their best hockey. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, after each missing the final couple of weeks of the regular season with injuries, are rounding into form. The team as a whole has more gears.
The Blues are playing the kind of hockey that kept them at or near the top of the Central all season. In particular, Vladimir Tarasenko has been marvelous so far in the playoffs, averaging a goal per game, to lead the league for playoff goals.
Wipe the slate clean everything that has gone on in this tremendously well played series is now even. The series is now a best of three with each team having an equal chance to win the series or do they?
The Blackhawks definitely have the momentum thanks to Patrick Kane’s magic in OT in game 4 to pull the Hawks even in the series. There is a huge difference between having the series tied at two games apiece and being down three to one in the series. If the Hawks keep the momentum rolling in St. Louis they could skate away with a road win that they need to advance to the next round.
You have to think that with the Blues being up in games 2-0 like they were last year again...
We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
Corey Crawford at the end of game 2 in St. Louis in his post game presser said he needed to be better and on this night he was a man of his word he was spectacular. In his first NHL playoff career shutout Crawford stopped 34 shots on the Hawks net. Corey Crawford won this game for the Hawks.
Besides Crawford being excellent in net the Hawks broke a bad habit as well, giving up goals late in games to push to overtime. On this night the Hawks not only did not give up the lead late the game actually ended in regulation time.
The scoring got started in the first period in what would have to be called a soft goal given up by Ryan Miller. Jonathan Toews shot the puck through Miller ...
Although it's been twelve years since they faced each other as playoff foes, the Blues and the Blackhawks are very familiar with one another as long-time division rivals since 1970. There is a hatred between these two teams that runs deep between the fan bases, and games between them are always snarling, hard-hitting affairs.
The St. Louis Blues had a rough ending to their regular season - becoming riddled with injuries, and going 3-7-0 in their last ten games. Their six-game losing streak to close out the season dropped them to second in the Central behind the Avalanche.
But by no means should the Blackhawks assume that their first-round opponent will be anything less than their trad...
Sunday is usually a day for rest and relaxation. On this Sunday afternoon the Blackhawks continued their hard worker bee mentality and were able to grind down the St. Louis Blues. Minus several key players and with Brandon Saad a healthy scratch again saw several maybe not as well known players, unless you follow the Rockford IceHogs, step up but none more than Jeremy Morin.
The plucky Morin had a whale of a game with a goal and an assist. Morin has been bounced between the Blackhawks and the IceHogs all year and this time he is looking to stick with the Hawks and make a case for himself with the coaches to put him on the ice. Fortitude is what Morin has displayed all year whether i...
There has been little to complain about this year for the Hawks except maybe their intra division record. Their record against the central is pedestrian at 9-6-2. They had a chance to change that facing their nearest divisional rival the St. Louis Blues and seemed to have things in hand but let it slip away.
In a game that coach Quenneville will not be happy losing, he can take consolation that the Blackhawks were able to at least get a point. Still the Blackhawks and their coaches need to solve the Blues if they want a return engagement with Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Blues also had several key players out of their lineup which should have worked in the Hawks favor. It did...
Today we profile an individual who had a very successful career in the NHL and could very well become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a two time Stanley Cup champion and former Islanders captain Bill Guerin.