Game Preview: Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues 3/29/12

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

 

7:30 PM United Center Chicago, IL

TV: Comcast Sports Net Chicago

Radio: 720 AM WGN

Tonight is the 6th and final meeting with the St Louis Blues.  The Blues are coming in trying to nail down the President’s Trophy for finishing the season with the most points.  It is a pretty meaningless trophy without winning the Stanley Cup, right Canucks fans?  This will be another, in the long line of physical games between these old rivals.  Do not expect any surprises from either side.  The Blues have the best record in the Western Conference but are not a spectacular team away from the Scottrade Center.  The Blues have lost both games at the United Center so far this year and only have 1 regulation win in their last 9 visits to Chicago.  Jaroslav Halak will get the start in net for the Blues. Halak coughed up a 3 goal lead to the Blackhawks the last time we saw him,  just 16 days ago.  The Hawks are catching a break with the Blues deciding to rest Brian Elliot who has 3 consecutive shutouts but is 0-2 versus the Hawks this season.  The Blues will be getting forward Matt D’Agostini back tonight who has missed the last 25 games with a concussion.  The Blues can wrap up the Central Division title with a point in tonight’s game.  Please do not let that happen in our building.

The Blackhawks can clinch a playoff spot tonight if they win and the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the San Jose Sharks.  The Blackhawks beat the Blues back on March 13th with a very simple formula; get the puck to the net.  They blasted 46 shots on Halak and it worked.  The Blues are going to try and slow the game down and make it a physical battle.  The Hawks need to use their team speed to create plays and keep shooting the puck.  The Blackhawks will get some opportunities on the power play tonight and they are long overdue to cash in.  The fact that they haven’t even gotten a shot in their last 8 power plays is embarrassing.  Baby steps tonight, lets start with a shot or two then work on a goal. Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight who looked very good against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.  Steve Montador is back on the scrap heap after taking a elbow to the head versus the Devils.  Jonathan Toews says he is very close to being cleared for contact which is encouraging news.  And finally, congrats to Ray Emery for being the Blackhawks nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy.  I couldn’t think of a better player to nominate for an award given for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.


Topics: Brian Elliot, Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Jaroslav Halak, Jonathan Toews, Masterton Trophy, Matt D'Agostini, Presidents Trophy, Ray Emery, St. Louis Blues, Steve Montador

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