Blackhawks Trying Not To Hear The Blues

By Keith Schultz

Feb 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) reacts to scoring the game winning goal against Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35) during overtime at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime. The Blackhawks set an NHL record for scoring at least one point in 19 consecutive games to open a season. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Game #20– Chicago Blackhawks (16-0-3) vs St Louis Blues (10-6-2)

TV– CSN-Chicago FS-Midwest

Radio-WGN Radio

Game Time– 7:00 pm Central Time

Season Series– The Hawks lead 1-0 after beating the Blues in Chicago 3-2 on January 22.

Preview– The Blues and Blackhawks have one thing in common and that’s playing one goal games.  The Blues are 2-2 in their last four games all which are one goal games while the Hawks are 10-0-3 in one goal games.  Some sort of trend will end tonight in St Louis with the Hawks 8-0-2 on the road this season but they are also 2-5 in their last seven in St Louis. Jaroslav Halak is 1-0-1 since returning from injury, and he has owned the Hawks in St Louis going 3-0-0 last year.

As everyone knows the Hawks have the record for games without a regulation loss to start the season at 19 going for 20 tonight.  The Hawks are also at 25 games combined between seasons with 35 games as the all-time mark.  The Hawks are winning by the skin of their teeth but winning close games is the making of a champion.  The truly great part of the streak is the solid play from both Ray Emery and Corey Crawford.  It’s a great one two punch this year.

Prediction– This has all the markings of a streak buster but this isn’t your old Blackhawks so this is a hard one to call. As much as I’m rooting for the Hawks to win I think they fall 3-1 in St Louis.. I hope I’m wrong!