Apr 14, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalieBrian Elliott
(1) blocks a shot made by Chicago Blackhawks left wingBryan Bickell
(29) during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Game #48– Chicago Blackhawks (36-6-5) at St. Louis Blues
Game Time– 7pm Central
Season Series- The Hawks are 3-0-1 against the Blues including two shutouts in St Louis
Preview- St Louis with a win would lock up the #4 seed and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues have won 11 games in the month of April and are the 2nd hottest team in the Western Conference only trailing the Blackhawks. The Blues were one of the biggest movers at the trade deadline by adding to their blue line and it appears to have been successful. Chris Stewart leads the team with 18 goals, but the real question is how much head hunting and goonery are the Blues going to do in the season finale. The Blues still haven’t scored a goal against the Hawks in 6 periods in St Louis.
The Blackhawks should be starting Carter Hutton in goal tonight and after yesterday’s call ups from Rockford there should be a lot of youth on display. The Hawks have the luxury of resting as many players as they wish in tonight’s contest with 8 Rockford call ups. If Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane play tonight it will be a team battle for the team leader in goals scored with both of them having 23 tallies a piece. I’m looking forward to seeing as many Rockford IceHogs on the ice as possible with Drew LeBlanc thrown in too. One guarantee you can make is that Jamal Mayers and Brandon Bollig will be playing tonight to level out the stupid stuff.
Prediction-Blues beat the IceHogs 3-2 in an ugly games, but nothing would be better than a 5-0 win by the Blackhawks.
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