October 15, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) readies for a face off against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Is it cold in here or it is just me? –Simon Phoenix said to John Spartan in Demolition Man. Simon Phoenix was the villain that ruined Spartan’s life. The St. Louis Blues have become the division villain to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks will be out for revenge on Thursday night and here are five reasons for it.
5. The Blues are popular pick to win the Stanley Cup: The Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup Champions yet the popular pick is the Blues. The worst part is the one of the beat reporters for the Chicago Sun-Times picked the Blues to win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks should feel slighted and motivated by that pick. The Blackhawks are out to prove their still the champs until someone knocks them off.
4. Defending home ice: The Blues comes to the United Center for the first time this season. The Blackhawks are going to want to avenge their road loss to the Blues by defending home ice. The Blackhawks have owned the Blues posting a 32-18-4 record against them recently. A key to maintaining that huge cap between wins and losses is defending home ice. Let’s also not forget the key the “red out” campaign organized by the Blues. The United Center fans should the Blues what a real “team” home fans are like.
3. Crack the Halak armor: Jaroslav Halak has been very good this season. Halak is giving the Blues and their fan base a reason to believe in all the preseason hype. Halak has only allowed 2 goals against the Blackhawks in their first meeting this season and is only allowing 2.33 goals this season. The Blackhawks need to get into his head as they have done with Roberto Luengo and Jonathan Quick. Once the Blackhawks get into a goalie’s head there is no getting them out.