The Chicago Blackhawks are back on NBCSN for their third rivalry night of the young season, and the first time of the three that they are actually playing a rival. Their other two trips into the made up world of Rivalry night didn’t fair to well with the Chicago Blackhawks losing their home opener to the New York Rangers, and then travelling to the city of Brotherly Love and getting drilled by the Philadelphia Flyers.
This one of course is against a Central Divisional rival and will mean more in the long run if they can beat the St. Louis Blues who are coming off a 3-0 shut out loss at home to the hands of the LA Kings who handle the Blues in about the same fashion as the Blackhawks handle the Kings. The game tonight as we know is against the Blue and both teams even though it’s very early into the season are pretty banged up. The Blackhawks are missing all world defenseman Duncan Keith for 4-5 more weeks and will be missing the services of Marian Hossa tonight.
The Blues are missing Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny who are both going to be missing extended periods of time, and luckily for them the Vladimir Tarasenko injury was more of scare than substantial with their best player back on the ice and carrying the load for the Blues.
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So what we get tonight is a couple of teams with a lot of youth in the lineup that wasn’t expected to be playing just quite yet in the big leagues. The Chicago Blackhawks feature a third line of Marko Dano, Tanner Kero, and Ryan Hartman who were all playing in the AHL less than two weeks ago on the same line. While Erik Gustafsson has put together a few solid games for the Blackhawks on the blue line which makes you think it’s time to possibly cut ties with David Rundblad or put him on the same bus that Bryan Bickell rode out of town to Rockford.
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This should still be your typical nasty game between these two Central Divisional rivals, it just may take you longer to recognize the names of the players out there doing the hitting and scoring. Here is the viewing information for tonight’s contest from the United Center.
TV Listings– NBCSN
Radio Listings-WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Streaming– WGN Radio App
How will you be watching tonight?