The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are back at it once again tonight at Scottrade Center when they meet up for Game #2 of the their Western Conference Quarter-Final series.
The first game was a tight checking game that had everyone on the edge of their seat with some excellent goaltending from both goalies with Brian Elliott in the end out dueling Corey Crawford when David Backes scored on a flukey overtime goal that was deflected by Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Game #2 will have at least one addition when Duncan Keith returns from his 6 game suspension which likely means the end of Viktor Svedberg making the game night roster. Last season Coach Joel Quenneville pushed Keith to the limit every night basically playing him half of each playoff game when he basically only played 2 defensive pairings. It looks like Keith will be paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson once again so look for them to be on the ice a ton for the Hawks tonight which is how Keith likes it.
The Chicago Blackhawks will need to get some bodies in front of Elliott and or start scoring some greasy goals. They were putting the puck in 4 or 5 times a game in the final 2 weeks of the season, but on Wednesday night they got shut out even though they out shot the Blues by a large margin.
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The big talk on Thursday was that the St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that their philosophy was to hit the Chicago Blackhawks 70 times in Game #2, and hits was all Pierre McGuire was talking about during the Game #1 telecast. Coach Q welcomed that game plan because if the Hawks get hit 70 times it means they had the puck a whole bunch in Game #2.
It’s not like the St. Louis Blues played a perfect game, but they did get some good hits in including a head shot to Michal Rozsival in the David Backes corner which wasn’t called. Hopefully the Blues continue to focus on hitting and continue to barely get pucks on net in Game #2. The Hawks will be looking to tie things up tonight, but they have beaten the Blues before when trailing 2-0 as recently as 2 years ago.
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Game #2 TV Listings and Live Streaming Details
Game Time– 7:oo pm
TV Listings-CSN-Chicago, NBCSN
Radio Listings-WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
How will you be taking in Game #2 tonight?