The Chicago Blackhawks travel to St. Louis today to start their two-games series with the Blues
We’re in the final stretch of the season and there is a lot on the line (for the Blues). St. Louis is on the bubble with three games remaining in their season. Things would get pretty interesting if the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Blues in overtime giving the Blues 93 points, the same amount that Colorado has with equal games remaining. The Blues last game is in Denver against Avalanche which could serve as a play in game.
In addition to the Blues and Avalanche playoff hopes, if the Blackhawks win tonight, the Kings would clinch their playoff spot.
At Blackhawks practice on Tuesday, coach Joel Quenneville announced goaltender JF Berube will be starting in in net tonight. Quenneville also said captain Jonathan Toews was not yet cleared to play tonight against the Blues so he will aim for a return Friday at the United Center.
Toews spoke to the media and declared that he will not play for Team Canada in the World Championship this year.
One other interesting comment that Quenneville made Tuesday was concerning Henri Jokiharju, one of the Blackhawks top prospects.
Jokiharju is a talented defenseman who has all the tools to be great someday, but hopefully they aren’t rushing him. Kids are coming into the league early these days and contributing right away, but he should be brought up when the time is right.
The Hawks have an ample amount of young defensemen who need experience and looks at the NHL level. But with Alex DeBrincat overcoming odds last summer and showing he can produce in the NHL, who knows anymore.
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- Panarin sets Blue Jackets single season points record – The Score