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NHL on NBC: Blues, Blackhawks tangle on Hockey Day in America

Feb 18, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

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When the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday afternoon at the United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC), they’ll be doing so fresh off blowout victories — the Blackhawks routed the Blue Jackets 6-1 on Saturday while the Blues ripped the Wild, 4-0.

As such, the stage is set for a heated Central Division affair.

While St. Louis (79 points) has a healthy lead over Chicago (69), the Blackhawks come in with the upper hand having beaten the Blues last time out — a 5-2 win at the Scottrade Center, one of only three regulation losses the Blues have suffered at home this year. There’s also the not-so-tiny fact Chicago has rebounded from a season-high nine-game winless streak with back-to-back victories over the Rangers and Blue Jackets by a combined 10-3 score.

“We worked hard, stayed patient and we knew the chances were going to come,” ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews told CSN Chicago. “Consistently over 60 minutes we got those chances and those goals.”

As for the Blues, they put together a comprehensive effort in a shutout win over Minnesota, holding the Wild to just 13 shots while getting goals from unlikely sources (including Ryan Reaves and Barret Jackman, who hadn’t scored in 150 straight games.) The win was the Blues’ sixth in seven games, meaning they’ve now gained points in a franchise-record 21 straight home games.

Game Notes

— This game will mark St. Louis’ first national television appearance since Jan. 13, 2007.

— Toews had a goal and two assists against CBJ on Saturday. He now sits tied for fifth in league goalscoring (29) and tied for ninth in points (57).

— Jackman wasn’t the only Blue to break a long scoring slump on Saturday. Reaves scored for the first time since Jan. 13, 2011.

  1. vshehane - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Obnoxious fans vs obnoxious fans, Can they both lose?

  2. dcbear90 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Since when are Blues fans obnoxious? We haven’t had a reason to be obnoxious for about 10 years now.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      He’s either trolling, too afraid to admit his fandom and subsequent hypocrisy–or both.

  3. brockohol - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    2014 Winter Classic matchup??? soldier field would look good with an ice rink

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Can they play hockey in spaceships?

  4. jkepler2 - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Let’s just hope the Hawks. Show up. I couldn’t stand watching them lose 9 straight. I almost became a Columbus fan. Hopefully a fast-paced, high energy game with plenty of hits and scoring.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

    • paperlions - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Dropping the puck at 11:30 am worries me…I could see one or both teams coming out sluggish, especially with both teams playing yesterday and both having to travel.

  5. zoloftuser - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    How about NBC turn the F N volume up on the crowd noise…………….

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