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Blues waiting and readying for Blackhawks

Feb 27, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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If the Chicago Blackhawks are ever going to lose a game in regulation, Thursday night in St. Louis is as likely a night as any.

While Chicago extended its points streak to 19 game with a 3-2 overtime victory over Edmonton on Monday, the Blues haven’t played since Saturday when they beat Columbus, 2-1. In the meantime, St. Louis has been practicing. Hard.

The Blues also have a healthy starting goalie in Jaroslav Halak. The 27-year-old has been very good since returning from a groin injury, surrendering just two goals on 40 shots (.950 save percentage) in two games.

“It would be great [to beat the Blackhawks],” Blues defenseman Ian Cole said Tuesday. “First and foremost, we have to get two points any way we can. Would we rather go out, dominate them and impose our will on them and show we can be a really elite team like they are? Absolutely.

“But they’re obviously a good team. They’re not going to let us step on the ice and beat the (heck) out of them. It’ll be a little harder than that.”

St. Louis is a disappointing 4-4-1 at the Scottrade Center this season. In 2011-12, the Blues’ home record was a dominant 30-6-5 (only Detroit won more games at home), and that’s something they’d like to get back to.

“I think just getting the feeling of winning again is going to do wonders for us at home now,” coach Ken Hitchcock said of his team, which is 4-1-1 in its last six games.

The Blues do, however, have injury concerns after forwards Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen were hurt during Tuesday’s practice. It’s not clear yet how serious those injuries are.

If it’s not St. Louis that gives Chicago its first regulation loss of the season, the Blackhawks host Columbus Friday and are in Detroit Sunday afternoon (on NBC).

  1. 22bju - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Everybody ready for this?

    Blackhawks will lose Thursday in St. Louis, despite McDonald and Steen being out. Top line of Backes, Oshie, and Perron will see this one through. Backes might even get a chance to drop the gloves with Toews, for a captain v. captain bout!!

  2. comeonnowguys - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    1-0 trapfest incoming!

  3. bcsteele - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Blues fan, and unless our top line and Halak have a Stellar game I’m not sure if we’ll be able to stop the Hawks. As much as it pains me they are on fire and we have a mess of depth scoring injuries now. The first game we had with these guys was close all the way through and we were healthly.

    However, we do have two wild cards. First, is defensive scoring. If Kevin and Alex step up even more it would seriously help us out. The second is Halak. Like some goalies out there, if he has one of those nights where he just says no then that’s it. Hopefully this game is one of those nights.

    Either way it should still be a good game!

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