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Blues won’t face any of Hawks’ top players tonight

Apr 27, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

Carter Hutton #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates in warmups prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The St. Louis Blues can secure the fourth seed in the Western Conference with a win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Normally beating the Blackhawks would be a daunting task, but that won’t be the case tonight.

Chicago has already won the Presidents’ Trophy and will play without most of their best players, including Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

27-year-old goaltender Carter Hutton will be making his NHL debut as Chicago’s starter.

The Blackhawks decision hurts the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks in their quest to close the one-point gap between them and the St. Louis Blues.

“We’re worried about our own business,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “And I think we’ve got to give some credit to the lineup that’s playing tonight. Hopefully they surprise everybody.”

This is Chicago’s sixth contest in just nine days and it’s a one-game road trip. The star players that will not be in the lineup got to stay in Chicago.

For his part, Sharks coach Todd McLellan seems to respect Quenneville’s decision.

“They’ve earned the right to do whatever they want to do with their team,” McLellan said in a San Jose Mercury News report.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Taking the Blues’ penchant for borderline dirty play and cheap shots around the net into account, I’m glad Q-Stache is playing it this way. I understand St. Louis has to play that way to be successful, but just the same I don’t want to see it cost the Hawks a valuable player in the postseason.

  2. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    The last Hawks-Blues game was really physical so I don’t blame him. I’d do the same thing. It’s a nice opportunity to get the new guys in there, too.

  3. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    ChipCaray’sEyebrows, the Blues don’t play dirty or even borderline dirty. They play a hard checking game with what usually is a heavy forecheck. How about you learn different styles before calling something dirty. Hawks play a more fast paced finesse game, Blues finish their checks and hit. I will admit skill wise, Hawks have the advantage, but the Blues are built for the playoffs with solid defense and goaltending. Please learn before making asinine comments.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      To me, “borderline dirty” mean not dirty, but as close to it as possible without crossing the line. I also said i understand why the Blues need to play that way. I apologize for assuming someone could read and understand a comment like that instead of getting defensive and tossing insults.

      Anyway, here’s hoping the Blues get bounced from the playoffs early once again. I don’t mind the team, but St. Louis sports fans are insufferable and I wish them nothing but the worst.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Hey wannabe, I’ll grant you that it hasn’t happened as much in the past two years when they actually gained some skill, but in the immediate years preceding that, they absolutely would thug it up once they started trailing.

      There’s a difference between playing gritty and finishing their checks and what would happen late in Blues losses to the Hawks pre-2011/12.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        @Chip I don’t have a problem with Blues or Rams fans in general. But I’m with you on Cardinal fans.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Cardinals fans are definitely the pits.

  4. sharkmaster88 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Typical Chicago not playing best when all teams should! Well they will lose to the 8 th seed now as the have the P cup

  5. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I could read. Borderline dirty and dirty aren’t that different, and Hawks fans act like their team doesn’t do it, when they do, constantly, so yes I got defensive but not once did I insult you. I said you need to learn. Now, with that being said, you want to talk about insufferable fans, Blackhawks have the largest contingent of unknowledgeable in the league. Baseball…..I remember in 2003 and 2008 hearing nothing but ribbing from Cubs fans. All teams fans support their team and all fan bases have annoying members. It is what it is. Good luck to the Hawks but they have the president’s trophy curse looming. PS….don’t bring up baseball until your Chi-town teams because there is no rivalry there.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      I suppose asinine isn’t insulting, is it? I suppose it’s not an insult to insinuate I have no idea what I’m talking about? Nice try.

      Anyway, what I said is accurate … even if you don’t like it. Perhaps I’m not the one who needs to learn a few things.

      I’m also not a Cubs fan, so that crap you said means nothing to me. As a third-party observer, however, I can tell you ere is no comparison between the two fan bases. Cardinals fans are easily less likable.

    • hawksandsawx - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:59 AM

      Since the current playoff format was introduced, can you guess which seed has won the most cups? The #1 overall seed, or the President’s trophy winner. Least Round 1 upsets, the PT winner.
      Read this and educate yourself on the facts

  6. valoisvipers - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    That sure bites for fans that purchased tickets for a look at the leagues leading team.
    They wound up paying top dollar to watch an AHL team. I know there are rules about keeping too many players out of the lineup in the preseason maybe it is time to do in the regular season too.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Great idea! Perhaps there should also be a rule against compiling an incredible number of points and putting yourself in position to sit your stars in a meaningless game.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        You didn’t pay for a ticket to the game so why would you care? Do you think it is right for fans to be deprived of seeing top notch talent when they have paid big bucks for a seat.?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        I think it’s right for the Blackhawks to do whatever gives them the best chance to win a Stanley Cup, and I would hope the fans are astute enough to understand such trains of thought.

  7. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Please show me one dirty play any Blue ever laid on a Hawk. The only thin I can think of this year is Stalberg boarding sobotka and then turtling when Stewart came over. If you’re a third party observer with baseball, how do you know cardinals fans are the worst? What team are you a fan of then? The White Sox?

  8. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Please show me one dirty play any Blue ever laid on a Hawk. The only thin I can think of this year is Stalberg boarding sobotka and then turtling when Stewart came over. If you’re a third party observer with baseball, how do you know cardinals fans are the worst? What team are you a fan of then? The White Sox? Furthermore, you have NO proof of any Blues player making a remotely dirty play on a single Hawk. Stop making baseless accusations. Show me a video of a penalty called. I didn’t insult you personally. I said your statement was asinine. Kings play a hard forechecking game like the Blues, are they dirty? Give me some proof.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      Seriously, man. Read what I have written. AS CLOSE TO DIRTY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT CROSSING THE LINE. Those last four words are your cue to yank the corn cob out of your sphincter and stop demanding proof of things I never even said exist.

      Jesus, dude.

  9. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    The problem with the article is that recent has shown that it’s not always true about the number one seed. The Wings in 08 were the last #1 to win it all, before that. I think it came from before the 04 lockout. They very well could win, but I don’t think they will. I also don’t think the Blues will.

    Also I can read what you wrote and I said that calling it borderline is still the same thing as calling it dirty. It seems like when a hard checking team meets a finesse team, every hit is dirty or “not hockey”. You need take a pause off the high horse and not be the a typical Chicago fan who thinks he or she is always right. Several Hawks fans have called the Blues, especially Backes, dirty players.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      If I wanted to say the Blues play dirty, I would’ve said the Blues play dirty. The sooner you accept that, the sooner I’ll quit telling you you’re wrong. When you have to start making “high horse” comments and talking about what OTHER Blackhawks fans are saying, that’s your cue to give it a rest because you’re clearly losing the debate.

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