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‘Hawks want payback against Blues after last week’s ‘brutal’ loss

Oct 17, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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It promises to be an intense affair tonight at the United Center when Chicago takes on St. Louis for the second time in eight days.

Last Wednesday, on NBCSN’s Rivalry Night, the Blues scored in the final minute to beat the ‘Hawks 3-2, a loss Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville called “brutal” and “unacceptable.”

“You’ve got to get that game to overtime,” Quenneville lamented. “You take one (point) maybe two. You don’t get none.”

While the ‘Hawks will want to make amends for that defeat, St. Louis is searching for some atonement of its own.

The Blues lost their first game of the season in ugly fashion on Tuesday night, a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of San Jose that was marred by Maxim Lapierre‘s dangerous hit from behind on Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. The incident seemed to unravel the Blues, as they allowed two goals on the subsequent power play and finished the game out-shot 39-27 (the most they’ve been out-shot all season.)

If there’s good news for the Blues, it’s that Brenden Morrow — shaken up on a boarding hit from Brent Burns on Tuesday — will be in the lineup to face Chicago. He’ll be joined up front by Magnus Paajarvi, who will make his Blues debut by replacing Lapierre in the lineup.

For Chicago, Brandon Pirri will get into the lineup and center the fourth line between Marcus Kruger and Brandon Bollig. Pirri, who led AHL Rockford in scoring last year, will draw in at the expense of Ben Smith.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Hopefully Pirri will have enough success soon that he swaps places with Hanzeus, who while he played courageously in the playoffs with a broken wrist and torn MCL, is now slowed by two major ligiment losses/surgeries.

  2. jhaegs - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Can’t wait for the rematch. Hopefully we get the same result! Either way, it should be another awesome game. Let’s Go Blues!

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