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Get your game notes: Blues at Blackhawks

Apr 23, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

Ryan Miller, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the St. Louis Blues starting at 9 :30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Chicago won its 2014 home playoff debut with its Game 3 victory; the Blackhawks held an 11-2 postseason record at United Center en route to winning the Stanley Cup last season. Chicago has now won five straight home games and eight of its last nine in the Windy City since Mar. 16 of the regular season. The Blues have now lost six of their last eight road games dating back to Mar. 19 of the regular season.

— After surrendering a third-period lead in Games 1 and 2 – losing both games in overtime – Chicago hung on to its 1-0 third-period lead in Game 3 and sealed the victory with an empty-net goal by Marcus Kruger, his fourth career postseason goal and first point of the series. With the win, the Blackhawks snapped a six-game postseason losing streak to the Blues, getting their first playoff victory over St. Louis since April 18, 2002. It was also the Blackhawks’ first home playoff win over the Blues in their last five tries dating back to a victory on Apr. 26, 1992.

— The Blackhawks have been outshot in all three games in this series: by 10 shots in Game 1 (52-42), three in Game 2 (31-28) and nine in Game 3 (34-25). On the season the Blackhawks outshot their opponents by an average of just less than six shots/game (5.9). During its playoff run last season, Chicago outshot its opponents in 15 of the 23 games and won 12 of those 15 games.

— The shutout by the Blackhawks in Game 3 was their first in 22 postseason games; their last shutout was in Game 4 of the first round last season, May 7 at Minnesota, by a score of 3-0.

— St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has tallied one goal and three assists in the series (leads team in points) which equals his totals from 15 previous career postseason games. The Blues’ three leading scorers in the regular season – Alex Steen (62 pts.), T.J. Oshie (60 pts.) and David Backes (57 pts.) – have tallied a total of two points (1G-1A) in this series. Oshie and Backes have each missed one game due to injuries.

— Chicago has gone 0/8 on the power play in the last two games and is now 1/14 (7.1%) in the series. During the regular season the Blackhawks were the 10th-best PP team in the league (19.5%). Dating back to April 6th of the regular season, the Blackhawks are now 1/25 (4.0%) with the man advantage in their last 7 games. The Blackhawks went 8/70 (11.4%) on the power play in the playoffs last season.

— Corey Crawford made 34 saves to earn his third career playoff shutout in Game 3. The ‘Hawks netminder is 17-9 in the last two postseasons and 22-17 for his career.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored his seventh postseason game-winning goal in Game 3, moving him one behind Jeremy Roenick for the Chicago franchise record. Toews now has 21 goals and 46 assists for 67 career postseason points in 78 games. Marian Hossa (113) and Patrick Kane (72) are the only active Blackhawks with more career playoff points.

  1. bucfanforlife - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    lets go blues

  2. bcsteele - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I could be wrong (as there is always an obvious chance of) but I feel like this game is more important for both teams than is being said. I think if the Blues win tonight it would be all but over for the ‘hawks. I never say never so I wouldn’t say it would be a sure thing but it would be tough for the ‘hawks to win two more games at Scottrade. That said, if the Blues lose tonight I feel like they’d be on their heels and miss out on the momentum they got from winning both of those games at home and could just get rolled on by the ‘hawks.

    Either way, as I said in previous post, its gonna be a heck of a finish….Go Blues!!!

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I tend to agree with that comment. The problem is any true a Hawks fan should agree the Hawks have not even come close to the way we have seen them play in years past. they could be up 3-0 right now. Or they could be down 3-0. If they should happen to play like they did the other night they will be down 3-1 after tonight. I would love to use last year and even other previous years as a point of reference to say nothing is over but that’s old and played. What I hope some can agree on, is the better team will definitely win this series. Not necessarily the luckier of the 2. The Blues did not get lucky in the first two games, they played to win, Hawks played not to lose. Game 3 the Hawks did not get lucky, Crawford played outstanding until the finish.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I think there’s a lot to that. If Chicago does win, and especially if it’s by at least two non-empty-netters, then the “Here we go again” talk starts back up in St. Louis.

      But who knows. With the exception of Game 2, the better team wound up losing each game, and it took about 6 minutes of power play to bring it to overtime.

      I really have no read on this game, other than if it goes to OT the Blues will win. And the results will probably determine whether Backes comes back early–ill-advised or no.

      • beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        they are already saying he may play tonight: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/blues-hope-backes-can-return-for-game/article_2c70e657-986b-565b-8082-c969efecf767.html

        guess well see during the skate at 12:30

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        We’re starting to hear up here that it’s a done deal. That’s ridiculous. Sure hockey players are historically and undeniably tough but, man, you only have one brain.

        Unless you’re Carcillo, then you don’t even have that.

      • stevedurbano - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Hard to argue with. Chicago hasn’t played their best yet and still is only down 2-1. I just can’t see the Blues winning if it goes 7. As for Backes, I thought the league had all kinds of tests and such for concussions so that a player can’t come back early.
        Now the news is that Morrow is out with a possibly broken foot. I don’t know exactly when it was supposed to have happened, but I know he’s been a step slow in the last few games including the end of the season. Hopefully Roy will be more effective.

    • stevewilson333 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Scotttrade?!!?!?! Lol, I’ve never actually heard anyone who wasn’t being paid refer to a stadium by its fake corporate name. Interesting.

      • stevedurbano - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        It’s a relatively new building that’s never had anything but a corporate name (first Savvis, now Scotttrade). Makes me long for the barn on Oakland…..

  3. danglesnipecelly88 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Hope Backes doesn’t regret this decision 20 years from now

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