St. Louis

Game Preview

Blackhawks gun for third straight win against Blues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Share with your Friends

Blackhawks gun for third straight win against Blues
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
BLUES (12-7-3) at BLACKHAWKS (13-11-2)


Last 10 -- St. Louis 3-6-1; Chicago 5-4-1.

Season series -- This is the third of six meetings between the Central Division rivals this season. On Oct. 18, Patrick Sharp's overtime goal gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win at the United Center. In the rematch four days later, David Perron scored twice to pace the Blues to a 4-2 victory at Scottrade Center.

Big Story -- The Blackhawks have won two straight to jump past the Blues, who were swept in a home-and-home set with the Stars, in the standings. Still, only one point separates the Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Blues, all of whom rank in the top eight in the Western Conference.

Team Scope:

Blues -- Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Stars was the Blues' first regulation home loss this season. They were the last team in the League to lose in 60 minutes at home, dropping them to 8-1-1 this season at Scottrade Center.

It also was the second straight game they lost after leading going into the third period. Saturday, the Blues led 1-0 on a late second-period goal by B.J. Crombeen, but then allowed goals to Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson early in the third.

"It's a tough one to lose whether we've lost all eight at home," rookie defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said Saturday. "It's a tough one to give away, especially going through the same thing last night."

"It's kind of a tough thing to pin down," added Crombeen. "We, for whatever reason, let up off the gas a little bit both nights for about five or 10 minutes, and they found a way to put some pucks in the net."

Blackhawks -- The Blackhawks returned home from their annual circus trip in a good mood, which a 4-2-0 stretch -- including two straight wins -- will do.

The capper was Saturday's 2-1 win in Los Angeles against the Western Conference-leading Kings. Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane each had a goal, and Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 22 shots in the victory.

"It was a big win,'' Sharp, who has goals in four straight games, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It kind of solidifies the trip. We were kind of going back and forth. We can feel good about what we did out west here."

They won two of their final three games, against the California teams -- they lost to San Jose before beating the Ducks and Kings by a combined 6-2 margin.

"We liked the way we finished the road trip off," defenseman Duncan Keith told the Sun-Times. "It's just a matter of keeping it going at home. ... We're getting contributions from everybody, whether it's a big block, a big save or a timely goal."

Who's Hot -- Pietrangelo, the fourth pick of the 2008 Entry Draft, looks to be finding his scoring touch, had a four-game scoring streak ended Saturday, but had a goal and 4 assists during his recent run, and has been a minus player just once in his last five games. … Kane has four multi-point games in his last seven games, after having three in his first 18 games.

Injury Report -- Blues defenseman Roman Polak (wrist) and forwards T.J. Oshie (ankle) and David Perron (concussion) are mending from long-term injuries. … Blackhawks forward Fernando Pisani is questionable for Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.

Stat Pack -- St. Louis' Scottrade Center may not jump to mind when hockey fans think of tough road destinations, but Saturday's regulation home loss snapped a 15-game stretch of 60-minute home success dating to March 21 of last season.

Puck Drop -- Blues forward David Perron, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion Nov. 4 against San Jose, has started playing hockey again -- video game hockey.

It might not sound like much, but it's progress.

"It's getting better," Perron told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "A little headache, not much of it, but we're looking to be symptom-free. The last four or five days, it's been staying the same in terms of the headache, but everything in terms of dizziness, I haven't felt anything lately.

"It's been kind of frustrating and disappointing that it's been this slow. But at the same time, I'm still positive and getting my rest and I hope to come back soon. The good thing is, it's getting better."

However, there's no timetable for when Perron might get back on the ice.
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 06 '11 STL 3 at CHI 4 - OT J. Toews
Feb 21 '11 CHI 5 at STL 3 J. Toews
Dec 28 '10 CHI 1 at STL 3 B. Boyes
Nov 30 '10 STL 5 at CHI 7 P. Kane
Oct 22 '10 CHI 2 at STL 4 R. Polak
Oct 18 '10 STL 2 at CHI 3 - OT P. Sharp
A. McDonald238917+51211
D. Backes2341317+84410
P. Berglund236915+5830
B. Boyes236814+21830
A. Pietrangelo2321214+31110
A. Steen234812+31402
M. D'Agostini236410+11621
T. Oshie131910+3610
C. Colaiacovo16369-5201
D. Perron10527+71200
V. Sobotka19167+02700
E. Johnson23156+11701
J. McClement23314-10400
B. Jackman14044+81000
E. Brewer23303+63801
B. Crombeen23303-85400
B. Winchester18213-64311
N. Oystrick7022+2900
R. Polak7101+2601
T. Strachan15011-6700
T. Hensick3011-2200
N. Nikitin12000-8200
C. Janssen10000-33700
C. Porter9000-2700
I. Cole3000-2200
N. Drazenovic3000-3000
R. Reaves2000+01700
J. Halak1810-6-2424732.37.911
T. Conklin62-2-1191423.38.866
P. Sharp26161329-4644
P. Kane26111627-31242
J. Toews27111122+7861
M. Hossa2181018+41421
D. Keith2721416-41001
T. Kopecky2631215-62610
T. Brouwer275914-21411
B. Seabrook2731013+31220
V. Stalberg266612-11202
J. Dowell274610+72600
B. Bickell244610-11510
J. Skille263710+51700
F. Pisani25437-2810
B. Campbell14167+10200
D. Bolland21145+01800
N. Boynton25055-12800
J. Cullimore21033+5200
N. Hjalmarsson25112-31900
N. Leddy6101-1000
J. Morin3011+2500
J. Scott18000-12800
J. Hendry11000-2000
B. Smith3000-2000
R. Potulny2000-1000
E. Brophey1000+0000
B. Pirri1000-1000
M. Turco188-7-2515302.90.904
C. Crawford106-4-0232662.38.914

Single Game Tickets
Full Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Packs
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

In the System
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Alaska Aces

Regular Season
Promotions Schedule
Schedule Downloads

Player Stats
League Standings

Blues Overtime Blog

Game Highlights
News & Interviews
NHL Network

Find a Player
Mobile App
E-mail Subscriptions

Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Photo Galleries
License Plates

Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, and are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.