BLUES VS. BLACKHAWKS
When • Tonight at 7
Where • United Center
TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM)
Blues • The Blues will be the final team in the NHL to play a road game when they travel to meet the Blackhawks tonight. The clubs met Oct. 9 in St. Louis, with the Blues winning 3-2 on a goal by Alexander Steen with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. Maagnus Paajarvi is expected to make his Blues’ debut tonight, following the pending suspension to Maxim Lapierre for his hit on San Jose’s Dan Boyle Tuesday. Jaroslav Halak, who was replaced by Brian Elliott in a 6-2 loss to the Sharks, will likely get the start against Chicago. Vladimir Tarasenko enters the game on a four-game goal-scoring streak.
Blackhawks • Chicago responded to its loss to the Blues with three consecutive one-goal victories, over the New York Islanders, Buffalo and Carolina. In the most recent outing, the ‘Hawks surrendered two late goals to the Hurricanes but pulled out a 3-2 shootout win. Against the Blues, Chicago scored both goals on the power play, and the Blackhawks could be in store for more goals on the man-advantage if the Blues don’t clean up their act on the penalty kill. After wiping out the first 11 power plays it faced, the Blues’ PK unit has surrendered seven power-play goals on 14 chances against.
Injuries • Blues — none; Blackhawks — none.