Anybody who counted the Blackhawks out after they went down 0-2 versus the St. Louis Blues in the opening round might be feeling a little silly right about now.
However, the Blackhawks still haven't played their best hockey. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, after each missing the final couple of weeks of the regular season with injuries, are rounding into form. The team as a whole has more gears.
The Blues are playing the kind of hockey that kept them at or near the top of the Central all season. In particular, Vladimir Tarasenko has been marvelous so far in the playoffs, averaging a goal per game, to lead the league for playoff goals.
The home team has come away with the victory in every game of the Hawks/Blues playoff series so far, and Chicago will look to keep that trend going as they host St. Louis Wednesday night.
The Hawks eeked out a 2-0 victory over the Blues on Monday, but it was closer than it sounded. After a soft goal let in by Ryan Miller by Jonathan Toews, Miller settled down and shut the door for the rest of the night. The Blues regained their composure and p...
The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis. Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.
It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.
The Flames get ready to play their 8th home game of the season as the St. Louis Blues come to town for the first of three meetings between the two clubs. The Flames did not fare well against the Blues last season as they lost three of their four meetings, while only scoring a total of six goals.
With the NHL trade deadline looming upon us, less than a week away, it is time to consider what options the Blues have. Although, in my humble opinion, and the thoughts of many other Blues fans I presume, it may be enough to sit back on this team and let the return of injured players account for any adjustment they may want to make. Because the worst thing that can come from any trade at the deadline is a rut in established team chemistry. Either way, whatever route the Blues decide to take, it is always fun to consider some trades that they could make.