Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Cheat Sheet: 10.17.13

Long time no talk, prostate Divas! Did you miss me? Well, I sure missed you, and is it just me or is this hockey season a bit off to a slow start?

Not the Blackhawks who are posting a 4-1-1 record, but the length of time between games. Maybe we were spoiled with the back-to-back-to-back schedule crunch of last season, however, this hockey nut will take Blackhawk hockey whenever possible and will definitely endure the wait.

Enough of my rant…on to the matchup ahead.

On Thursday the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues for their second of five regular season matchups this season. The Blues are the only loss the Hawks have this year, and if you watched the first game you know that these two teams don’t like one another and it is looking a lot like Black and Blue hockey is back in the Central Conference.

Let’s get you prepared to show up loaded to the United Center or your local watering hole to impress the best of the best for what’s sure to be a ridiculous game.

What You Need To Know

    • The Hawks currently sit in 2nd place in the central conference with 9pts (4-1-1). Right on their heels are the Blues in 3rd with 8pts (4-1-0).
    • The San Jose Sharks gave the Blues their first loss of the season, giving them a shellacking and handing them a 6-2 ass whooping.  Jaroslav Halak also suffered his first defeat of the season, stopping 22 shots and was replaced by Brian Elliott to start the third period. It was Elliott’s first action of the season. It will be interesting to see who Coach Ken Hitchcock will start in the net tonight.

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    • Oh the Power Play… Haven’t seen much of you this season, the Hawks need to figure this out and need to figure it out soon. I know it is early in the season but a non-existing power play won’t cut it this year.
    • We saw these two teams jaw, jab, etc. last time they met. Expect the same and more, the Hawks have home ice advantage and will work the crowd to upset the flow of the Blues.

Who To Watch For On The Blues:

  • Alexander Steen

    Left Winger Alexander Steen has been on fire for the Blues this season so far and leads the team in goals and points with 8. The 29-year old from Winnipeg Manitoba was drafted in the 2002 NHL draft by Toronto. However, he has found a home in St. Louis and consistently puts up great offense numbers season after season. The Hawks will look to Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to shut Steen down, and turn the puck over. Steen currently has a -3 rating, so look for our defense to try and bring out is lack of defensive play.

Who to Watch For On The Hawks:

  • Recent call up forward Brandon Pirri: Pirri, a 2009 second-round pick by the Blackhawks, suffered an injury during training camp and was among coach Joel Quenneville’s final roster cuts last month. Pirri has three assists in three games with the IceHogs this season. He is looking to prove he belongs in the show on the Blackhawks roster full time. Keep an eye on him!
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson

    Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson: Hammer has been the best defenseman on the ice for the Blackhawks this season. He leads the entire team with four assists and has a +4 rating. Look for Hammer to not only shut down the Blues offense but contribute on the offensive attack for the Blackhawks.

Your Take Away Piece

“If the rivalry doesn’t get you up for this game, then you are not a hockey fan. The Blues are the only team to hand our beloved Hawks a loss this season, look for the guys to come out “swinging” and to pay back the Blues for last time.”

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What’s Next

If you’re planning on heading to the United Center, tickets are still available. Find the best deals HERE. If you can’t quite shell out the cash to watch the Hawks live, hit up your local watering hole in your cutest Hawks gear. Its Thursday (we all know the start of the weekend), its fall and its Blackhawks hockey, enough said!

You can catch the 7:00 p.m. puck drop on Comcast SportsNet. Let’s go Hawks!

About the author: Victoria L. Olszowy. Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Victoria is a Chicago native who is obsessed with Chicago sports; she bleeds the Maize & Michigan Blue and is an avid fan of the Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears and Bulls. She is excited to be leading SDI into the next iteration and all feedback is welcome! Victoria is a seasoned technology/sports public relations executive at Golin. A lover of the outdoors, Victoria is a competitive runner and just finished her Master’s Degree this past spring. You can contact Victoria at v.kendzierski@sportsdivasinc.com or on Twitter @chisportsdivas or Instagram @victoriakendzie

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