St. Louis Blues vs. Blackhawks Cheat Sheet 4.6.14

Is anyone else’s heart STILL racing from Friday’s game?! We knew the Hawks could win a game in 17 seconds, ambulance but to win it under five?! Darn impressive. After that crazy win against the Blue Jackets, sickness another familiar foe, the St. Louis Blues, return to the United Center on Sunday to take on the Hawks. With both teams looking to close out the season on a high note, this game is sure to be a chippy one. Bring it on.

What You Need To Know:

  • The Blues still lead the Central division by five points, despite dropping their last game to the Colorado Avalanche. St. Louis (52-18-7) is competing with the Bruins for this season’s Presidents’ Trophy, which you’ll recall the Hawks won last season.
  • The Blues have struggled to put pucks in the net in their last few outings; they were shut out against the Avs and have only scored 7 times in their last 9 games.
  • Without their two super stars, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks (44-19-15) have managed to win their last two games. The team is coming off a thrilling 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets – Ben Smith scored the game winning goal in the last seconds. Still trailing Colorado by a few points, the Hawks are looking to end the season strong and secure home ice advantage.

Who to Watch: The Blues

  • TJ Oshie, Source: Yahoo SportsEveryone’s favorite Olympian T.J. Oshie: His shoot out skills made him a hero in Sochi, but he’s the enemy again. His wicked shot and puck handling skills make him quite the offensive threat. Oshie and his fiance recently welcomed an adorable baby girl Lyla. The baby was born with a defect that required immediate surgery, but luckily is meant to make a full recovery. We wish the new parents all the best!

Who to Watch:The Hawks

  • Ben Smith, Source: ESPNBen Smith has been everywhere lately. You’ve got to admire his work ethic and grit. It was his game winning goal with under 4 seconds left that put the Hawks over CBJ on Friday night. With Kane and Toews still out, Smith has shown how deep the Hawks’ talent is.

Your Takeaway Piece

“This game is sure to be a physical one! With both teams battling for the top spot in the conference, we’re sure to see some big hits. The Hawks need to keep bodies in front of the net, they’ll need gritty goals to beat the Blues.”

What’s Next

Puck drops at 11:30 at the UC. Hawks and Blues are on the big stage this week, so tune into NBC. Let’s finish the regular season off on a high note… GO HAWKS!!!!

 

Category: Blackhawks

About the author: Rachel Musnicki hails from the Chicago suburbs. A die-hard Chicago sports fan, she is known for her obsession with the Blackhawks. Rachel is finishing up her senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is working towards a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She previously interned with Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Rachel still dreams of being an Olympian, though is starting to realize she may never make it as a beach volleyball star. One of her favorite sports memories is going to a Stanley Cup Final Game in 2010 and watching the Blackhawks defeat the Flyers. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelMusnicki

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