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Blackhawks vs. Blues game preview: Marian Hossa will not play

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Chicago eyes its third win this season against the Blues.

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Marian Hossa will not play, and Corey Crawford will get the start in net when the Chicago Blackhawks visit Central Division rival St. Louis on Wednesday at Scottrade Center.

Hossa is already eligible to return from injured reserve. The 37-year-old winger suffered a lower-body injury to his left side Feb. 13 after a hip check by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Hossa left the game in the second period and did not return.

The Hawks (41-21-5) are second in the Central after Dallas grabbed one point in a 4-3 overtime loss against Montreal on Tuesday. The Blues won the division last season, but fell to Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs.

Chicago has received a massive boost from its power play recently, which is at a 24.1 percent success rate for the league's best average. But it'll be met with St. Louis' top-rated penalty kill that is at 86.6 percent.

The Hawks have gone 3 of 11 on the man advantage in three games this season against St. Louis. Patrick Kane scored twice and Andrew Shaw also found the back of the net. Chicago went 2-0-1 in those games.

Kane has seven power-play points, and Brent Seabrook, Artemi Panarin and Duncan Keith have each chipped in six in their last nine games. Keith and Artem Anisimov both scored goals on the man advantage in Sunday's 4-1 home win over Detroit.

Kane's goal against Detroit increased his league-leading point total to a new season career-high at 89. He has 13 career points in nine games against St. Louis.

Projected lines:



Opponent Breakdown

Blues | Record: 38-20-9 | 85 points | 3rd in Central Division

The Blues enter the game on a three-game winning streak after defeating divisional foe Minnesota, 4-2. In all three road wins, St. Louis has scored at least four goals.

St. Louis hasn't won at home since Feb. 18 against Los Angeles.

Two big reasons for the Blues success are goaltender Jake Allen and winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Allen was in net for all three wins, stopping 102 of 109 shots. He made at least 30 saves in all three games, including 40 against Ottawa on March 1. He has a .932 save percentage and 2.10 goals-against average in five contests against Chicago.

Tarsenko boasts 30 goals with 25 assist for a team-high 55 points. The Russian forward has tallied 12 of his 30 goals on the man advantage, which ranks him fourth in the league. He has 10 points in 13 career games against Chicago, including three goals and an assist this season.

Projected lines:




Blackhawks: Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa

Blues: Brian Elliott, Steve Ott, Alexander Steen

How to watch

When: 7 p.m. CT

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis


Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra