It's finally here. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues face off Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center in Game 1 of their first-round series. The two teams are meeting in the postseason again for the first time since 2014, when the Hawks rallied to eliminate the Blues in six games.
The rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis will continue bubbling over the next week or two as these two teams battle for a spot in the Western Conference Semifinals. During the regular season, the Blues took three of five meetings against the Hawks, though all three of the wins came in overtime or a shootout.
Injuries limited the Hawks down the stretch during the regular season, but Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Artem Anisimov will all be back in the lineup for Game 1. The notable absence will be star defenseman Duncan Keith, who will sit out the opening playoff matchup to complete his six-game suspension from the NHL.
While being without Keith certainly hurts the Hawks' chances Wednesday night, a victory for Chicago would put the team in a very strong position going forward. And considering how the Hawks rallied from down 2-0 to knock off the Blues last time they met in the playoffs, don't except too much concern -- at least in the locker room -- if the team fails to win one of the first two games in St. Louis.
Game 1 will be broadcast on both NBCSN and CSN Chicago, with Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk on the call for the former. Here's all the info to catch the game Wednesday night.
How to watch Hawks vs. Blues Game 1
When: 8:30 p.m. CT
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis
TV: NBCSN, CSN Chicago (U.S.) | TVA Sports, Sportsnet 360 (Canada)
Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra