The Chicago Blackhawks couldn't snag Game 1 of their first-round series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, but they get another shot at taking one on the road Friday at Scottrade Center. The Hawks trail in the series, 1-0, after losing in overtime, 1-0, in the opener.
The big change for Game 2 will come on defense, where star veteran Duncan Keith is back in the lineup following the completion of his six-game suspension from the league. Keith's absence was noticeable in Game 1, especially in overtime when the team got pinned in its own end. The Blues' game-winning goal was a deflection off Trevor van Riemsdyk, who had played two lengthy shifts in a row preceding the score.
Keith will likely handle more of those responsibilities now that he's back in the lineup, and that's definitely good news as the Hawks look to even up the series before heading home. Coach Q has said that Keith will likely return to his pairing with Niklas Hjalmarsson -- which I don't love for what it does to the rest of the blue line corps -- although we should have a better idea of how these guys will be deployed once the game begins.
The last time these two teams played in the playoffs, Chicago fell behind 2-0 before returning home and reeling off four consecutive wins to take the series. That should give the team confidence regardless of how things play out Friday night, but here's to guessing the Hawks would rather not put themselves behind the barrel of a major hole this early in the postseason.
How to watch Hawks vs. Blues Game 2
When: 7 p.m. CT
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis
TV: NBCSN, CSN Chicago (U.S.) | Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 (Canada)
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra