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Blackhawks, Blues to reignite rivalry

The Central Division rivals haven’t played each other since October.

St Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks will play the second half of a back-to-back Sunday when they host the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.

It’s the first meeting between the two heated Central Division rivals since Oct. 18, when the Blues skated away with a 5-2 home win. Jaden Schwartz led the Blues with his third career hat trick in the victory. Chicago and St. Louis meet three times in their final 11 games of the regular season. The Blues have found success lately in Chicago, with at least a point in six of their last eight games at the United Center.

The Hawks fell 5-3 on Saturday at Buffalo, snapping a 12-game win streak against the Sabres dating back to December 2009. Jordan Oesterle, Tomas Jurco and Jonathan Toews each scored one goal in the loss. Jean-Francois Berube made 27 saves for Chicago. It was the second straight game between the pipes for Berube, who entered in relief Thursday at Winnipeg.

Anton Forsberg is expected to start in net for Chicago. The 25-year-old is 9-15-3 with a 3.04 goals-against average and .905 save percentage this season. He has never faced the Blues in his career.

St. Louis is coming off a 4-3 overtime win Saturday against the New York Rangers. Alex Pietrangelo scored twice, Nikita Soshnikov tallied his first goal with St. Louis and Brayden Schenn netted the game-winner in overtime. However, the Blues lost star forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an upper-body injury in the first period. There’s no update yet on whether Tarasenko will play. He’s the Blues leading goal scorer (27) and second in points (58), and has 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in his last 12 games against Chicago.

The Blues are likely to give Jake Allen the night off after he stopped 17 shots against the Rangers. Allen is 7-4-1 in 12 games against Chicago. If St. Louis coach Mike Yeo opts to rest Allen, Ville Husso will make his NHL debut. The 23-year-old was recalled from AHL San Antonio just last week.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
F2 Matthew Highmore - Nick Schmaltz - Vinnie Hinostroza
F3 Tomas Jurco - Artem Anisimov - Alex DeBrincat
F4 Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - John Hayden
D1 Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta
D2 Erik Gustafsson - Brent Seabrook
D3 Jordan Oesterle - Connor Murphy
Goaltender Anton Forsberg OR Jean-Francois Berube

Blues

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
F2 Patrik Berglund - Kyle Brodziak - Alex Steen
F3 Dmitrij Jaskin - Vladimir Sobotka - Tage Thompson
F4 Nikita Soshnikov - Ivan Barbashev - Chris Thorburn
D1 Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
D2 Vince Dunn - Colton Parayko
D3 Joel Edmundson - Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender Jake Allen OR Ville Husso

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Blues at Blackhawks

Start time: 6:30 p.m., Central time

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Network