Game 46 Preview And Open Thread: Blackhawks vs. Blues

Puck Drop: Jan. 16, 7:30 PM CST

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 20-21-4
Points: 44
Place: 5th in Central, 14th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 17.2%, 17th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 80.9%, 20th in NHL
Blackhawks Team Statistics


St. Louis Blues
Record: 22-15-6
Points: 50
Place: t-2nd in Central, t-9th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 12.4%, 30th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 85.5%, 5th in NHL
Blues Team Statistics

Hawks Lineup:

1st line: LW Kane - C Lang - RW Havlat
2nd line: LW Versteeg - C Sharp - RW Ruutu
3rd line: LW Bourque - C Burish - RW Skille
4th line: LW Perreault - C Dowell - RW Lapointe
1st pairing: Keith/Seabrook
2nd pairing: Hendry/Sopel
3rd pairing: Barker/Byfuglien

Scratches: Zyuzin (healthy), Koci (healthy)
Injured Reserve: Adam, Toews, Williams, Bolland, Wisniewski, Eager

After a nice shootout win on the road in Nashville on Sunday (in which I'd give the SCH Hawks Player Of The Game award to Patrick Sharp) to snap the Hawks' eight game losing streak, Chicago will look to make it two in a row tonight against the Blues. I think this would be a big win for the Hawks, to be able to knock off someone in front of them in the standings and get their confidence back. Nice to see Patrick Lalime getting the start tonight, a reward for his very strong effort against the Predators.