Nick Schmaltz returns as Hawks visit Blues for ‘Rivalry Night’

Chicago has its No. 2 center back against St. Louis.

The Chicago Blackhawks return to the ice Wednesday night when they travel to the Scottrade Center to face their Central Division opponents, the St. Louis Blues in NBCSN’s Rivalry Night.

Nick Schmaltz looks set to make his return to the Blackhawks lineup Wednesday night after missing four games due to an upper-body injury. Schmaltz has played just 16 minutes for Chicago this season, but accounted for two goals and one assist in the season opener.

Since Schmaltz’s absence, Patrick Kane has not tallied a goal for the Hawks. Here’s hoping that with the return of their center, the Kane-Schmaltz-Hartman line can have a few more repeat performances of the season opener.

The Blackhawks head into Wednesday with a 4-1-1 record, good for first in the Central Division. The Blues 4-2-0 record so far this season puts them in third in the division, tied with the Avalanche for eight points. The Blues will be without center Robby Fabbri, who is to miss the full season from a torn ACL.

Corey Crawford will get the nod for the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Crawford has a 4-1 record this season, while boasting a .960 save percentage and 1.39 goals against average.

Jake Allen is likely to get the start in net for the Blues. In five games played this season, Allen has a 3-2 record, adding a .917 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average.

To make what should be a great matchup even more special, Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday’s game!

Projected lineups


F1Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik
F2Ryan Hartman - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F3Patrick Sharp - Artem Anisimov - Alex DeBrincat
F4Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - John Hayden
D1Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
D2Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta
D3Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy
GoaltenderCorey Crawford


F1Magnus Paajarvi - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
F2Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Samuel Blais
F3Vladimir Sobotka - Ivan Barbashev - Dmitrij Jaskin
F4Scottie Upshall - Oskar Sundqvist - Kyle Brodziak
D1Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
D2Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
D3Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
GoaltenderJake Allen

How to watch Blackhawks at Blues

Start time: 7 p.m. CT

Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis