Blackhawks week ahead: Chicago visits St. Louis

Our weekly look at the Blackhawks’ schedule.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a three-game slate this week, highlighted by a trip to St. Louis on Wednesday for their first Central Division road game this season.

Chicago will have three days rest before it plays in St. Louis. But the Hawks get right back at it with a home game the next night against Stanley Cup preseason darling Edmonton. The team will then fly to Arizona to play the Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Hawks and the Chicago Cubs will overlap for the second straight week. Game 4 of the National League Championship Series is set for Wednesday at Wrigley Field and, if necessary, Game 5 will be played Thursday in Chicago and Game 6 on Saturday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Let's take a look at the upcoming week in Blackhawks’ hockey (all times Central):

Monday, Oct. 16 - Idle

There’s only one game on the schedule with Tampa Bay visiting Detroit.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 - Idle

The NBC Sports Network doubleheader features Tampa Bay in New Jersey and Montreal in San Jose. The most entertaining game on the night should be Toronto visiting Washington. The two teams will also meet in March at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the NHL’s annual Stadium Series outdoor game.

Central Division: COL at NSH, CBJ at WPG, ARI at DAL

Around the NHL: PITT at NYR, FLA at PHI, TOR at WSH, TB at NJ, VAN at OTT, CAR at EDM, BUF at VGK, MTL at SJ

Wednesday, Oct. 18 - Chicago at St. Louis, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

It’s the first game of the season series between the two I-55 rivals. The Hawks won the season series 3-2 in 2016-17. St. Louis has lost two straight after opening the season 4-0. The Blues fell 2-1 on Saturday at Tampa Bay.

Around the NHL: DET at TOR, MTL at LA

Thursday, Oct. 19 - Edmonton at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. (WGN)

Chicago dropped the season series 1-2 last season. The Oilers led by Connor McDavid, the reigning Hart and Art Ross trophy winner, are off to a slow start having lost three straight and three of their last four.

Central Division: NSH at PHI, STL at COL, DAL at ARI

Around the NHL: VAN at BOS, NYI at NYR, TB at CBJ, NJ at OTT, CAR at CGY

Friday, Oct. 20 - Idle

There are no nationally televised games in the United States. Minnesota visits Winnipeg in a Central Division clash while Montreal is in Anaheim in the only game with teams projected to make the playoffs.

IceHogs: Grand Rapids (Red Wings) at Rockford, 7 p.m.

Central Division: MINN at WPG

Around the NHL: VAN at BUF, SJ at NJ, WSH at DET, PITT at FLA, MTL at ANA

Saturday, Oct. 21 - Chicago at Arizona, 8 p.m. (NBCSCH)

Chicago dominated the Coyotes last season with a three-game sweep. The Hawks outscored Arizona 14-6. The Coyotes are the lone winless team left in the NHL, but they do have one point after an overtime loss at Vegas.

IceHogs: Rockford at Milwaukee (Predators), 6 p.m.

Central Division: NSH at NYR, CAR at DAL, MINN at CGY, STL at VGK

Around the NHL: EDM at PHI, BUF at BOS, TOR at OTT, PITT at TB, SJ at NYI, LA at CBJ, FLA at WSH

Sunday, Oct. 22 - Idle

The only game on the schedule is Vancouver in Detroit.

IceHogs: Hershey (Capitals) at Rockford, 4 p.m.