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Friday, February 13th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (30-14-8) at St. Louis Blues (22-25-7), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will bring their season-long road trip to a close tonight, when they visit the St. Louis Blues and Scottrade Center.

Chicago is 5-2-0 so far on its eight-game road trip and rebounded from a sloppy 7-3 loss in Vancouver last Saturday to post a 3-1 win in Atlanta on Wednesday. Jonathan Toews scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, while Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland also tallied in the victory.

Cam Barker registered a pair of assists for the Blackhawks, who despite being 11 points back of first-place Detroit in the Central Division, are fourth overall in the Western Conference with 68 points.

Chicago is 16-10-3 overall on the road this year and will play at home on for the first time since a loss to St. Louis on January 21 when it hosts Dallas on Saturday.

Nikolai Khabibulin was outstanding between the pipes in Wednesday's win, stopping 36-of-37 shots for Chicago. Khabibulin has won his last four starts and posted a 1.75 goals against average in that span, which does not include a loss he got in relief on Saturday versus Vancouver.

His run could have earned him more playing time, as Chicago has been rotating starts between Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet. However, Khabibulin, who missed time earlier this year due to a groin injury, suffered a lower-body injury versus the Thrashers and is unlikely to be available tonight. Netminder Antti Niemi was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Thursday to backup Huet.

Huet is 1-2-0 with a 3.05 GAA over his last four starts and allowed three goals on nine shots faced in the first period versus the Canucks before getting pulled. He is 1-3-0 with a 2.01 GAA in his career versus the Blues.

St. Louis will play the first of two straight home games tonight and will skate on consecutive nights coming off a heartbreaking loss in Nashville. The Blues carried a two-goal edge into the third frame of last night's contest, but saw the Predators' Jason Arnott force overtime with just three seconds left. Chris Mason was then beaten by Nashville's Steve Sullivan in the shootout, sending St. Louis to a deflating 4-3 setback.

David Backes and Brad Winchester had a goal and an assist each and David Perron also scored in St. Louis' second straight setback. The Blues also failed to get out of the basement in the Western Conference, although their point did tie them with Colorado for fewest in the West with 51.

Brad Boyes finished with two assists and has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in his last seven outings, while Mason made 31 saves for a St. Louis squad that is 13-11-4 at home this year and will also host the Rangers on Monday.

The Blues have earned a point in all four of their matchups with the Blackhawks this year, going 3-0-1 against them. The clubs have split a pair of meetings in the Gateway City in that span, as the Blues notched a 4-3 shootout win back on October 18 before falling, 2-1, in overtime on January 17.

02/13 10:48:54 ET


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