NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 28th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (36-28-11-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (20-39-11-7), 4 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues continue their battle for a Western
Conference playoff berth tonight, as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks in the
finale of a home-and-home series at the United Center.
The Blues picked up a victory over the Blackhawks in St. Louis on Saturday to
move them into a three-way tie with Nashville and Edmonton for the final
postseason berth in the West. All three teams have 85 points, but St. Louis
and the Predators currently hold the final two spots by virtue of having more
wins than Edmonton.
St. Louis is trying to reach the playoffs for a 25th consecutive season. The
last time the Blues failed to reach the postseason was the 1978-79 campaign.
On Saturday, Bryce Salvador's goal 1:50 into overtime lifted the Blues to a
4-3 victory over Chicago at the Savvis Center. Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra
each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who improved to 7-2-3 in its last
Chris Osgood made 19 saves in the win, while Doug Weight picked up the 600th
assist of his career.
Matt Keith, Tuomo Ruutu and Deron Quint all scored for the Blackhawks, who are
winless in their last four contests (0-1-2-1).
Jocelyn Thibault, sidelined since November 7 because of a hip injury, returned
to the ice and stopped 25-of-29 shots for the Blackhawks.
Trailing by a goal entering the third period, Chicago pulled even at 3-3 on
Quint's fourth goal of the season at the 7:16 mark of the frame. A deflected
puck came right to Quint in the slot and he one-timed a shot past Osgood to
tie things up.
However, the game-winner came after a scrum in front of Thibault. The puck
eventually came out to Chicago defenseman Bryan Berard in the right circle,
but he couldn't get the puck out of the zone and turned it over to Salvador,
who snapped a shot on net that beat a distracted Thibault on the glove side.
After tonight's contest, the Blues host Edmonton on Tuesday, while Chicago
travels to Nashville for a test on the same day.
Chicago is still 4-1-2-1 in the last eight meetings with the Blues and is
unbeaten in the previous eight matchups in the Windy City (5-0-3).
03/28 10:06:23 ET