National Hockey League action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the St Louis Blues grapple with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks took four of the five meetings between these teams last year.
Blues Look To Push Win Streak To FourThe St Louis Blues lead the Central Division by six points over the Colorado Avalanche and their 40 points overall ar 2nd in the league behind the 43 that the Capitals have. The Blues recently had a stretch that saw them go just 2-5 but they have bounced back to win their last three games in a row and will now be seeking revenge against a Chicago team that took four of the five meetings between these teams last year. St Louis has seen their offense return as they have scored 12 goals in their last three games after hanging up just 17 goals in their previous seven games. The Blues enter this game off a 5-2 home win over the Penguins and scoring in the win was Justin Faulk, which was his 1st of the year, Nathan Walker, which was his 1st of the year, Ivan Barbashev, which was his 4th, MacKenzie MacEachern, which was his 3rd and Jaden Schwartz, which was his 7th.
Snatching up the win against the Penguins was Jordan Binnington, who stopped 29 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 13-8 with a 2.26 GAA on the year while out on the road he has gone 5-2 with a 2.71 GAA. In his career, he has gone 15-7 with a 2.08 GAA on the road and 8-3 with a 1.74 GAA against the Central Division. This will be his first career meeting against the Blackhawks. The Blues enter this game ranked 14th in the league in scoring at 3.07 gpg and 6th in power-play conversions at 24.1% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 5th in the league in goals allowed at 2.57 gpg and 9th in penalty kill at 83.8%.
Blackhawks Get Buried By The AvalancheThe Chicago Blackhawks are again one of the worst teams in the league. Chicago recently had a four-game stretch that saw them go 4-0 and score 21 goals but since then, they have gone just 1-5 and have scored a total of 12 goals in those six games. Chicago is off a horrible two-game set against the Colorado Avalanche that saw them lose both games and get outscored 12-5 in the process. The Blackhawks have now been outscored 22-10 in their last five losses. In their last game, they were buried by the Avalanche by a score of 7-3. Scoring in the loss was Brandon Saad, which was his 8th of the year, Dominik Kubalik, which was his 6th and Patrick Kane, which was his 14th. Chicago enters this game in the last place in the Central Division and they are 15 points behind the Blues.
Playing without Duncan Keith (groin), the Blackhawks couldn’t hold back the Avalanche on Saturday.https://t.co/KBDHF8OLCE— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 1, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Avs was Robin Lehner (5-8, 2.69 GAA), who allowed five goals on 14 shot attempts before being removed in favor of Corey Crawford, who allowed two goals on 15 shot attempts the rest of the way. Crawford will get the nod in this one and he has gone 5-8 with a 2.97 GAA on the year, including 4-4 with a 2.66 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 131-106 with a 2.32 GAA here at the United Center and 90-65 with a 2.41 GAA against the Central Division, plus 16-13 with a 2.39 GAA against the Blues.The Blackhawks enter this game ranked 21st in the league in scoring at 2.85 gpg and 26th in power-play conversions at 13.8% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 18th in the league in goals allowed at 3.00 gpg and 19th in penalty kill at 80.5%.
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- 5-16 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest
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