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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The St. Louis Blues have bolstered their lead atop the Central Division due in large part to their sterling performance away from the Gateway City. The reigning Stanley Cup champions boast a 9-2-3 road record heading into Monday's contest against the streaking Patrick Kane and the skidding Chicago Blackhawks.

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St. Louis returned from a 2-0-1 road trip by boosting its winning streak to three games with a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, a game that was highlighted by Australian Nathan Walker and defenseman Justin Faulk scoring their respective first goals of the season. Jaden Schwartz capped the scoring late in the third period on an assist from David Perron, who extended his point streak to seven games (three goals, five assists). While the 31-year-old Perron's point streak is impressive, it pales in comparison to the 15-game run (11 goals, 13 assists) by Kane - although the NHL's Third Star of the Month for November wasn't too thrilled with his performance in Saturday's 7-3 rout by Colorado. "I wasn't very good (Saturday night)," Kane told reporters. "I have to be better going into the next game. Obviously, (it's) a huge game against St. Louis coming up at home (Monday night). The Stanley Cup champs are coming into our building so I have to be better for us."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network, FS Midwest (St. Louis), NBCS Chicago

ABOUT THE BLUES (17-5-6): Ivan Barbashev scored in his second straight contest on Saturday to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, four assists). Fellow forward Ryan O'Reilly set up a pair of goals to increase his point streak to four games (one goal, five assists) for St. Louis, which recorded its 10th win in November for the third time in franchise history on Saturday. The reigning Selke and Conn Smythe Trophy recipient blitzed the Blackhawks for six points (one goal, five assists) in five encounters last season.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (10-11-5): Chicago fell for the fifth time in six outings (1-4-1) in horrific fashion, surrendering seven straight goals on Saturday to push its total to 12 allowed during its home-and-home sweep against the Avalanche. "It's embarrassing, we have to turn it around," goaltender Robin Lehner told reporters after yielding five goals on 14 shots before being chased into the second period on Saturday. "We have to wake up. I hate losing. I think a lot of us don't like losing. It's nothing wrong to hold each other accountable. It's nothing personal. It's not a bad thing." Captain Jonathan Toews has notched an assist in consecutive contests heading into his 900th career NHL game.

OVERTIME

1. Two-time Norris Trophy recipient Duncan Keith is considered day-to-day with a groin injury for Chicago.

2. St. Louis D Robert Bortuzzo is eligible to return after serving a four-game suspension for cross-checking Nashville F Viktor Arvidsson on Nov. 23.

3. Blackhawks RW Alex DeBrincat, who scored 41 times last season, is mired in an 11-game goal drought.

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Last Injuries

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Andrew Shaw

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Shaw is on the injured reserve list due to a concussion. It is undetermined when he will clear protocol and return to the lineup.

  • Olli Maatta

    Flu
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Maatta has sat out the previous three games with flu-like symptoms, and it is unknown if it will impede his status for Tuesday's matchup with the Golden Knights.

  • Duncan Keith

    Groin
    Mid Dec | I-R

    Keith has been designated for the injured reserve list with a groin injury and is not expected to return until the middle of December.

  • Drake Caggiula

    Concussion
    Ques Tues | I-R

    Caggiula has landed on the long-term injured reserve list due to a concussion. It is unclear if he will return Tuesday against the Golden Knights.

  • Dylan Strome

    Concussion
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Strome has been held out of the previous four games due to a concussion, but it is likely that he will be cleared in time for Thursday's matchup versus the Bruins.

  • Robin Lehner

    Flu
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Lehner sat out the last game with flu-like symptoms, but it is expected that he will take part in Thursday's contest versus the Bruins.

St. Louis Blues

  • Zach Sanford

    Upper Body
    Doub Tues | doubtful

    Sanford exited the previous game with an upper-body injury, and he is not expected to play against the Sabres on Tuesday.

  • Oskar Sundqvist

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sundqvist has been designated for the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Alexander Steen

    Ankle
    Mid Dec | I-R

    Steen has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a left high-ankle sprain and is expected to to sit out games until at least the middle of December.

  • Carl Gunnarsson

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Gunnarsson has missed the past three games due to illness, but it is likely that he will healthy for Wednesday's contest against the Penguins.

  • Jordan Binnington

    Rest
    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Binnington is not expected to take part in Monday's game versus the Blackhawks as he is to be rested.

  • Robert Bortuzzo

    Suspension
    Elig Mon | out

    Bortuzzo has been issued a four-game suspension by the NHL for cross-checking an opponent. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Monday's battle against the Blackhawks.

  • Troy Brouwer

    Personal
    Prob Mon | probable

    Brouwer is dealing with a visa issue, but he is likely to be available for Monday's contest against the Predators.

  • Jordan Binnington

    Rest
    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Binnington is not expected to take part in Monday's game versus the Predators due to a day of rest.

chicago-blackhawks Stats 2019-2020

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