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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



ST LOUIS (18-14-0-2, 38 pts.) at CHICAGO (27-5-0-3, 57 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/4/2013 8:35 PM
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63ST LOUIS+135Ov 5.5,+110+135Ov 5.5,+110
64CHICAGO-155Un 5.5,-130-155Un 5.5,-130
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games18-16-0-3.818-16-3.818-122.928.32.824.1
Team Stats (Road Games)10-8-0+1.510-8+1.510-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-2.82-3-2.81-
vs. Division6-5-0-1.26-5-1.26-42.728.42.722.1
ST LOUIS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)34983229316496210.2%1082422.2%170
Team Stats (Road Games)18582215174351911.2%521121.2%98
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511245001527.2%1218.3%16
Team Stats (vs. Division)11301288223129.6%401435.0%53
Stats Against (All Games) 942934292481811.5%1172017.1%167
Stats Against (Road Games) 511715181244011.6%731520.5%89
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11263011209.2%1417.1%20
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3013980124312.3%41717.1%54
ST LOUIS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JAKE ALLEN (All Games)121128826190.6%18-3+3.88-3-0+46-5
JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)6615113488.7%05-1+4.45-1-0+45-1
JAKE ALLEN (vs. Division)21262180.8%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)44827591.5%12-2-1.32-2-0-10-4
BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)12824120785.9%02-6-7.62-6-0-84-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)7313912791.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-10-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (vs. Division)6412410987.9%01-3-41-3-0-42-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)42786887.2%00-2-2.80-2-0-30-0
JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)161528625789.9%38-7+0.18-7-0+18-6
JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)9914812886.5%14-5-1.64-5-0-15-3
JAROSLAV HALAK (vs. Division)66928390.2%24-2+1.84-2-0+23-3
JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)43736791.8%01-2-1.41-2-0-11-1
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games27-8-0+15.627-8+15.614-193.431.22.226.6
Team Stats (Home Games)13-4-0+6.413-4+6.45-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.13-2+0.12-23.430.42.027.4
vs. Division11-0-0+1111-0+112-
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3511940412996109110.9%1212117.4%192
Team Stats (Home Games)1751152110525589.1%601016.7%88
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5176641115211.2%1616.2%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)113391185332910.0%26311.5%44
Stats Against (All Games) 76212230349318.2%1061615.1%130
Stats Against (Home Games) 38101116114518.4%541018.5%67
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10046001377.3%1000.0%17
Stats Against (vs. Division) 13229003024.3%3126.5%25
CHICAGO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)222155851692.5%115-6+7.315-6-0+88-12
CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)8722520792.0%15-2+2.15-2-0+22-4
CORY CRAWFORD (vs. Division)101026525596.2%110-0+1010-0-0+101-8
CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)4412211191.0%02-2-0.52-2-003-0
RAY EMERY (All Games)161437234291.9%112-2+8.412-2-0+86-7
RAY EMERY (Home Games)101022620791.6%18-2+4.48-2-0+43-6
RAY EMERY (vs. Division)21373491.9%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)44686189.7%12-2-1.62-2-0-22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.25,  CHICAGO 3.16
ST LOUIS - Schedule
3/9/2013at SAN JOSE4-3W0, +110W5 ovO
3/10/2013at ANAHEIM2-4L0, +130L5.5 unO
3/12/2013SAN JOSE4-2W0, -125W5 ovO
3/14/2013PHOENIX3-0W0, -135W5 ovU
3/16/2013ANAHEIM2-1W0, -140W5.5 unU
3/19/2013at VANCOUVER2-3L0, +105L5.5 unU
3/23/2013at EDMONTON3-0W0, -150W5.5 unU
3/24/2013at CALGARY2-3L0, -130L5.5 unU
3/26/2013EDMONTON0-3L0, -230L5.5 unU
3/28/2013LOS ANGELES2-4L0, -120L5 unO
4/1/2013at MINNESOTA4-1W0, +105W5 evP
4/4/2013at CHICAGO 
4/7/2013at DETROIT 
4/9/2013at NASHVILLE 
4/11/2013at MINNESOTA 
4/12/2013at COLUMBUS 

CHICAGO - Schedule
3/8/2013at COLORADO2-6L0, -140L5 ovO
3/10/2013EDMONTON5-6L0, -215L5 ovO
3/14/2013at COLUMBUS2-1W0, -150W5.5 unU
3/16/2013at DALLAS8-1W0, -140W5.5 unO
3/18/2013at COLORADO5-2W0, -160W5.5 unO
3/20/2013at ANAHEIM2-4L0, -105L5.5 unO
3/25/2013LOS ANGELES4-5L0, -140L5 ovO
3/26/2013CALGARY2-0W0, -175W5.5 unU
3/29/2013ANAHEIM1-2L0, -150L5.5 unU
3/31/2013at DETROIT7-1W0, -105W5 ovO
4/1/2013NASHVILLE3-2W0, -175W5 ovP
4/4/2013ST LOUIS 
4/6/2013at NASHVILLE 
4/9/2013at MINNESOTA 
4/14/2013at ST LOUIS 

LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.

COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.

LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).

PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.

OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.


LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.

COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.

ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.

LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell

PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford

OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Blues-Blackhawks Preview* ==========================


St. Louis (18-14-2) at Chicago (27-5-3), 8:30 p.m. EDT

While the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks appear to be getting healthier, injuries to T.J. Oshie and Jaroslav Halak are threatening to derail the St. Louis Blues' playoff hopes.

Marian Hossa will return from a six-game absence Thursday night as Chicago seeks a ninth straight home win over St. Louis, which may have to wait a little longer to debut the newly acquired Jay Bouwmeester.

Chicago (27-5-3) holds a slim lead over Anaheim atop the West despite playing extended time without Hossa and fellow forward Patrick Sharp, who hasn't played since injuring his shoulder March 6.

While Sharp isn't quite ready to go, Hossa will return from his upper-body injury Thursday. Dave Bolland, who left Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Nashville after blocking a shot, also will play.

"There's no reason to wait longer," said Hossa, third on the team with 13 goals and 23 points. "It's always hard games against (St. Louis) and they play a very physical game."

These teams have played six one-goal games in the past eight meetings at Chicago - two ended in overtime and two in shootouts - but the Blackhawks won them all.

Chicago has gone just 3-3-0 without Hossa, and coach Joel Quenneville is ready to insert him back on the top line with captain Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Saad.

"He's the type of player you like the way he plays in all areas of the ice and that line was very good with him," Quenneville said. "I'm sure they're happy to have him back as well."

Patrick Kane sat out Wednesday's practice with an illness, but he'll likely play versus St. Louis. He scored his team-best 19th goal Monday and is among the league leaders with 43 points, including seven goals and nine assists over his last 10 games.

Michal Handzus will be in a Chicago uniform after being acquired from San Jose for a fourth-round pick prior to Monday's victory. The veteran forward, who played eight games for the Blackhawks in 2006-07 before suffering a season-ending ACL tear, has won a career-high 55.6 percent of his faceoffs this season.

"He can take faceoffs, play both wings - versatile in a lot of ways," Quenneville said. "He can kill penalties as well. He's been here in the past and should instantly fit in with the guys."

Chicago has won four straight matchups with St. Louis, including a 3-0 victory in the last meeting Feb. 28 as Toews scored twice. The Blues may have a tough time ending that skid after finding out they will be missing two key contributors for the foreseeable future.

Oshie was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury from blocking a shot during last Thursday's 4-2 loss to Los Angeles. Halak is expected to miss about three weeks due to a lower-body injury suffered in Monday's 4-1 victory at Minnesota that ended a three-game losing streak.

While Halak's 2.14 goals-against average ranks among the league leaders, Oshie has 20 points in 2013 after tying for the team lead last season with 54.

The injuries are tough blows to the Blues (18-14-2), who are battling for one of the West's final playoff spots.

"No excuses in here, we just need results," captain David Backes said. "We need to stick together and bring it every night, and when we do we like our chances."

St. Louis did make a big addition, acquiring Bouwmeester from Calgary on Monday. The veteran defenseman has been trying to obtain his work visa, though, and didn't arrive in Chicago in time for Wednesday's practice. It's unclear if he'll play Thursday.

"He's a workhorse back there and he logs 25 minutes a night on a regular basis," general manager Doug Armstrong said of Bouwmeester. "He gives us, really, what we believe is one of the stronger defenses in the NHL right now."

Armstrong also dealt defenseman Wade Redden to Boston before Wednesday's trade deadline.

Brian Elliott, 0-4-1 with a dismal 4.83 goals-against average in his last five starts, will be in net Thursday.

Chicago counters with Corey Crawford, who has won his last five starts versus St. Louis with a 1.44 GAA.

Last Updated: 5/24/2018 12:54:18 AM EST

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