Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday Vs. St. Louis | Wgn-tv

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Louis won the first matchup between these clubs this season, 3-2. Including the postseason, the Blues have lost each of their last five road games against Chicago. * The Blackhawks have won six of their last seven games and will be looking to extend their current winning streak to a season-high fourth consecutive game. Chicago boasts the best penalty-kill percentage in the NHL this season (91.3) and has allowed the fewest goals with the man advantage (6). * The Blues have won two straight and four of their last five games overall and will be looking to extend their current road winning streak to four in a row. St. Louis owns the second-best power-play percentage among Western Conference teams this season (22.9). * Patrick Kane has five multi-point performances in his last seven games, producing 12 points (5g, 7a) in those seven contests. Kane has 38 points (13g, 25a) in his career against St. Louis the second-most points in his career against any opponent (40 vs. Dallas). * Brad Richards has scored three goals in his last two games after lighting the lamp a total of just three times in his first 22 contests of the season. source:

Brodeur set to make Blues debut in Nashville

St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur heads to the ice before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Chicago. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur heads to the ice before an… Central-Harding suspended after gun shots Page 1 of 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Martin Brodeur , the NHL’s goalie leader in games, wins and shutouts, is back. This time with the St. Louis Blues instead of the New Jersey Devils . The 42-year-old Brodeur started Thursday night against the Nashville Predators , joining St. Louis after Brian Elliott was sidelined by a knee injury. source:

Brodeur starts in net for Blues vs. Predators – NewsTimes

St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur heads to the ice before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Chicago. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP / AP

“There weren’t a lot of Grade-A opportunities for us. They were pretty quick to defense and shutting things down. We can be better, but we couldn’t catch them,” Laviolette said. Nashville got a tying goal late in the second period Nov. 13 in St. Louis but the Blues’ Paul Stastny scored the lone one in the third in his team’s 4-3 victory. The four goals match the most given up this season by Pekka Rinne, 16-4-1 with a 1.83 goals-against average. James Neal had the tiebreaking goal in the final period and an assist in the Predators’ 2-1 victory at the Scottrade Center on Nov. 8, but he doesn’t have a point in his last seven contests. Neal has four goals and three assists in his last seven games against St. Louis. The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko has three goals and five assists in his last six matchups with Nashville. source:

Brodeur to make Blues debut Thursday | St. Louis

The Blues were determined to get Brodeur in for one of their next two games. Hell be available for selection relatively soon, said general manager Doug Armstrong on Tuesday. Ken (Hitchcock) and I have talked and we will get Marty in a game relatively soon. Thats certainly up to the coach. Brodeur, 42, will step in to give rookie Jake Allen a rest. It appears that it might have been the Blues intention all along to play Brodeur on Thursday, but that idea was cemented after Allen let in four goals against Chicago on Wednesday. The future Hall of Famer was a part of three Stanley Cup-winning teams in New Jersey. He said he still has the desire to play and win. I just want to have fun, Brodeur said. I have nothing to prove to myself. I just want to enjoy the winning way like I was able to do in New Jersey for a long time. Its so much fun playing hockey when you win and I want to get that back. Brodeurs first test with the Blues will be a big one. The Predators are tied with the Blues atop the Central Division and have been one of the hottest teams 25 games into the season. source:

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts’ Week 8 Poll | Bleacher Report

Big Picture:Vancouver was a good team for years before last season’s debacle under John Tortorella; therefore it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the club looking like a good team once again. The question now is whether this is just a good team or the kind that can legitimately contend for a championship. By the Numbers:Here’s a fun stat, courtesy of the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle : Canucks centre Nick Bonino has 19 even-strength points on the year, which puts him one ahead of Sidney Crosby . Of course, Crosby has the edge in power-play points by a 15-0 margin. Graig Abel/Getty Images Last Week:14 Recent Trend:The Wings have won four straight games and six of their last seven; no team in the NHL currently holds a longer active winning streak. Big Picture:One of these years, the tired old Red Wings are going to fall off the map. But that day is not yet upon us; a franchise that has defined excellence in the NHL for better than a decade continues to put put out a quality product. They may or may not be championship contenders, but then we haven’t seen what a healthy Detroit team can do in the postseason for a few years, either. By the Numbers:Detroit has no glaring weaknesses. The penalty kill is excellent, ranked top-five in the NHL. The power play is clicking at better than a 20 percent conversion rate. At even strength, the Wings are outscoring the opposition at a nearly 6-to-5 ratio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Last Week:8 Recent Trend:The Penguins won three of four games last week and are now 6-2-1 over their last nine contests. Big Picture:By virtue of games played and regulation/overtime wins, Pittsburgh technically sits first in the NHL, though in terms of straight points the club is tied with five other teams for that honour. It’s not surprising to see the Penguins in that spot; this is a team that should be contending for a championship each and every year. By the Numbers:Three of the league’s top 10 scorers currently play for the Penguins. source:


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