Hossa along with linemates Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad have combined for nine goals and eight assists in the four games
“I think right now Johnny, me and (Saad) we’re having lots of chances so we just continue to put the puck at the net,” said Hossa. “We try to do more things obviously when you have more confidence the puck is with you and you try to do a little more.
“At the same time, you try to keep things simple and put the puck at the net.”
The Blackhawks remain four points back of St. Louis for second spot in the Central Division. The Blues also have a game in hand.
Quenneville is keeping his expectations realistic with 26 games remaining.
“We always think we’d love to be in first place in our division, a lot comes with that, but at the same time, we’ve got to shoot for reality, and that’d be St. Louis,” he said. “And we’ve got work to do.”
Dmitrij Jaskin has been having a nice run lately for the St. Louis Blues. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Blues employ some impressive forwards to support him, with Alexander Steen being among the standouts.
The stretch pass Steen sent to Jaskin was a work of art on Thursday:
The Blues have largely been taking it to the Tampa Bay Lightning so far tonight. We’ll see if that carries over through the remainder of the game.
Update: St. Louis won in an impressive fashion by a tune of 6-3.
John Gibson will make his first start since Oct. 30 when the Ducks take on the ‘Canes in Carolina tonight.
Gibson, who burst onto the scene last year and appeared in four playoff games, started this season with Anaheim but has spent much of the last three months in AHL Norfolk (though he was shelved for a while with injury.)
A recent injury to Frederik Andersen — he’ll miss the next three games while on IR with an upper-body injury — and Ilya Bryzgalov’s spotty play in relief paved the way for the 21-year-old Gibson to make his return; it’ll be interesting to see if he can improve on his numbers from limited work earlier in the season (Gibson is 2-2-0 on the year, with a 2.65 GAA and .915 save percentage.)
For the ‘Canes, Cam Ward gets the start in goal.
Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Jaroslav Halak
Oilers at Habs: Viktor Fasth vs. Dustin Tokarski
Pens at Sens: Thomas Greiss vs. Robin Lehner
Blues at Bolts: Brian Elliott for St. Louis, Ben Bishop likely for Tampa Bay.
Jets at Preds: Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville, no word yet on a Winnipeg starter.
Panthers at Wild: Roberto Luongo vs. Devan Dubyk
Rangers at Avs: Cam Talbot for New York, no word yet on a Colorado starter.
Flames at Kings: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.
Hitchcock gets win No. 692, tying him for fourth on all-time list
The St. Louis Blues held on to beat the Arizona Coyotes by a final score of 2-1, and Ken Hitchcock picked up another milestone victory in his coaching career, moving right alongside Dick Irvin Sr for fourth on the all-time list.
The victory was No. 692 for Hitch, tying Dick Irvin Sr. for fourth all-time in regulation wins. #nhl#stlblues
Dmitrij Jaskin scored the winning goal, and the seventh of this season, just past the midway point of the second period. He also had five hits. His backhand off the rush somehow found room and got by Mike Smith, just trickling over the goal line.