NBC continues its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the St. Louis Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scottrade Center at 12:30 pm ET today. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game online.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to conclude their season-high seven game road trip on a winning note when they visit their Central Division rivals from St. Louis.
The Blackhawks are 3-3-0 on the trip and coming off a 2-1 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
The two teams split the first two games in the season series with the Blues winning 3-2 on home ice Oct. 25 and the Blackhawks picking up a 4-1 win at the United Center on Dec. 3.
Corey Crawford is expected to get the start for Chicago. He is 12-3-2 with a 1.72 G.A.A. in his 17 meetings (playoffs included) with St. Louis. Crawford picked up his 20th win of the season on Friday, but has yet to face the Blues this season.
Brian Elliott, who was pulled in Friday’s game, is scheduled to start for St. Louis. He made 22 saves in the win during the first meeting between the two teams. Elliott is 3-1-0 with a 2.04 G.A.A. in his last five games against the Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane is hot for the Blackhawks. The 26-year-old is tied for the league-lead in points (58) along with Tyler Seguin and Jakub Voracek. Kane’s 26 goals this season are four shy of his career-high set during the 2009-10 season. Kane has scored or assisted on half of the Blackhawks’ 20 goals in the past eight games.
Kane has also been hot against St. Louis. He has seven points in his last four regular season meetings with the Blues including a two-goal performance in the December victory.
The Blues are hot at home. Since Nov. 11, St. Louis has just one regulation loss (15-1-2) on home ice is are 8-0-1 in their past nine home games.
The two clubs will meet twice in April to conclude the season series.
Curious situation in Washington — after Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 win over Ottawa last night, the Caps look like they’re turning to Philipp Grubauer, not Justin Peters, in the second of a back-to-back tonight against Anaheim.
Grubauer, who has spent all of this season in AHL Hershey, hasn’t played in the NHL since March of last season but has shown well in the past — posting a .925 save percentage and 2.38 GAA last year.
Peters, meanwhile, has struggled in his first year in Washington, going 2-5-1 with a 3.58 GAA and .870 save percentage. The 28-year-old has only played twice since the calendar turned to 2015, allowing five goals on 26 shots in a loss to Dallas and four goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Blues on Sunday.
As for Anaheim, no word yet on who gets the start tonight.
Leafs at Devils: James Reimer vs. Cory Schneider
Blues at Blue Jackets: Brian Elliott vs. Curtis McElhinney
‘Hawks at Jets: Corey Crawford vs. Michael Hutchinson
Pens at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.
Blues, Islanders made some franchise history tonight
Anyway, the Islanders broke a three-game losing streak and ended the Philadelphia Flyers’ four-game winning run via a shootout victory tonight. They also tied their best start in 51 games played as they’ve won 33 times, tying a mark they set during the beginning of their golden era in 1978-79.
.@NYIslanders (33-17-1, 67 PTS) leapfrogged PIT for 1st in Metropolitan Division. Their 33 wins in 51 GP equal a franchise record (1978-79).
Pekka Rinne will start in goal for Nashville — for the first time since Jan. 19 — when the Preds host the Ducks tonight at Bridgestone.
Rinne, the NHL’s wins leader (29), had been playing at a Vezina- and Hart-worthy level prior to suffering a sprained knee three weeks ago, posting a .931 save percentage and 1.96 GAA. While Nashville did well in his absence (Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec combined to go 4-2-2), Rinne’s return will be a massive boost, especially against a Ducks team that’s tied on 72 points with the Preds, but trails in the standings because of the regulation wins tiebreaker.
For Anaheim, Frederik Andersen will get the start in goal.
Blues at Sabres: Jake Allen vs. Jhonas Enroth
Isles at Flyers: Jaroslav Halak vs. Steve Mason
Caps at Sens: Braden Holtby vs. Robin Lehner
Kings at Panthers: Roberto Luongo for Florida, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.
Bolts at Stars: Andrei Vasilevskiy for Tampa Bay, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.
Wings at Avs: Petr Mrazek for Detroit, no word on a Colorado starter.
‘Canes at Coyotes: Cam Ward vs. Mike Smith
Sharks at Canucks: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.