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First Round Match up: Blues vs Blackhawks

In this match up we have the 3rd seed perennial cup contending Blackhawks versus the second seed St. Louis Blues that just can’t figure out the playoffs. The last time these teams met in the playoff was in the 2013-14 first round with Chicago knocking of the Blues 4-2. This series is an interesting one it could either be lopsided if St. Louis’s goaltending implodes like last years or it could go the other way if Chicago’s fatigue finally catches up with them.

The St. Louis Blues hold home ice advantage for this series

Broadcast schedule:

Wed Apr 13, 2016 Blackhawks Blues 8:30 PM FS-MW, NBCSN, TVAS, SN360
Fri Apr 15, 2016 Blackhawks Blues 7:00 PM FS-MW, NBCSN, SN, TVAS2
Sun Apr 17, 2016 Blues Blackhawks 2:00 PM NBC, TVAS, SN
Tue Apr 19, 2016 Blues Blackhawks 8:30 PM FS-MW, NBCSN, TVAS, SN
Thu Apr 21, 2016 Blackhawks Blues TBD
Sat Apr 23, 2016 Blues Blackhawks TBD
Mon Apr 25, 2016 Blackhawks Blues TBD

(via NHL.com)

St. Louis Blues

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  • 2nd in Central division
  • 2nd in Western conference
  • 49-24-9

St. Louis comes into this series following being bounced in the first round the past two years even though they had tremendous success in the regular season. Although last year the main problem with the team was goaltending as Brian Elliot has been shaky at best in the playoffs this maybe their year. With Elliot sitting at a sparkly .930 save percentage and their team as a whole being more balanced then last year. The one thing that is concerning about this team is their lack of activity at the trade deadline which may have given them more depth than they previously had if they made a move or two. This issue brings me to…

Chicago Blackhawks

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  • 3rd in Central division
  • 3rd in conference
  • 47-26-9

The Stanley cup winners from 2015 are looking to repeat this year and they should have a good shot at it. This year they’ve added Panarin, Ladd, Fleischmann, Anisimov, Weise, and Erhoff while losing Sharp, Oduya, Saad, Richards, Vermette and Raanta. Honestly the additions they’ve made while only losing a small amount of core players is staggering, Stan Bowman is some kind of genius. With the team they have put together I see no reason why they wouldn’t have a shot at repeating for the cup.

Head-To-Head:

Chicago 2-0-3

St. Louis 3-2-0

Leaders:

St.Louis:

Goals: Tarasenko- 4o

Assists: Stastny- 39

+/-: Parayko- +28

Powerplay goals: Tarasenko- 12

Goalie Wins: Allen- 26

Save percentage: Elliot- .930

Chicago:

Goals: Kane- 46

Assists: Kane- 60

+/-: Kane- +17

Powerplay goals: Kane- 17

Goalie Wins: Kane… (Kidding) Crawford- 35

Save percentage: Leighton .941 (although he only played one game)

Key Injuries:

Chicago: None

St. Louis: None

Ryan Boonstra
Heya, name's Ryan, I'm a blogger from Edmonton, Alberta and I write for FansTalkSports.com. I mainly talk about hockey related topics but am also an avid football fan (go Patriots!).
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