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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Blues - Feb. 25, 2020

Chicago, St. Louis meet for third time this season

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 7 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSN RADIO: WGN Radio 720 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

The Blackhawks and Blues square off for the third time this season as the Central Division foes meet on Tuesday night in St. Louis.


TEAM RECORDS

CHI: 27-27-8, 62 PTS
STL: 36-17-10, 82 PTS


LAST TIME OUT

Chicago fell to the Dallas Stars, 2-1, on Sunday with Dominik Kubalik scoring his 26th goal of the season and Corey Crawford stopping a penalty shot and making 31 saves in the contest.

St. Louis picked up its fourth straight victory on Sunday evening, 4-1 over the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul behind a two-point night from Oskar Sundqvist (1G, 1A) and 32 saves from Jordan Binnington.

The Blackhawks and Blues match up for the third of four meetings this season, with Chicago holding a 0-2-0 record. The Blues took a 4-0 win at the United Center on Dec. 2 and a 4-3 victory in St. Louis 10 days later on Dec. 14. Brandon Saad (2G) and Jonathan Toews (2A) pace the Blackhawks against the Blues. 


LINEUP NOTES

Crawford will start in net and Nick Seeler will return to the lineup in place of Lucas Carlsson on the blue line.

The Blackhawks did not take line rushes during morning skate, but here's a projected look at the forward lines and D pairings:

Kubalik - Toews - Caggiula
Saad - Carpenter - Kane
DeBrincat - Dach - Strome
Highmore - Kampf - Nylander

Keith - Koekkoek
Seeler - Murphy
Maatta - Boqvist


CROW'S NEST

Crawford stopped his 14th career penalty shot on Sunday against Dallas. Since he entered the league in in 2005-06, the netminder's 87.5 percent (14-of-16) penalty-shot save percentage is the highest in the NHL (min. 15 penalty shots faced).

He registered a season-high 42 saves in Friday evening's victory over the Predators, eclipsing a previous high of 40 stops on two occasions (Nov. 2 at LAK, Feb. 1 at ARI). Crawford's .939 save percentage since Jan. 15 shares third in the league, while his 2.09 goals-against average is eighth over that span (min. five appearances).


KANE'S REIGN

Patrick Kane recorded his 50th assist of the year on Kubalik's goal, the sixth time Kane has reached the 50-assist mark in his career. Only Denis Savard (9) and Stan Mikita (8) have recorded more 50-assist seasons with the Blackhawks. Kane posted a career-high 66 helpers last season, the sixth most by an NHL skater.

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