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Preview: Blues at Blackhawks

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT BLACKHAWKS

When: Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: United Center
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES The St. Louis Blues put five goals on Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Enterprise Center to win their third straight game and improve to 5-1-1 in the last seven.

Nathan Walker and Justin Faulk each scored their first goal as Blues while Jordan Binnington made 29 saves in Saturday's win, which moved the Blues to 17-5-6 (40 points) and furthered their lead atop the Western Conference

"We had everybody contributing tonight, which is important for sure," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after the game. "We need everybody to chip in goals, and we did that tonight."

Jaden Schwartz, Mackenzie MacEachern and Ivan Barbashev also chipped in goals for the Blues, who are without four forwards (Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen, Sammy Blais and Oskar Sundqvist) due to injury.

Robert Bortuzzo will return to the lineup Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks after serving a four-game suspension.

BLACKHAWKS A 7-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday was an "embarassing" one for his club, according to Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner, who gave up five goals on 14 shots and was relieved by Corey Crawford in the second period.

"We have to wake up, we have to turn it around," Lehner told NHL.com after the game. "It's just time to look ourselves in the mirror and do the right thing, it's what it's all about. It's on us as players to do the right thing."

"As a group we've got to commit to doing it every single shift," added Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton. "Not every shift is going to be perfect, but the intentions have to be perfect and I don't think we can say that (right now)."

A bright spot for Chicago has been Patrick Kane, who extended his point streak to 15 games with a power-play goal on Saturday night. Kane has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the streak, which is the longest in the NHL this season.

The Blackhawks, who are 1-4-1 in their last six games, currently sit last in the Central Division with 25 points.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Blackhawks

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues and Blackhawks meet Monday for the first of four meetings this season. In the last 10 games between the clubs, five have gone to overtime… The Blues are 5-1-1 against Central Division opponents this season… The Blues have points in nine straight road games (7-0-2), which is the second longest streak in franchise history. The longest, set in the 1999-2000 season, is 11 games (10-0-1)… In his last 15 starts, Jordan Binnington is 11-3-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .933 save-percentage. As of Sunday, Binnington was tied for first in the League with 13 wins… Ryan O'Reilly has points in four straight games (one goal, five assists)… David Perron has recorded a point in seven straight (three goals, five assists).

Video: Blues collide with Blackhawks at United Center

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