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Preview: Blues vs. Blackhawks

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski


When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at

Alexander Steen (ankle) will return and Zach Sanford (upper-body) is healthy enough to play but won't on Saturday when the St. Louis Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks at Enterprise Center.

Steen's return is a welcome one for the Blues, who are still without Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) and Sammy Blais (wrist). On Friday, the team learned they would also be without Carl Gunnarsson, who was injured in Thursday's 4-2 win against Vegas and was placed on injured reserve.

Despite the injuries, the Blues remained in first place in the Western Conference as of Friday afternoon with a 19-8-6 record (44 points).

The Chicago Blackhawks will be making their first appearance of the season at Enterprise Center on Saturday. Chicago has lost three straight games (0-2-1) and currently sits in last place in the Central Division with a 12-14-6 record (30 points).

"We're giving up really easy chances and we're having to work hard for ours, and it's not good combination," Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner said after Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. "We're giving up way too much, and it's a hard climate to defend in right now for everyone."

Chicago is 3-7-2 in its last 12 games and are without defenseman Duncan Keith, who has a groin injury. Defenseman Calvin de Haan was also placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

In the first meeting between the teams this season, Jake Allen posted his 20th career shutout in a 4-0 win at United Center. The Blues have earned points in six of their last seven games against the Blackhawks (3-1-3) and are 3-1-1 in the last five meetings at Enterprise Center.

Video: Blues host Blackhawks on Saturday night


- Brayden Schenn has a four-game point streak (three goals, three assists)

- Ryan O'Reilly has eight points in his last seven games (two goals, six assists)

- Alex Pietrangelo has five points in his last four games (one goal, four assists)

- David Perron has seven points in his last eight games (three goals, four assists)

- Jaden Schwartz has five points in his last six games (two goals, three assists)



Tyler Bozak is expected to play in his 700th career game on Saturday… The Blues are 6-1-1 against the Central Division this season… Ivan Barbashev has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games… Oskar Sundqvist, who returned after missing six games with an injury on Thursday, has 10 points in his last 10 games (six goals, four assists).


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