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Chicago 3-7-2 in past 12 games; Steen set for return to St. Louis lineup

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (12-14-6) at BLUES (19-8-6)



The Game

Alexander Steen will return to the lineup for the St. Louis Blues when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

The forward, who has missed the past 16 games because of a left high ankle sprain, has five assists in 17 games this season for the Blues, who are 1-3-0 in their past four games following a four-game winning streak.

The Blackhawks, who look to end a three-game winless streak (0-2-1), are 3-7-2 in their past 12 games.

Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 62 points (24 goals, 38 assists) in 63 games against St. Louis.

Blues center Tyler Bozak will be playing in his 700th NHL game; he has 415 points (152 goals, 263 assists).


They said it

"Considering the fact that we haven't been getting the results, I think the morale is pretty good. Ultimately, the way to get the results is to get better. We have to improve and that's been our focus." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"I think the last week to 10 days was a little bit more frustrating than the start. I think I was getting really close. It just couldn't get over that last thing, but I feel good and ready to go tonight, so I'm excited." -- Blues forward Alexander Steen

Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Dominik Kubalik

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Ryan Carpenter

Alex Nylander -- Kirby Dach -- Matthew Highmore

Olli Maatta -- Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Dennis Gilbert -- Adam Boqvist

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dylan Sikura, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Duncan Keith (groin), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (shoulder), Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol)

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou

Alexander Steen -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Ivan Barbashev -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Oskar Sundqvist

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Zach Sanford, Niko Mikkola

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body)


Status report

Keith has been skating in Chicago, Colliton said. ... Gunnarsson was placed on injured reserve Friday and Mikkola, a defenseman, was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League to take his spot on the roster but will not play. ... Sanford, who has completed concussion protocol, will be a healthy scratch. ... Steen will go in for Brouwer. ... Binnington will face the Blackhawks for the first time. 


Stat pack

Kubalik has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. ... Toews has four points (two goals, two assists) during his past three games. ... Thomas has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Schenn needs two points for 400 in the NHL.

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