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Preview: Blues at Blackhawks

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford out with illness; St. Louis back after five-day break

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

BLUES (31-24-5) AT BLACKHAWKS (38-18-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


Blues team scope

The St. Louis Blues are coming off a five-day break looking to end a two-game losing streak. The Blues (67 points) are two behind the Nashville Predators for third place in the Central Division and one behind the Calgary Flames for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "My advice is that we look at what's very short and in front of us," said coach Mike Yeo, who is 7-3-0 since taking over for Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 1. "If you look at too big of a picture, and you start looking at what the other teams are doing in the standings, then you start to lose focus on ourselves. For me, it's much more about where we're at today." Forward Magnus Paajarvi, who was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Friday, will enter the lineup and Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch. Goalie Jake Allen will start for the Blues, who are 8-3-0 in their past 11 road games.


Blackhawks team scope

The Chicago Blackhawks are seeking their fourth straight win, but will not have goalie Corey Crawford, who is sick and will not dress. Scott Darling will start for the Blackhawks, who recalled Lars Johansson from Rockford of the American Hockey League to be the backup. The IceHogs played in San Diego on Saturday but Johansson is expected to arrive to United Center in time for the game. Chicago will also be without defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who is day to day with an upper-body injury and missed practice Saturday. Forward Tomas Jurco, acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, will make his Blackhawks debut.


Blues projected lineup

Alexander Steen -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz -- Patrik Berglund -- David Perron

Dmitij Jaskin -- Jori Lehtera -- Magnus Paajarvi

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Ivan Barbashev, Nail Yakupov, Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Robby Fabri (knee/ACL)

Blackhawks projected lineup

Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Tomas Jurco -- Marcus Kruger -- Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman -- Tanner Kero -- Andrew Desjardins

Duncan Keith -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell -- Michal Rozsival

Scott Darling

Lars Johansson

Scratched: Dennis Rasmussen

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body), Corey Crawford (illness), Jordin Tootoo (illness)


Status report

Hossa didn't participate in the morning skate, but Quenneville said he will play. … Waite took shots during the skate for the Blackhawks. … It's only the second time this season that Rasmussen has been a healthy scratch. His last game sitting out was Jan. 25 against the Winnipeg Jets, when he was ill.


Who's hot

Tarasenko has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in the past 13 games. Allen is 4-2-0 with 11 goals allowed and a shutout in his past six starts. … Toews has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during a five-game point streak and has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in his past 22 games. Kane has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past nine games. Panik has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. Schmaltz has six points (two goals, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

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