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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:29 am 
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ST. LOUIS -- Both the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues could have a key player returning to their lineup when the rivals play for the first time this season on Wednesday night.

The Blues have been without forward Alexander Steen for the first six games as he recovered from a broken left hand sustained in the first preseason game. Coach Mike Yeo said Tuesday that a decision on whether Steen would play against the Blackhawks would be made after the morning skate on Wednesday.

Forward Nick Schmaltz is expected to play for the Blackhawks after missing the past four games because of an apparent head injury.

Both teams are off to successful starts this season despite missing the injured players. The Blackhawks are 4-1-1, while the Blues are 4-2-0, they St. Louis lost its past two games in Florida.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Blues coach Mike Yeo are both well aware of what getting Schmaltz and Steen back will mean to their respective teams.

"There's a lot of upside, potentially, with (Schmaltz)," Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And with young players, some guys make big steps. I thought he made a big step for a stretch of games last year after he came up from (AHL) Rockford, and he showed that he could be a top player.

"This year is the year where he's showing us he wants to get to that next level. Being consistent in that area would be a great boost for our team."

Schmaltz will return to his spot centering the line of Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman. While he was out of the lineup, Kane did not have a goal and registered three assists.

"He just brings the speed up the middle," Kane told the Sun-Times about Schmaltz. "The biggest thing with that is the defenseman has to make a decision. If he wants to drop back, he's going to take (Schmaltz) away, and I get some more time and space. If he wants to come at me, then I can make that play to the middle and maybe have an odd-man rush. That's his biggest asset, obviously."

Schmaltz also is expected to help the Blackhawks on the power play, where they have scored on only four of their 27 man-advantage opportunities this season.

If he is able to play, Steen is expected to be on left wing on the Blues' top line with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko. The trickle-down effect should provide more depth on the other lines for the Blues, who have not had a goal scored by anybody on either the third or fourth line in their first six games.

"It's going to strengthen you up top, but it also strengthens you lower in the lineup," Yeo said. "It's going to do a lot of for us as far as that, but his leadership, he's a huge part of that up front. On the bench, he's a guy that's going to talk."

The Wednesday night game will be only the second home contest for the Blues, who play seven of their first nine games on the road.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:28 am 
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Hopefully the few days off they were able to refresh and regroup. Get back on track, boys.

Blues 4 (Tarasenko, Pie, Blais, Brodziak :shock: )
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Two birds with one stone: a chance to get back in the win column at the expense of the Hawks.

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Good chances there by Tarasenko and Steen on the 5 on 3. Too bad The Blues couldn't score then. I hope they won't regret that later.

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Nice shot by Jaskin! Too bad Crawford stopped it.

Nice 1st Period for The Blues leading 1-0. Could have been leading 3 or 4-0 if things went right. I hope Schwartz is okay. He was playing well, and scored a nice goal, backhander off of Taraseno's rebound.

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Nice to see Schwartz back out on the ice!

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Now,Pietrangelo goes into the boards and comes of the ice holding his back. Let's hope he's also okay.

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Great save by Allen, partially screened! Good to see Pietrangelo back, too!

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Schwartz grabs a long bank clear off the wall from Allen, and pops it in the net!!! Blues up 2-0!!!

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The Blues came to play tonight!!! Allen, Schwartz, Jaskin, Pietrangelo, Schenn, Blais, Tarasenko, Dunn..... on and on. They came out determined. Let's hope they pour it on and win going away!

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Tarasenko grabs an errant pass, turns around and wrists it in!!! Blues lead 3-0!!!

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Nice save by Allen!

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Nice kill! And Blues go on The Power Play! Let's break this game wide open!

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The Blues had some good chances on that PP, and should have gotten it to 4-0.

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This is, thus far the most dominant display of hockey I can remember seeing the Blues play in a very very long time. It should be 6 or 7 zip right now if not for Crawford. The Hawks look awful and I'm loving it.

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Crawford robs Schenn with a high glove save. Allen makes a good and lucky save on a point blank shot. And The Blues are back on The Power Play!

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Yet another good (dominating) period for The Blues. Keep it up in The 3rd!

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The Blues are dominating, leading in shots on goal, 26 to 8! All Blues!

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Schwartz in all alone with a chance for the hat trick. He hesitated, and the puck rolled on him. Beautiful pass to free him up, by Dunn! Too bad.

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Big PK now! Can't let The Hawks back in this game! Schwartz with a shorty attempt after a great block & steal by Brodziak! Great kill with no chances!

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