Blackhawks-Blues: Time for a rematch

Blackhawks-Blues: Time for a rematch
October 17, 2013, 8:15 am
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Nina Falcone

After recording a 3-2 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes the Tuesday, the Blackhawks returned home and will host the St. Louis Blues tonight at the United Center. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live. 

The Blackhawks are only six games into the regular season, but it's already time for a rematch.

The defending Stanley Cup champions fell in a 3-2 loss last week in St. Louis and will now host the Blues inside the United Center.

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The Blues got off to a hot start this season and just suffered their first loss on Tuesday night to the undefeated San Jose Sharks. But their 6-2 loss wasn't what made headlines — it was Maxin Lapierre's ugly hit on Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.

The hit from behind left Boyle unresponsive before he was brought into San Jose's locker room. The Blues forward is now scheduled for an in-person hearing — meaning he will be dealt a minimum five-game suspension — and will not be joining his teammates on the ice tonight inside the United Center.

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Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (4G, 1A), Brandon Saad (2G, 3A), Patrick Sharp (1G, 3A), Duncan Keith (4A), Niklas Hjalmarsson (4A)

Blues: Alexander Steen (4G, 4A), Derek Roy (2G, 4A), David Backes (4G, 2A), Alex Pietrangelo (5A), Vladimir Tarasenko (4G, 1A)

Goaltender matchup

Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks. Crawford's posted a 2.33 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage this season.

Jaroslav Halak will get the start for St. Louis. Throughout the Blues' first five games this season, Halak has recorded nearly identical numbers to Crawford's with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.