Hawks set to face revamped Blues on CSN

Hawks set to face revamped Blues on CSN
April 4, 2013, 12:00 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks will face another division rival tonight as they take on the St. Louis Blues. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00.

The Blackhawks may have come out of Monday's matchup against the Predators with two points under their belt, but the team felt the victory was a disappointment. After holding a 2-0 lead and 27-11 edge in shots on goal at the end of the second period, the Hawks allowed their opponent to tie the game and take it to a shootout.

The lesson here: Chicago's third-period play needed improvement.

"It’s a reoccurring theme lately with teams coming at us hard in the third period," captain Jonathan Toews said following the game. "We have to make sure it’s our best period going forward. That’s gotta be at the forefront of our mindset."

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Tonight the Blackhawks will work to apply that message to their game as they face off against St. Louis.

The Blues (18-14-2) defeated the Wild on Monday, ending a three-game skid. St. Louis is currently tied with Nashville as the Western Conference's No. 8 seed, and the team still remains in a very tight race with Edmonton and Columbus as they fight to see playing time past April 27.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (19 goals, 24 assists), Toews (17 goals, 19 assists), Marian Hossa (13 goals, 10 assists)

Blues: Chris Stewart (15 goals, 14 assists), Alexander Steen (six goals, 16 assists), David Perron (nine goals, 13 assists)

Trade deadline acquisitions

Blackhawks: Chicago acquired Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks on Monday in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. The 6-foot-5 forward will provide size for the Hawks, as well as some help on faceoffs. He joined his new team at practice on Wednesday and will lace up tonight at the United Center.

Blues: St. Louis has been a bit busier, adding defensemen Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester to add some depth to their blue line. Leopold recorded two goals and six assists this year with the Sabres, while Bouwmeester tallied six goals and nine assists with the Flames. Both will join their new team tonight in Chicago.

Where's Bollig?

As Brandon Bollig tweeted Thursday, he'll "come out of hiding." After being sent back down to Rockford, No. 52 was recalled by the Blackhawks and rejoined his teammates at Wednesday's practice.


-- Hossa will rejoin the Blackhawks tonight after being sidelined with an upper-body injury. Patrick Sharp said Wednesday he still needs more time off the ice as he recuperates from a shoulder injury.

-- Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight for the Blackhawks.

Join the conversation during tonight's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and keep up with the latest team-related social media trends on Blackhawks Pulse.