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Blues look for new winning streak against reeling Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues

  1. The Blues defeated the Blackhawks in Chicago by a 4-0 score on December 2; St. Louis has not won consecutive regular-season games over the Hawks in regulation since April 2015. In the last seven meetings between the teams, the St. Louis power play is 8-for-22 while Chicago's is 2-for-15.
  2. The Blackhawks have allowed 10 goals in their last two games, dropping 5-1 and 5-2 decisions at Vegas and Arizona, respectively. Since November 29, Chicago has surrendered 4.13 goals per game (33 in eight games), second most in the NHL over that span (Detroit -- 4.50).
  3. The Blues snapped a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) with Thursday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. Each of St. Louis' last seven games and 11 of the last 13 have been decided by more than one goal; through November 15, the Blues had played 13 one goal-games, tied for the most in the league.
  4. Patrick Kane was held without a point over the Blackhawks' last two games; the team has not won a game in 2019-20 in which Kane has been held off the scoresheet (0-6-2). Chicago is 12-8-4 when Kane records a point and 6-2-0 when he picks up multiple points.
  5. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Brayden Schenn has recorded points in 10 of 12 games versus Chicago, notching six goals and 13 points. Over the last two seasons, Schenn has only three goals and is minus-8 in 18 December games.
  6. Since the start of last season, Chicago has given up 83 more goals than St. Louis, 390 to 307. St. Louis ranks fifth in the league in goals allowed per game in that span at 2.67, while Chicago ranks 29th, giving up 3.42 goals per contest.

After snapping their longest losing streak in more than a year, the St. Louis Blues hope to build new momentum when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

"You gotta change the wind in your sails somehow," Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington noted to reporters after a 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. The Blues had suffered three straight regulation losses entering that game.

"However it is, just competing in practice, doing the right thing," Binnington said. "And hopefully it'll come around, right? You can't go too far out of your way. Just stick to your game plan and believe in yourself and eventually it'll come around."

The Blackhawks have lost three games in a row and six of their last eight. They are coming off a 5-2 road loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

Injuries on the blue line have taken a toll. Cornerstone defenseman Duncan Keith has been out since Nov. 29 with a groin injury and steady defenseman Calvin de Haan went on injured reserve this week with a long-term right shoulder injury.

On the plus side, defenseman Olli Maatta returned to active duty after missing four games with flu-like symptoms.

"It's tough to see Cal go down," Maatta said about de Haan. "We've been without Duncan for a little bit but the other guys have to step up. It's not a one-man job, everybody has to play those minutes."

With Keith on the shelf, the Blackhawks have struggled in their own zone -- making big mistakes that lead to great scoring chances against them. They have allowed 13 goals in their last three games.

"We have to give ourselves a chance to be in a game," goaltender Robin Lehner said after the Coyotes loss. "What we've given up, we just give it. It's very easy chances. We have to work really hard for ours, and not the other team. It's not a good combination."

The Blues won the previous game between these Central Division rivals, 4-0, on Dec. 2 in Chicago. Jake Allen recorded a 38-save shutout and Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Bozak and Mackenzie MacEachern scored the goals.

The Blues got forward Oskar Sundqvist back from his lower-body injury Thursday night and he contributed immediately with a goal and an assist. Despite playing on the fourth line, Sundqvist created several scoring chances while setting the tempo for that victory.

"He just plays an aggressive game and he attacks," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "That's his game. That's what he does. He doesn't quit. He wills his way to everywhere on the ice. He wills his way through traffic. He wills his way to the net. He just wills goals in. That's what he does."

The Blues are getting forward Alexander Steen back from injured reserve for this game at Enterprise Center. He has been sidelined since Nov. 6 with a high ankle sprain. Austin Poganski returned to San Antonio of the AHL to make roster room for him.

Forward Zach Sanford is questionable for the game with an upper-body injury and forwards Sammy Blais (wrist surgery) and Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder surgery) are sidelined with long-term injuries.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 13, 2019

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