The first half of this shortened National Hockey League season has been fairly successful for the St. Louis Blues. They are 10-6-2 as they head into a game with the still unbeaten Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago is going to be looking to add to their NHL record and make it 20 straight games to start the season without a regulation loss, so this is a chance for the Blues to show the league and their rivals that they are a team to watch.
St. Louis is scoring the sixth-most goals per game in the NHL and boasts the league’s best power play, scoring over 30% of the time. Those are great numbers for any team, and the atmosphere in St. Louis will be like that of a playoff game. It is going to be up to players like Alexander Steen, who has 11 points in 11 games in February, to step up and put pressure on Chicago. If St. Louis is smart, they will also start Jaroslav Halak in net. Halak is 4-0-1 this season with a 1.70 goals against average. He could become the one goalie to stop the Blackhawks enough for one game to give them their first regulation loss. If St. Louis is serious about wanting a Stanley Cup this season, this has to be a game where they play like it is Game 7 of the finals.