When the St. Louis Blues met the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 19 at the Madhouse on Madison, both teams showed up with an onslaught of offense, but little to show for it.
Andy McDonald got the Blues on board in the opening seconds, only for the Blackhawks to foil St. Louis' plans in the third period with the puck-moving skills of Duncan Keith. He was good for the first goal and assist on the second goal by Dave Bolland.
With the Blues up 10 points in the standings -- 89 to 79 -- it's not entirely impossible for the Blackhawks to grab top spot in the Central, with three games against the Blues, two against the Predators and one to go against the Red Wings in the season.
The Blackhawks best bet of getting on the scoreboard firt tonight will be the even strength while the Blues possess a 9th best penalty kill.
St. Louis, under coach Ken Hitchcock, has managed to propel to first in goals against average at a staggering 1.89. Meanwhile, Chicago ranks 22nd with a 2.87 GAA.
But the offensive remains a heavy favourite advantage as Chicago's output has them at sixth best at 2.96. The Blues are 21st at 2.5 per game.
It'll be somewhate of a different scenario as Ray Emery will most likely get the nod. However, Chicago needs this one especially with the advantage of Brian Elliott apparently being benched for this one for Jaroslav Halak to get the start.
Chicago has the slight advantage riding a hot streak on their last road game of the trip, it's just a matter of executing.