The Chicago Blackhawks are riding high after Petr Mrazek guided the team to a shutout victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Mrazek was brilliant as he stopped 37 shots.
The St. Louis Blues are next up on the schedule for the Hawks. The team has a chance to accomplish a feat they have not done this season. They can also do something they rarely do against the Blues.
The Chicago Blackhawks will attempt yet again to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
The lack of stringing together victories is one reason the Hawks are dead last in the NHL. They are on a two-game point streak after they forced overtime against Nashville before beating the Ducks. The Blackhawks failed to get the second point as they lost the shootout against the Predators.
Last season tanking was acceptable. This year the hope was the Blackhawks would be doing better in the standings with Connor Bedard on the team.
While Bedard has been great, the rest of the team has varied between inconsistent and bad. The Hawks’ struggle to win shows that there is a lot more work to be done in reshaping the roster to be a contender.
The Chicago Blackhawks have not defeated the St. Louis Blues a lot lately.
The Blues are 8-1-1 against the Hawks over the last 10 matchups. The Blues have outscored the Blackhawks 34-17.
The Blues jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead the last time these two rivals faced each other as St. Louis would go onto a 4-2 win at home.
The Blues have replaced the Detroit Red Wings as the Hawks’ most hated rival since they are still in the same division and conference.
It has been hard watching the Blues dominate this rivalry. St. Louis is 15-7 against the Blackhawks since the 2017-18 season.
The Blues managed to win their first Stanley Cup during that period. They are nowhere near a championship now, but they are still making this a one-sided rivalry. The Hawks can start to reverse that trend with a victory at the United Center.