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National Hockey League
Preview
Chicago at St. Louis
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 19, 2014
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

In the minds of many, the St. Louis Blues went from the penthouse to the outhouse in record time as they concluded the regular season mired in a six-game losing streak. After winning a triple-overtime marathon in the first-round series opener, the Blues look to elevate their standing once again when they host Game 2 against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon. Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third extra session as St. Louis skated to a 4-3 triumph on Thursday in the longest game in franchise history.

"We needed it for confidence," goaltender Ryan Miller said after stopping 39 shots - including all 35 over the final 82:02 of the contest. "I think we needed it to show that stretch we had to finish the season is behind us." Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews made triumphant returns for Chicago, as the former scored on a breakaway late in the first period after being set up by latter. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Kane overcame a left knee injury to play in his first game since March 19, while Toews competed in his initial contest since being leveled by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Coach Joel Quenneville apologized for his below-the-belt gesture that was viewed on national television and replayed liberally throughout social media. "It wasn't appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part," Quenneville said of his crotch-grabbing incident, which was reviewed by the NHL on Friday and earned the veteran coach a $25,000 fine. Quenneville became quite animated after officials denied an apparent delay-of-game penalty against St. Louis midway through the second overtime. A penalty would have given Chicago a 5-on-3 advantage for 36 seconds.

ABOUT THE BLUES: After seeing captain David Backes (foot), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) and Brenden Morrow (foot) return from injury for Game 1, St. Louis may have the services of T.J. Oshie on Saturday. The United States Olympian has been sidelined since April 10 with a head injury after absorbing a brutal hit from Minnesota's Mike Rupp. Oshie reportedly was said to be energetic during Friday's optional skate and was joined on the ice by Patrik Berglund (shoulder), who also is expected to be a game-time decision.

OVERTIME

1. Chicago D Duncan Keith logged 40:59 of ice time on Thursday, the second-longest total of his career. He set a career high of 48:40 against Boston in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final last season.

2. St. Louis failed on all four power-play opportunities in Game 1 and is 2-for-29 in April.

3. Toews notched two assists, won 21-of-32 faceoffs and recorded 32:37 of ice time, the most among Blackhawks forwards in Game 1.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Blues 2

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 46-21-8-8 L3 27-7-2-5 19-14-6-3 3-0-0-0 43-21-8-8 13-13-2-2
St. Louis 53-23-4-3 W1 29-9-3-1 24-14-1-2 6-5-0-0 47-18-4-3 ---
Last Meeting
Chicago St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/17/14 CHI 3 STL 4 (OT) 42 48 1-6 52 39 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago B. Seabrook 2
St. Louis D. Backes 1
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Kane 1
St. Louis A. Cracknell 1
Assists Player  
Chicago J. Toews 2
St. Louis D. Backes 1
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 48
St. Louis R. Miller 39
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Sharp 82
St. Louis A. Steen 65
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Sharp 36
St. Louis A. Steen 35
Assists Player  
Chicago D. Keith 55
St. Louis A. Pietrangelo 46
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 1502
St. Louis B. Elliott 660
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  St. Louis Def
3.18 GF
2.3 GA
33.2 Shots
26.6 Shots
51 PP
43 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Chicago Def
2.93 GF
2.6 GA
29.6 Shots
27.5 Shots
56 PP
46 PK