Chicago Blackhawks vs St Louis Blues

The Chicago Blackhawks’ six-game winning streak has been built on a foundation of a potent 1-2 punch involving reigning Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews. The strong goaltending of Corey Crawford is not to be gone unnoticed either. The Blackhawks look to continue their good fortune on all fronts and avenge a season-opening loss to the St Louis Blues. The Central Division rivals meet at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (Enter Contest).

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (9-3-1) 

The Hawks’ top pair (Kane & Toews) is arguably the best within the past half decade and there is no sign of slowing down from them. Kane collected three goals and five assists during the winning streak. Toews answered his traditional slow start out of the blocks to record of eight points. Veteran Marian Hossa set up a goal before scoring in overtime in a 4-3 win over Dallas on Sunday to increase his point total to seven (five goals, two assists) in his last six games and 1,100 in his decorated career. New linemate Artem Anisimov also tallied to extend his career-high point streak to 11 games, but he was held off the scoresheet in Chicago’s 5-2 setback against St. Louis on October 12.

Crawford yielded three goals in that contest to fall to 14-5-5 lifetime versus the St Louis Blues but has stopped 164-of-169 shots while posting two shutouts during the Blackhawks’ current winning streak. Rookie Tyler Motte is expected to miss three weeks with a lower-body injury.

ABOUT THE BLUES (7-4-2)

Goalie Jake Allen permitted nine goals in a two-game stretch before stopping 22-of-23 shots in a 5-1 victory over visiting Colorado on Sunday. The 26-year-old New Brunswick native has played significantly better at home than on the road. He posted a 3-0-1 record with a 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage at Scottrade Center as opposed to 2-3-1 mark with a 3.42 GAA and .864 save percentage away from the Gateway City. Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded two goals and an assist in the first meeting with the Blackhawks this season. Tarasenko has collected 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in as many career encounters with the division rivals. Mired in a five-game point drought, 2012 top overall pick Nail Yakupov is expected to be a healthy scratch for the third straight game. It’s a decision that hasn’t pleased the Russian too much.

An upper-body injury to Joel Edmundson will send fellow defenseman Petteri Lindbohm into the lineup. He’s has been recalled from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League just two day’s ago. The Blues scored three power-play goals in the first meeting with the Blackhawks but are just 1-for-21 in their last six games.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks

NHL Fantasy Preview

The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks this Sunday evening at the Rogers Arena. This NHL Fantasy preview is brought to you by FanPicks and WIN up to a $1 million with only $1 when you play in our NHL Magic Million promo contest at FanPicks.com

NHL Fantasy Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are in a position where 1 point against the Canucks will let them clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. This could be their 8th straight trip to the playoffs and are more concerned about not finding themselves in a wild-card spot. They currently trail the Dallas Stars and the St-Louis Blues by 6 pts in the Central Division while being 2 pts ahead of the 4th place Nashville Predators. They’re coming into this game off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. They still have a few injuries’ to cop with including their star goalie Corey Crawford, who’s not going to be present during the Blackhawks’ 4 game road trip.

 

The Vancouver Canucks where eliminated from the playoffs when they got smoked by the St-Louis Blues on Friday night 4-0. The Canucks will simply try to focus on improving their game and input from younger players since the remainder of the season doesn’t mean muc. They’ve been fighting against injuries and irregularities in their lineup. They’ve been going through a very tough time, having lost now 7 straight games including 4 shutout losses in their past 5 games. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 27 goals, its highest total since his 30 goal campaign of 2011-2012, has only scored once in during the last 7 games.

 

HERE are the Projected Lineups:

 

BLACKHAWKS

 

Andrew Ladd – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane

Tomas Fleischmann – Teuvo Teravainen – Dale Weise

Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw

 

CANUCKS

 

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem

Chris Higgins – Linden Vey – Jake Virtanen

Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alexandre Burrows

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

With six NHL games on this evening, we present to you our daily fantasy hockey value picks.

Value Picks

Casey Cizikis ($3900) – The gritty centerman has found the scoresheet in all but two of his last ten games (8 points), so regardless of the matchup it’s great value. He doesn’t play the most minutes, or have the most talent, but he always brings his lunch pail to work and brings it for his teammates. John Tavares is definitely a big target today, but don’t be afraid to stack these Islanders. They haven’t played since March 3rd and Henrik Lundqvist is out with a neck injury. These “New York, New York” games get intense, and when push comes to shove Cizikis is always around.

Devante Smith-Pelly ($4100) – How quickly did those tears dry up? Devante Smith-Pelly delivered a heart-felt interview during a media scrum on trade deadline day, shedding more than a few tears before making his departure from Montreal.  He didn’t bring it every night the way the coach wanted him too so he barely played. All of a sudden he lands in New Jersey, plays 15 and 18 minutes, and has 2 goals and 1 assist (2 games). Maybe feeling like he is actually an important piece of the on-ice product has brought out the best in the bruising forward, nevertheless, at $4100 it’s worth riding the hot hand.

Christian Ehrhoff ($3600) – Since the trade to the mighty Blackhawks the mobile defenseman has seen a major bump in ice-time, not to mention the quality of his teammates. He has recorded 7 shots over the past 2 games, as many as he had in the 8 prior.

They use him to QB their powerplay, and it seems to have opened things up for everybody down low. The freshly acquired Andrew Ladd parks himself in front, and Ehrhoff blasts them from the point while the more talented players (Kane, Toews, Panarin) use the open space to execute more effectively.

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