Well, here we are. After an 82 game regular season and six playoff games we are finally at an elimination game. This game determines the happiness or sadness of die-hard fans throughout the midwest.
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You can tune in to tonight's game on FS-Midwest/NBCSN/CBC at 7:30 p.m.
An interesting thing that Hitchcock mentioned in the press conference today was why this series has been so exciting... There is no time spent in the nuetral zone. It's either in the defensive or offensive zone. That's what makes it so fun to watch (when you win). He then went on to tell the media how he was going to watch more Barnyard Builders to prep for the game. Interesting tactic.
The last Game 7 that was held in the Scottrade Center was in 2000. So this is kind of a big deal. The only lineup change that Hitch confirmed was Joel Edmundson in for Robert Bortuzzo.
Here are the projected lines for the Blues
Jaden Schwartz-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen-Paul Stastny-Troy Brouwer
Robby Fabbri-Patrik Berglund--David Backes
Steve Ott-Kyle Brodziak-Scottie Upshall
Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson-Kevin Shattenkirk
Carl Gunnarsson-Colton Parayko
Here are the projected lines for the Blackhawks
Richard Panik-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Tomas Fleischmann
Andrew Ladd-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins-Andrew Shaw-Dale Weise
Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Erik Gustafsson-Brent Seabrook
Trevor van Riemsdyk-David Rundblad