Let's face it: the Blues' first two games weren't tough. Sure, they were fun. Sure, they pumped up the fans. But admit it: the Predators seem to still be finding their footing and the Florida Panthers lived up to no expectations. Tonight is the first real challenge that the Blues have to face: tonight's the first time that the Chicago Blackhawks come to town.
It's a rivalry. NBCSN will be very clear in mentioning that tonight on their national broadcast of the game, which starts at 7:00. The Blackhawks have played the Blues very well in recent years, not losing a season series against them since 2000-2001. The Blues would like to turn the tables on the Hawks, but with an offence like Chicago has, they're going to have to throw everything at them.
The Hawks are 1-0-1 this season, with a 3.00 GAA and a penalty kill percentage already under 50%. They're beatable, and beating them is the only way to keep Hawks fans out of the building - not silly ticket policies.
Speaking of tickets, if you want one, go on and grab it. The NLDS starts at about the same time as tonight's game, and with a decisive game five, I think you know where most sports fans will be.
Check back later for a Lighting the Lamp, a game preview, hopefully some three questions with the fellas at Second City Hockey, and your GameDay Thread.