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Road Music: 10/18 @ Chicago Blackhawks

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The first road trip of the season has been a bummer, to say the least. Tonight the Blues fly into Chicago with the extra baggage of a 2-game losing streak. Not only that, the loss in Dallas was particularly tough to take - I don't believe that the Blues played particularly poorly. They got off to a good start, jumping to a 2-goal lead. The PK was great, not allowing any Dallas PP goals. The Blues outshot the Stars 43-25, and seemed to dominate the puck possession game as well. Yet, despite so many things going right, there was enough wrong to leave a point behind in Dallas.

And now our boy(e)s face Chicago. The Hawks winning the Cup - it still just doesn't seem real. I guess what they say is true:

Even The Losers / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The Enemy: The Chicago bandwagon is still riding high (and probably shirtless) from the Cup win last season. As predicted, the team then had to dump a lot of salary in order to fit under the cap again. In all, Shitcago shipped out 9 players within the league, and then sent Huet to Europe. Nevertheless, the core of the team still remains. After opening with an underwhelming 1-2-1 record, the 'Hawks have won two in a row. Confidence is high again in the Windy City. It would sure be a lot of fun to see our team puncture that confidence.

Further Reading:

Puck Daddy's Season Preview of the Chicago Blackhawks

Second City Hockey

Blues vs Blackhawks coverage

Broadcast Notes: The game is on the usual outlets (FoxSports MidWest for TV, KMOX 1120 for Radio). Check the comments for web streams. I didn't catch it, but I heard Bobby Plager was in the radio booth for the last game.

This is your pre-game thread. Puck drops at 7:30, and the GDT drops at about the same time. Until then, sit back, relax, curse Mondays, and reflect back on a beautiful moment in the history of Blues vs Turco: