The Blues have a tough next couple days with Chicago tonight, San Jose Thursday and Chicago Saturday. Commence binge drinking...now.
In case you haven't been paying attention, the Hawks are leading the Central Division and continue to jockey for position with the San Jose Sharks for first overall in the conference. That's worth a shot of hard liquor right there.
You might remember the last time the Blues played the Hawks it was the day Davis Payne was introduced as the Blues' interim head coach. It was not a pretty outcome. They pretty much had their way with the Blues and didn't leave any money on the nightstand after it was all over.
I could make fun of the shirtless pictures of Patrick Kane and some of his teammates in the back of a limo and try to compare them to characters on the Jersey Shore. But that would mean I'd have to learn more about the Jersey Shore, really driving me to drink.
Chris Mason is in net for the Blues tonight with Cristobal Huet for Chicago, according to Jeremy Rutherford. Alex Steen is a game-time decision after taking a puck off his foot. B.J. Crombeen did not travel to Chicago for the game tonight.
We've written about how the rivalry is back for the Blues and the Blackhawks with both teams seemingly on the upswing (the Blues are on the upswing, right?) and St. Louis employing an overly physical game plan to counter the young talent suited up for Chicago. It's led to hard feelings and even harder punches to the cranium on both sides. Hopefully the Blues find their game and take it to Chicago. It would be nice to exact some revenge for the welcome to the NHL the Hawks gave Payne Jan. 2.
For the record, I am not a fan of deep dish pizza and therefore not a fan of Chicago-style pies. But I must admit to being intrigued by a pizza at Gino's East that features one giant piece of sausage the size of the entire pizza. The idea makes me hungry while I reach for my Lipitor.
This is your game day thread. Anyone from Chicago, welcome. We may curse at you a bit, but it's all in good fun. Probably. Somewhat. Regardless we'll be ready to drink beer with you Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.
Get to work, slackers.