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GameThread for Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, Apr 27, 2013

The Blues close out the regular season against their rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. Thanks, scheduling gods.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Really, I couldn't think of a better team to end the regular season against. It'd be fun if the Blues were finishing out of the top eight, but going into the playoffs with home ice to fight for? Tonight's game is going to be a blast.

If the Blues can manage to play like they did the first period of their last game against the Hawks, tonight should be rough and tumble. The Blackhawks are playing their AHLers tonight, taking the evening off, having a cold frosty one... the Blues can't take that as an invitation to slack off. They still need to focus and play hard every single period. Not "hard" as it stupid penalty hard, but hard as in people in front of the net, folks pressuring the Hawks hard.

You know, fourth line hard. Ryan Reaves hard.

This is your game day thread. Let's end this season on a strong note. Let's roll right into the postseason at home. Let's give Brad a reason to stand around outside next week with Game Time.

Let's Go Blues.