So the Blues are down their entire second line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen, and Andy McDonald. Pfft. The Blackhawks are out Dave Bolland. Same difference! Or not.

Listen, tempering expectations tonight wouldn't be a bad thing -- not because I expect the Blues to lose, or that any of you should expect the same thing. Rather, wouldn't it make it better if the Blues broke the Blackhawks' NHL record 19 game point streak if they weren't at full strength? Does it diminish the Blackhawks' accomplishment? Not at all. Would it be an entertaining way for the Blues to get on track at home? Absolutely.

Corey Crawford is in net tonight for the Hawks. He's played well against the Blues, allowing just two goals in the teams' previous meeting in Chicago. Last year he was 3-1 against St. Louis, with a 1.83 GAA and a .923 save percentage. At Scottrade though? Crawford is is 1-1-1 with a 3.57 GAA in St. Louis.

Jaroslav Halak has been excellent against the Blackhawks. He is a lifetime 3-0-0 against them at the Scottrade Center with a 1.00 GAA.