#1 lifetime in the von shushu zhang 28.11.2018 07:30

The St. Louis Blues need to put a rough ending to the regular season behind them if they want to get past the defending Stanley Cup champions in the opening round of the playoffs. The struggling Blues hope to get back on track when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Thursdays Game 1 encounter at Scottrade Center. Heading into the final week of the regular season, St. Louis was in the running to capture the Presidents Trophy as the leagues top point-earning team. Instead, an 0-6-0 skid knocked the Blues out of first place in the Central Division, where they finished a point behind the Colorado Avalanche to earn a much-tougher first-round matchup against a Chicago team that has won two of the last four Stanley Cup titles. St. Louis went 3-2-0 in the season series against the Blackhawks, with two of those wins coming in a shootout. Chicago, though, has won seven of the 10 all- time playoff series between the Central Division rivals. While this will mark the 11th all-time playoff series for these two clubs, they are meeting for the first time since the Blues ousted the Blackhawks in five games of the 2002 conference quarterfinals. The good news for St. Louis is that it is getting healthy. Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return while forwards David Backes, Vladimir Sobotka, Brenden Morrow and Patrik Berglund are considered questionable for the start of this series. T.J. Oshie has been ruled out for the game however. "Were going to have everyone back at some point in the first round," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said on Wednesday. Ryan Miller was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline and enters this series as the No. 1 netminder for the Blues. St. Louis hopes Miller can help the club get out of the first round after it fell in six games to Los Angeles in the opening series last spring. Miller was 10-8-1 with a 2.47 goals against average and .903 save percentage in 19 starts with the Blues and is 25-22 lifetime in the postseason with a 2.47 GAA and .917 save percentage. That includes two deep runs with the Sabres in 2006 and 07. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford didnt slow down after helping Chicago win the Cup a season ago as he went 32-16-10 with a 2.26 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 59 games, including 56 starts. Crawford is 21-15 with a 2.04 GAA in the postseason. Like the Blues, Chicago played the end of the regular season without some key players but the Blackhawks are as healthy as they can be since forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been declared ready to go for Game 1. Kane missed the final 12 games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, while Toews sat out the last six with an upper-body issue. Toews, the team captain, won the Conn Smythe Trophy when Chicago won it all in 2010 and Kane claimed the playoff MVP award last spring. "Im excited to get things going," said the reigning Conn Smythe winner. "Ive watched a lot of hockey lately, so its going to be nice to play in some games now." The return of Kane and Toews bulks up Chicagos talented top-six that also includes Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and the up-and-coming Brandon Saad. Chicago won the Central Division last season in a lockout-shortened campaign and battled its way to a second Stanley Cup title in four years. The Blackhawks hope to become the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. The Blues, who were 28-9-4 at home this season, will host Game 2 of this series on Saturday. Chicago was 19-14-8 on the road in 2013-14. Avery Bradley Jersey . -- Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and No. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Jersey . 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"I think were getting there, were very close, you need those seminal moments that happen during games." With Marc Trestman, the teams mandate was simple: work hard, respect your opponent and maintain composure and discipline on the football field. Various team mantras were apparent during his tenure, including the popular "win the day." The team often took on the demeanor of their head coach on and off the field. "You know it took a little while to get used to him, just like it will take a little while for us to adjust to Hawkins," said defensive lineman John Bowman who enters his eighth season with the team. "Not to say it in a bad light, its just that trust isnt built overnight, we got to build our way to trust." Hawkins is clearly very different than the reserved and soft-spoken Trestman. General manager Jim Popp went outside the box and picked a coach whos loud, boisterous and provides sound bites by the dozen. The team will likely follow suit and the Alouettes that people have come to know, could have a much different feel to them. "Its been a work in progress," Popp said. "Each day is a new experience so whatever mistakes he makes, hell question and improve on them daily.dddddddddddd" Hitting the ground running will be key, but there will be some growing pains along the way with the offense. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo will be working with a limited playbook for the first couple games trying to learn a new system in a short amount of time. "Whats great is they havent overloaded us," Calvillo said. "They have a great amount of plays that weve really focused on and were trying to move forward from there." The offense will start the season without their top to running backs Brandon Whitaker and Jerome Messam while Chris Jennings will have the opportunity to show if what he did in a small sample size of seven games, specifically a standout game in Edmonton where he had 124 total yards, can be sustained for an entire season. Calvillo will be working with arguable the best wide receiving core in the league as Arland Bruce gets added to a mix that already includes Jamel Richardson, S.J. Green and Brandon London. There is a lot of information to digest for both the coaching staff and players early in the year, but the good news for the Alouettes is that they have a favorable schedule to start the season. "The first game is always tough, you dont know what the true personnel is going to be, the schemes, what theyre going to come out with," said offensive lineman Josh Bourke. "All we got to do is follow our rules and well be okay." 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