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Wednesday, October 9th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-1) at St. Louis Blues (2-0-0), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues attempt to open a season with three straight victories for the first time in 20 years on Wednesday night as they play host to the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blues, who are opening the campaign with a five-game homestand, secured their second straight 2-0 start and fourth in five seasons on Saturday with a 7-0 rout of the Florida Panthers.

Jaroslav Halak stopped all 19 shots faced for his 17th career shutout with the Blues, surpassing Glenn Hall for the most in franchise history. Hall, a Hall of Famer who also played with Detroit and Chicago, concluded his career with four seasons with the Blues from 1967-1971.

Hall appeared in 140 games with the Blues, while Halak played in his 121st game with the club.

"I know he was a great goaltender, Hall of Fame," Halak said of Hall. "He was in the league for many years and he was great. I'm glad I passed him in shutouts, but I wouldn't be able to do it without my teammates. They've been great again tonight, especially on the (penalty kill). They did a great job even though we took a few penalties, but we stuck with the game plan.

"It's a special feeling, but it's only the start of the season. We got two wins, I got one shutout, but like I said, I wouldn't be able to do it without my teammates, none of them."

Halak's 26th career shutout was backed with goals from seven different players. Brenden Morrow scored a first-period power-play goal, while Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Derek Roy all scored in a 3:41 span in the second. Alex Steen also scored on a penalty shot in the middle frame, while Ryan Reaves and Patrik Berglund added third-period tallies.

St. Louis outshot Florida 34-19 and will try to open a season 3-0 for the first time since 1993-94.

The Blues will go up against a Blackhawks club that is 5-1-1 in the past seven meetings and took two of three meetings in St. Louis a season ago. Both Chicago victories at Scottrade Center were shutouts, one by Corey Crawford.

The Blackhawks, who opened last season 6-0 and with an NHL-record 24-game point streak to begin the campaign, have earned points in each of their first two games this season.

Chicago began defense of its Stanley Cup title with a win over Washington on Oct. 1 before dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored second-period goals from the Blackhawks, but the Lightning tallied twice in the third frame and got the only goal of the shootout.

Jonathan Toews, Kane and Marian Hossa were all stopped in the tiebreaker.

Corey Crawford made 14 saves through overtime and didn't face his first shot until the second period. The 'Hawks outshot the Lightning 39-16.

"I didn't mind the way we played," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. "We did what we wanted to do most of the night."

Both Saad and Kane have scored in each of Chicago's first two games and Saad has logged four points on the campaign.

"I thought he had a great game tonight," Quenneville said of Saad. "I thought he had the puck a lot. He was dangerous. He was a threat."

Chicago, coming off its second three-day rest period, will play its first game on the road tonight before back-to-back home games beginning on Friday versus the New York Islanders.

10/09 10:44:23 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
8th
ANA 6
OAK 9
 
7th
SDP 2
COL 3
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 2
 
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
4th
LAC 101
DEN 88
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR