Blackhawks Game 5 Notes For Thursday @ St. Louis
* The Blues beat the Blackhawks, 4-3, in Game 4, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in this series. St. Louis has had a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 with Game 5 on home ice five times in franchise history, and has won all five of those contests.
* Chicago has faced a 3-1 deficit with Game 5 on the road 10 times in franchise history, and has lost all 10 of those series (seven of those matchups were lost in five games).
* The Blues have an all-time mark of 24-22 in potential series-clinching games. Chicago is just 30-49 when facing off in an elimination game all-time.
* Duncan Keith lit the lamp twice in Game 4, giving him a team-high three goals in this series – one shy of tying his career high in a single postseason. Including one marker during the regular season, Keith has four goals vs. the Blues in 2015-16 – tied for his most in any year vs. any opponent in his NHL career (had four goals vs. Vancouver in 2010-11).
* Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and a helper on Tuesday night, garnering first-star accolades, and giving him a team-high three markers in this series. Dating to last year’s playoffs, Tarasenko has nine goals in his last nine postseason skates.
* There were 11 game misconducts issued in Game 4 (five on the Blues, six on the Blackhawks) – most in any single playoff game since the 1990 postseason. One of those players, Andrew Shaw, was suspended for tonight’s tilt due to shouting a homophobic slur at an official.