After a dominating regular season, the St. Louis Blues collapsed late in the season, sputtering into the playoffs on a six-game losing skid. But the slate will be wiped clean as they enter the playoffs, as the open their series with the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night on CBC.ca.
The game will be one of two Hockey Night in Canada streams Thursday, as we look towards the Western Conference after an electric opening night to the playoffs in a come from behind victory for Pittsburgh over Columbus, and an overtime victor for Montreal over Tampa Bay.
The double header will start with the Blues against the Blackhawks, and finish with Los Angeles in San Jose.
Follow the links below to watch the games live.
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues – 8:00 p.m. ET
After acquiring Ryan Miller at the trade deadline, the St. Louis Blues dropped six straight leading into the playoffs, where they’ll face a perennial post-season threat in the Chicago Blackhawks.
It’s a rematch of last year’s series, which the Blues lost in six games. While St. Louis is slumping, Chicago is getting healthier with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews back from injuries.
The game starts at 8 p.m., but coverage kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Click here to watch the stream.
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks – 10:30 p.m. ET
Since joining the Sharks in 2010-11, Antti Niemi has started all 34 playoff games for San Jose, a streak that could be broken by the strong play of Alex Stalock down the stretch.
Coach Todd McLellan remains unclear on whom he’ll start against the Los Angeles Kings in the series opener against L.A.’s Jonathan Quick.
The series should have some bad blood to watch for – Kings captain Dustin Brown sidelined Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl with a knee-on-knee hit in December. Hertl is calling the series “personal.”
The game starts at 10:30 p.m. Click here to watch the stream.