The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks have won their last four games and are 5-1-0 since beginning the 2010-11 campaign with consecutive losses. Chicago's last two victories have come after regulation and Joel Quenneville's club has won three straight -- all at home -- by one goal.
Patrick Kane scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on Wednesday. Prior to that, Chicago defeated the Blues in overtime Monday at the United Center.
Kane sent a backhand attempt at Roberto Luongo and the puck trickled under the Vancouver netminder's pads and into the net near the right post in the shootout.
Marty Turco stood tall with 36 saves for Chicago, which is on the road for just one game tonight before returning to the Windy City for another three- game homestand.
"It was a solid game all the way around against a hungry, aggressive team that had a lot to play for tonight," Turco said.
Unlike Chicago, the Blues have not fared well in close games this season. St. Louis has lost three straight since beginning the season 2-0 and the club has been edged by just one goal in all three of its losses this year.
The last two setbacks came after regulation, including Monday's loss to the Blackhawks. Patrick Sharp scored the game-winning goal for Chicago with 1:10 left in OT.
The Blues have been idle since that 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks and should be well-rested for tonight's rematch.
St. Louis is 2-0 as the host this year, but the Blackhawks have won three of five and four of their last seven contests in the Gateway City. Chicago has won six of eight and seven of the last 11 meetings overall.