ST. LOUIS — Teuvo Teravainen will play, and the Blackhawks will try to complete their series comeback when they face the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 on Monday night.
Teravainen did not skate Monday morning. Tomas Fleischmann skated in his place on the second line. But coach Joel Quenneville said Teravainen is fine and “ready to go” for Game 7.
The Dallas Stars, who eliminated the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon, will play the winner of this game in the second round. Dates and times of that series will be determined at a later date.
The Blackhawks forced Game 7 with their 6-3 victory over the Blues on Saturday night at the United Center. The Blues are looking to eliminate the Blackhawks in front of the home crowd, but home ice has not automatically meant success for either club in this series. The Blackhawks and Blues have won just one home game each.
“It’s an opportunity that you think of when you're little. You think of Game 7s when you watch them on TV as a little kid ... how intense they're going to be. Now having the opportunity to play in one is tremendous,” Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “We haven’t had this opportunity in this locker room before. It’s a great opportunity for all 20 of us to go out there and make our name, to stamp ourselves in history and become one of those guys.”
For the Blackhawks, many of them have been in a few Game 7s already. The Blackhawks have had four previous Game 7s under Quenneville, winning two (vs. Detroit in 2013 and at Anaheim in 2015) and losing two (at Vancouver in 2011 and vs. Los Angeles in 2014).
“You live or you’re dead: That’s what it’s all about,” Quenneville said of Game 7s. “One play can make the determination of a whole season and great opportunity. Attention to detail’s important in a Game 7.”
The Blackhawks’ detail got much better in the second and third period of their Game 6 comeback victory. They scored five unanswered goals and shored up their defensive game. Now they’ll see if that trend continues and if it’s enough to get them into the second round.
“We hadn’t been playing good in the series at home until those two periods. We found a different level to compete and to play,” Niklas Hjalmarsson said. “So hopefully we can carry that on to tonight’s game.”