(KSDK Sports) -- Tonight in downtown St. Louis, The St. Louis Blues continue their best-of-seven battle with the Chicago Blackhawks. We asked three of our Blues insiders, Mike Poepping and Jeff Ponder of our St. Louis Blues Face Off Show, and noted NHL writer Kevin Allen of USA Today, to comment on what some of the Blues players need to do tonight to be difference makers.
What's the keys to a great game tonight for Kevin Shattenkirk?
Ponder: The reason Armstrong acquired the crafty defender was for his puck-moving skills and his ability to read the offensive rush like a forward. He'll need to rediscover this part of his game to be effective in tonight's game.
Poepping: His silent offensive prowess is only bested by his in-zone coverage. However, he can become complacent at times and let opposing forwards slip away. If he can stay focused on the play and not just the puck, he will defend flawlessly, and transition with ease.
Allen: You can't survive in the NHL playoffs with a power play that's below a 10 percent efficiency. Shattenkirk is the quarterback of that power play and he has to make it much better then it has been. They need a goal or two tonight from the power play and Shattenkirk is the key.
The Blues need two big games from Kevin Shattenkirk and T.J. Oshie if they want to take the series lead and their momentum.