Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: St. Louis at Chicago, 19 March 2014

by J.R.

For the fourth time this season, the Blues and Blackhawks — the top rivalry in Conference III — will face off for the Conference III Belt.

And for the first time, the Crown of Fecal Matter will go to the loser of a Belt match.

Can St. Louis hold the belt? Can Chicago shed the hat?

The Challenger: Chicago!

The Challenger: Chicago!

The Challenger: St. Louis!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Belt!

The Belt!

Tale of the Tape:

Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis Blues
39-15-15 Record 47-14-7
4-5-1 Last 10 8-1-1
Joel “The Thrill” Quenneville Coach Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock
233 Goals For 226
182 Goals Against 152
Patrick “Mr Patty Kane” Kane (68) Points Leader T.J. “Whoashie” Oshie (54)
Kane and Patrick “A Very Handsome Man” Sharp (29) Goals Leader Alexander “The Above Average” Steen (30)
Corey “The Crow” Crawford Goaltender Ryan “All-America” Miller
Bryan “Bingo” Bickell and Michal “Big Rozie” Rozsival Threero None (yet)
Ben “Buzzfeed” Smith Rookie To Watch Dmitrj “Double J” Jaskin”
6’1″ Average Height 6’1″
201 Average Weight 206
2 Title Belts Won 3
2-3 as Challenger, 4-2 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 9-2 as Champion, 3-0 as Challenger

St. Louis has won the three previous meetings — all for the Belt — and Chicago hasn’t beat a Conference III team since the Blackhawks last won the Belt by beating Colorado 7-2 on December 27.

If St. Louis retains, they’ll next face a challenge March 27 against Minnesota. If Chicago wins it, they’ll put it up against Nashville on Sunday.

Puck drops at 7 PM tonight. The Belt match is televised nationally on NBCSN.