(CBS) In an interview with the McNeil and Spiegel Show on Friday morning, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman called the St. Louis Blues a “tough … challenge” after their move to acquire Ryan Miller at the trade deadline but said he felt no urge to make a move because of that.
“They’ve been a good team all year, even last year,” Bowman said. “They don’t give up a lot of goals. They’ve always a strong defensive team, whether that’s the goal-tender or just the way they play. So Ryan’s a great goalie, there’s no question about that, but it’s not like we thought St. Louis wasn’t a tough opponent (before). They’ve been tough all year and the last couple years. It’s going to be a challenge, but it doesn’t really change anything for us … We’re looking at it as a team we want to play well against, and we have to bring our A-game against. That was the case a month ago, and that’s the case right now.”
The Blues lead the Central Division with 90 points, while the Blackhawks are in second with 88 points. St. Louis has also played two fewer games.
The Blues were tabbed by Bovada.com earlier this week as the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup, but Bowman feels as confident as ever in his defending champions.
“We’ve shown time after time that when games are on the line, we rise to the challenge, and we play great hockey,” Bowman said.