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2-3 Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues 3-2
St. Louis Leads Best of Seven 3-2
Date: Tuesday, April 19th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Chicago -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Blues had a chance to eliminate the defending champs, but failed to in Game 5.
The series now shifts back to Chicago with the Blackhawks having a chance to even things up and force a Game 7.
Chicago held a 3-1 lead mid way through the 3rd period and it looked they would rather easily send the series back to Chicago. However, nothing is ever easy when it comes to the NHL Playoffs.
The Blackhawks allowed 2 goals and the game went into double overtime before they finally put things away and sent the series to a Game 6.
The series is back on terms of home ice, but the Hawks still have a lot of work to do here. Chicago has had solid success inside the United Center, which bodes well for Game 6. The Hawks have gone 26-13-3-1 overall this year at home and have held the opposition to just 2.09 GAA.
G Corey Crawford is a huge key. The Hawks G has slipped up over the past 3 games allowing three goals twice and four goals the other. He needs to get himself by into rhythm as Chicago cannot afford any early slip ups, giving the Blues the momentum.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues had their chance. They had all the momentum after erasing a 3-1 deficit and were one goal away from advancing. Now this time must rally and regroup because the series is back on par.
However, the Blues have one thing going for them here and it’s their road play. St. Louis has gone 27-11-2-3 on the road this year, tallying 2.81 goals per game. The Blues have had no problem playing in front of the home team’s crowd and have even stole one from the Hawks here in this series.
Getting Vladimir Tarasenko back on track is key here. He had been producing goals and assists this series, but was held off the scoresheet in the 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5. When he kind find his rhythm and groove he is not only a threat to set up his teammates, but also a threat to score.
Grabbing an early goal here would be huge for St. Louis. Get the crowd out of it and get their momentum back.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Blues are 7-0 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Blues are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Central.
- Blues are 17-5 in their last 22 road games.
- Blackhawks are 11-5 in their last 16 Saturday games.
- Blackhawks are 37-17 in their last 54 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Blackhawks are 121-59 in their last 180 home games.
Free St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL Hockey Prediction
The Blackhawks have the momentum down 3-1.
They were another unfortunate bounce away from being eliminated, but rallied and kept their composure and eventually found the back of the net.
Key here will be defense. Both teams have the ability to score, but whoever breaks early in the back, could result in costing their team the game.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks
With the momentum and experience, the Hawks at this price are the way to go to even things up.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Chicago 4 – St. Louis 2
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