Chicago vs St Louis NHL Playoff Series Game 1 Odds Preview

Posted by Aaron . on April 12, 2016 in

On Wednesday night, the St. Louis Blues welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town to start their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Blues won three of the five meetings between the teams, but all three of those wins took place in overtime or on the shootout. Make sure to keep up with the pro hockey lines action for each game with

Blackhawks vs Blues NHL Playoff Series Game 1 Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 9:30pm ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: Blues vs Blackhawks
Live Stream: NBCSN
NHL Odds: Blues -125

Why should you bet on the Blackhawks at +105?

The Blackhawks are a dynamo on offense, led by captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane as they ideally pour in goal after goal. Goalie Corey Crawford has also been solid this year, although there have been nights when his defense has left him out to dry. This is a gritty line up, though, as Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov bring attitude and toughness to the scoring lines. The Blackhawks are much deeper than the Blues, so if the injury bug shows up, the Blackhawks should be much better off than St. Louis would be. The Blackhawks have the advantage of winning the Cup last year, while St. Louis may well have a mental block after making a reputation for falling out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Why should you put your money on St. Louis at -125?

The Blues are a terrific defensive team, both at even strength and on the penalty kill. They snuffed out 85.1% of power plays this year (3rd) and ranked second in the NHL, allowing only 1.95 goals per game. Their wingers Robby Fabbri, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, are young and fast, and they also have heft in Troy Brouwer and David Backes. Coach Ken Hitchcock has built a defense-first team that buys into his philosophy and has strangled opposing offenses all season long. Given some of the Blackhawks’ struggles to score goals down the stretch, they could really struggle against the St. Louis attack.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These Blues are different, as their defense is as strong as usual but is accompanied by an offense that can execute. I like the Blues to take Game 1 from the visitors, 3-1.