Chicago at St Louis NHL Odds Analysis
The Chicago Blackhawks return to the ice in St. Louis to take on the Blues in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Blackhawks sent 35 shots at the St. Louis net in Game 1, but it didn’t matter as the Blues posted a shutout. They limited St. Louis to 18 shots, but the 18th one was the overtime winner. Chicago has to figure out how to solve the Blues’ netminder and get this series even before things move back to the Windy City. Find the latest NHL betting odds here.
Chicago Blackhawks at St Louis Blues NHL Odds Analysis
When: Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Radio: KMOX 1120 AM St. Louis
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on St. Louis?
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock had goalie Brian Elliott on a short leash, but he rewarded his coach’s faith. There was a breakaway by Chicago captain Jonathan Toews during the second period, but Elliott denied Toews. The Blues played a bruising game, outhitting the Blackhawks 41-24. Kevin Shattenkirk simply steamrolled Artem Animisov in the goal mouth, and Robby Fabbri dealt Michal Rozsival the loudest hit of the night. Maintaining that physical, grinding game is the best way for St. Louis to manage the fleet Blackhawks. Elliott also stoned Artemi Panarin on a breakaway late in regulation. St. Louis has won six of the last eight games against Chicago and will have a world of confidence in Game 2.
Why should you put your money on the Blackhawks?
Chicago played outstanding defense against the Blues, even with reigning Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith out of the lineup. Niklas Hjalmarsson dominated the blue line for the Blackhawks, logging 28:11 on the ice and blocking five shots, including a bruiser from Vladimir Tarasenko in the opening period. Keith will be back on the ice for the Hawks on Friday night. During the regular season, he had some success against St. Louis, tallying a goal and an assist while earning a +3 rating. Last year’s playoffs were a feast for him, as he put up three goals and 18 helpers. Patrick Kane will also be hungry after being shut out in Game 1. He had seven goals and five assists in his five regular season games in April. He also had two goals and three assists in the teams’ meetings during the regular season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Chicago won the Stanley Cup last year by finding ways around physical teams like the Blues. If Chicago can fire 35 more shots in Game 2, they will get some of them through to the back of the net. I like Chicago to even this series, 3-2.