Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues - 4/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (50-25-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (48-26-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -149 / St. Louis Blues +125 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Blackhawks return to the United Center on Sunday looking to take a 2-1 series lead against their division rivals from St. Louis.
The Blues take to the road looking to retake home ice advantage as they head into the United Center for games three and four of their Central division show down with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues dropped game two after winning the series opener in overtime and now face a tough task of playing the defending champs in their own building which has become a very hostile place to play for visitors and shouldn’t be any different on Sunday. St. Louis has the team to compete with the Hawks and were very successful on the road this season but the Hawks were among the league’s best at home and have a very good shot at building a commanding lead after the bext two contests.
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The Blackhawks felt an immediate difference with Duncan Keith back in the lineup after his six game suspension and he could very well be the difference in this series as the Blues have a very deep roster with a number of different scoring options. However, I am still not completely sold on this Chicago team and while they have the resume and a ton of world class players they didn’t seem to have it this season and while the Blues may not be the answer they are as good as any to get it done in the first round and while it will be tough to get a win in Chicago in this game or the next they have been more consistent this season and I think they silence the crowd with a big win.