St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 4/29/14
Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15) at St. Louis Blues (52-23-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Blackhawks look to wrap up their opening round series with the Blues on Sunday as game six goes at the United Center in Chicago.
The St. Louis Blues have dropped three straight contests to their Central division rivals from Chicago as their road woes carried over to the Scottrade Center on Friday night as it was the Blackhawks who emerged victorious thanks to a Jonathan Toews overtime winner. The Blues were highly regarded as a Cup contender for most of the season and despite a late season swoon they were still the favourites to emerge victorious in this series especially after grabbing a 2-0 series lead. The Blues do have the roster to fight back and force a deciding game seven back at home but the Blackhawks know what it takes to close out a series and they would love to put an end to it here to avoid going back to the Gateway to the West. Ryan Miller who has been a tad inconsistent since his trade to St. Louis will have to come up with a special effort on the road as he will face off against Corey Crawford who was excellent in Chicago’s game five win on Friday.
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The Blackhawks are in a familiar position heading home on Sunday as they can wrap up their Western Conference quarterfinals series with St. Louis after stealing home ice advantage on Friday night. The Hawks and Blues battled all evening long as leads were never safe and momentum was constantly in motion but it was the reigning Cup champs who seized the overtime opportunity and put an end to an exciting contest on a breakaway marker from their captain. Chicago returns home where they have been brilliant all season and they can clinch their third win of these playoffs at the United Center which fittingly would put an end to St. Louis’ season. This series was one I expected to go the distance but not in the manner in which it has unfolded as I expected this to be a must win for the Hawks and not vice versa. As such, I have changed my mind as ultimately I think Chicago is the better team with way more playoff experience and while the Blues have had a nice run this year I think it comes to an end on a sour note in the Windy City.