Blackhawks at Blues - 4/13/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-9) at St. Louis Blues (49-24-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -115 / Chicago Blackhawks -105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues play game one of the playoffs Wednesday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks made the playoffs after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 46 goals, Artemi Panarin has 47 assists and Jonathan Toews has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 131 goals on 1,718 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 67 goals on 784 shots. Crawford has allowed 14 goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues enter the playoffs hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 40 goals, David Backes has 24 assists and Troy Brouwer has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 101 goals on 1,260 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 78 goals on 1,113 shots. Elliott has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 8-2 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-8 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Blackhawks are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
We all know the Chicago Blackhawks shine in the playoffs and have a proven track record this time of year. Meanwhile, the Blues have lost in the first round in back-to-back seasons. St. Louis has to prove it can handle the postseason before it gets my money. I'm siding with Chicago to steal game one on the road.