St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 4/13/16 NHL 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: 5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks meet up in St. Louis on Wednesday night for their first game of the Central division semi-finals.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into St. Louis on Wednesday night looking to steal game one away from their division rivals and start their Stanley Cup defense with a victory. The Hawks will have to do it without reigning Conn Smythe winner though as Duncan Keith finishes off his six game suspension in this one and while it takes more than just a single player you can’t deny his importance to this team and he will certainly be missed in this first game. The Hawks do have the Art Ross winner in Patrick Kane who was the only player to reach the 100 point plateau this season and he and Jonathan Toews will be leaned on heavily to produce once again when it matters most and that includes a pivotal series opener that could immediately sway the momentum in their favour. Corey Crawford is slated in to get the start as he will face off against Brian Elliott who has been designated the team’s starter for the playoffs.
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The Blues have had another strong regular season but much like in year’s past they face a stiff test in the first round as they will have to knock off the defending Cup champs if they want to avoid yet another first round exit. St. Louis was a little quiet in the Western Conference this season despite finishing the year with the second best overall record and third highest point total in the NHL but they like it just fine that way and will look to prove the doubters wrong once again as they are starting to get healthy at the right time. There is no question the Blues have a very strong blue line but it is their offensive depth that will be the difference in this series as they will need all four line to be firing against a Hawks side that has endless playoff experience. This will be a very exciting series that is lined up to go the distance but without Keith in this one I think the Blues get the first victory.