Blackhawks at Blues Game 2- 4/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-10) at St. Louis Blues (50-24-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, NBCSN
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues play game two of their series Friday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks hope to tie this series up before heading back to Chicago. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with seven shots on goal, Marián Hossa has five shots and Artemi Panarin has five shots. 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 one goal on 18 shots faced. Crawford has given up 11 goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues hope to put the pressure on Chicago with a solid 2-0 series lead. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. David Backes leads St. Louis with one goal, Jay Bouwmeester has one assist and Paul Stastny has two 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. Brian Elliott has allowed zero goals on 35 shots faced. Elliott has given up five goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games. The Blues are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Blackhawks are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in St. Louis and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Blackhawks could have easily taken game one, as they played three periods without either team finding the back of the net. We know that the Chicago Blackhawks play their best this time of the year, and they don't want to head back home in a 0-2 hole. I expect Chicago to find a way here.