Blackhawks at Blues Game 5 - 4/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (48-28-10) at St. Louis Blues (52-25-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -125 / Chicago Blackhawks +113 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday night for game 5 at the Scottrade Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a victory here in order to keep this series alive. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Duncan Keith leads Chicago with three goal, Brent Seabrook has one assist and Artemi Panarin has 16 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 10 goals on 105 shots faced. Crawford has given up nine goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues hope to advance to the next round with a nice victory here. 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 three goal, Kevin Shattenkirk has three assist and Patrik Berglund has nine 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 seven goals on 151 shots faced. Elliott has given up seven goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 36-16 in their last 52 vs. Western Conference and 9-1 in their last 10 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in St. Louis and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
It's quite clear that the Blues have outplayed the Blackhawks this whole series, and winning in St. Louis won't be easy with a clincher on the line. However, the Blackhawks are still that experienced playoff team that usually finds a way this time of season. Not saying Chicago will win this series, but the value is with the Blackhawks and the plus money in this game. I'm taking the Blackhawks based on the line.