Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues - 4/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM (United Center)
Chicago Blackhawks +119 / St. Louis Blues -139
The St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-2 shootout victory over Colorado last time out. St. Louis opened the scoring when Jaden Schwartz scored 7:07 into the game. The lead would hold up through the rest of the 1st and all of the 2nd before Vladimir Tarasenko doubled the Blues lead just :14 into the 3rd period. Colorado pulled a goal back just over six minutes later and the Blues almost held on for the win, but the Avs would tie the game in the final minute, sending us to extra hockey. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Colorado missed all three of their chances while Ryan O’Reilly found the lone goal of the skills competition to secure the win and the extra point for the Blues. Jordan Binnington got the win to improve to 22-5-1 after stopping 24 of 26 shots faced in the winning effort as well as all 3 shots in the shootout.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to rebound after back-to-back defeats, following a 4-3 OT loss to the Jets last time out. Jonathan Toews opened the scoring for the Blackhawks, but the lead wouldn’t hold as Winnipeg took a 2-1 lead by the end of the 1st. The Jets pushed the lead to 3-1 before Dylan Strome scored just 1:12 later to bring the deficit back to 3-2 and Strome would also tie the game late in the 3rd with his 2nd of the game, sending us to overtime in the process. Winnipeg found the game-winner with just over a minute to go in OT, sending Chicago home with just a single point in the end. Corey Crawford took the loss, falling to 14-18-5 after allowing all 4 goals on 38 shots faced in the losing effort.
St. Louis is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Chicago is 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 7-19 in their last 26 games as a home underdog while the over is 19-6-1 in their last 26 home games. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
The Blackhawks and the plus money is tempting considering that I’m sure the Blackhawks want to finish the season strong for their fans at home, but the fact is that with Chicago eliminated, every win hurts their draft position. St. Louis is still fighting for a division title and are at the very least trying to hold on to home ice in the first round of the playoffs. I just think with more to play for here, St. Louis has to be the play on Wednesday night.