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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 4/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks (32-37-10) at St. Louis Blues (43-30-6)
Date & Time Wednesday April 4, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues -215 / Chicago Blackhawks +193 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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NHL | Chicago Blackhawks (32-37-10) at St. Louis Blues (43-30-6)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks could use a feel good victory here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 27 goals, Duncan Keith has 30 assists and Jonathan Toews has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 85 goals on 921 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 32 goals, Brayden Schenn has 39 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 145 goals on 1,551 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 55 goals on 790 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed a combined 14 goals in their last three games.

The Blackhawks are 2-12 in their last 14 road games, 15-39 in their last 54 vs. Western Conference and 8-21 in their last 29 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 5-11 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 3-1-3 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and 8-1-4 in the last 13 meetings.

There's no picking the Chicago Blackhawks, as they've clearly given up on the season and are giving up four or more goals almost daily these days. The St. Louis Blues have been one of the hotter teams in the last three weeks and have won five of the last eight meetings against the Blackhawks. I'm not laying this crazy juice, so I'll take the Blues and the puck line. I just can't bring myself to even consider backing the Blackhawks in their current form.

Pick:
St. Louis Blues -1.5

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