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Blues Can Wrap Up Series Tonight

Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis Blues NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The St. Louis Blues used a sensational run that bridged March and April to lock up the No. 2 spot in the ultra-competitive Central Division. Based on that strong run of play, they can dispatch one of those division foes Thursday night as they take a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks back to St. Louis for Game 5.

Shark Bites
  • The Blackhawks are 1-5 SU in their last six games versus the Blues.
  • The Blues are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus teams from their division.
  • The Blackhawks are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games versus teams with a winning record.

Online book Bovada currently has the Blues at -130 on home ice while the Blackhawks are +110 in moneyline markets. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -105 while UNDER 5 goals is -115.

The Blues won eight of their final 10 regular season games and have taken three of their four games versus the Blackhawks in their opening round series. Vladimir Tarasenko tallied a pair of goals and an assist in the Blues’ 4-3 victory in Game 4 Tuesday, giving him five points in the series.

Hawks netminder Corey Crawford hasn’t had a huge work load in the series, the Blues are just capitalizing on their chances. Crawford has saved 95 of 105 shots which pales in comparison to the Blues’ Brian Elliott, who has had to face 151 shots, but has stopped 144 of them.

The Blackhawks have been in similar spots versus the Blues in the playoffs, however, and shouldn’t be counted out until they are cleaning out their lockers. Back in the 2014 playoffs, the Blackhawks had dropped the first two games against the Blues in the opening round before winning four straight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Chicago Blackhawks before puck drop in this match found them as 113 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.5-2 win for the Blues. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues currently sport a record of 52-25-9. The Chicago Blackhawks are 48-28-10. Betting totals have seen the Blues post a 33-41-12 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blackhawks have gone 31-33-22 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the St. Louis Blues rated this week at No. 5 and the Chicago Blackhawks sitting at No. 13.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 2.72 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.55 goals allowed. The Blues power play is averaging 22.18% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 79.18% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
  • Chicago is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
  • St. Louis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
  • St. Louis is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to St. Louis, Saturday, April 23rd

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