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Blues Must Rely on Road Savvy in Game 6

Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

After mounting a sensational comeback to force extra hockey, the St. Louis Blues were left devastated as Patrick Kane scored in double overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win in Game 5. The Blues will look to wrap things up in Game 6 in Chicago and if their history on the road is any indication, there’s a strong possibility that it happens.

Shark Bites
  • The Blackhawks are 2-5 SU in their last seven games overall.
  • The Blues are 4-0 SU in their last four games following a loss.
  • The Blackhawks are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games versus teams with a winning record.

The Blues have won both games in Chicago in their opening round series and have actually gone 7-0 straight up in their previous seven road games dating back to the final days of the regular season. In fact, after the Blues took a 1-0 series lead with a 1-0 overtime win in the series opener at the Scottrade Center, the road team has gone 4-0 SU in the series.

The Blues have gotten balanced scoring from all positions as three players enter Saturday’s game with five points and three head into the weekend with four points.

The Hawks lead all postseason participants with 37.4 shots per game, which makes it all the more surprising that each of Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa recorded their first goals in Game 5 and captain Jonathan Toews has failed to get one past Brian Elliott.

It’s probably safe to assume that the Blues have the 2014 postseason niggling in the back of their minds now. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening round that season before the Blackhawks won four-straight to advance. If that’s the case, this series is already over.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Chicago sat as -150 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2.4 win for the Blues. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks currently sport a record of 49-28-10. The St. Louis Blues are 52-25-10. Betting totals have seen the Blackhawks post a 32-33-22 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blues have gone 34-41-12 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Blues - Blackhawks odds would favor the Blues if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 13 in the current Odds Shark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 2.84 goals per game, against a Blues defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.45 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 22.99% while the Blues defense kills off 84.88% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
  • St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
  • Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Chicago is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games at home
  • Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing St. Louis

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