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.
- 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.