History Not on Blues’ Side in Game 7s

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Less than one week ago, the St. Louis Blues were up 3-1 in their opening round series against the Chicago Blackhawks and many were expecting an eventual Western Conference semifinal appearance. Fast forward to today and the series is tied at three games apiece and the Blackhawks own all the momentum after rallying to victory in Game 6 Saturday.

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  • The Blues are 4-1 SU in their last five games after a loss.
  • The last time the Blues won a Game 7 Joel Quenneville was their head coach.
  • The Blackhawks are 1-5 SU in their last six games after consecutive wins.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Blackhawks at -115 in moneyline markets while the Blues are -105. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER at -105 and UNDER currently -115.

The Blues cruised to a 3-1 lead after just 11 minutes of play in Game 6 and looked to be headed to the next round. That just proved to be a perfect microcosm of this series as a whole as the Blackhawks battled back and scored three goals in the second period and prevailed 6-3 to force Game 7.

The mere mention of “Game 7” sends shivers down the spines of Blues fans. The Blues enter Monday’s contest with three-straight losses in a seventh-and-deciding game and are losers of seven of their last nine. They lost by a score of 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks back in the 2003 playoffs.

Granted, that was 13 years ago, but these historical trends have a way of haunting a franchise no matter what names are on the roster. Want some more historical data? The last time these two teams met in a Game 7 was 1990 when the Blackhawks won 8-2 thanks to a five-point performance from Steve Larmer.

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Is OKC Getting Too Many Points?

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The Dallas Mavericks-Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference first-round series has been a roller coaster ride so far, but the Mavs are on their last legs heading into Game 5 on Monday. OKC, which owns a 3-1 series lead and opened as 14-point favorites, is a brutal 1-6 ATS in its last seven when set as chalk of 14 points or more.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 7-1 SU in their last eight games as home favorites.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Mavericks' last six games as road underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Thunder' last seven games with a closing total of 205.0 or more.

Superstar forward Kevin Durant will need to put on a better showing throughout the rest of the playoffs. Durant was ejected in Game 4 for a flagrant foul and has been wildly inconsistent. The Slim Reaper shot a combined 18 of 40 for 28.5 points per game in Games 1 and 3 but went 14 of 53 for an average of 20 in the other two tilts.

Another trend that favors the Mavs: Dallas is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 road games. Dirk Nowitzki and company are also 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five after consecutive losses.

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Ducks Go for Fourth-Straight Win Monday

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Frederik Andersen has not singlehandedly won three-straight games for the Anaheim Ducks, but he has certainly played a very big part in digging his team out of a 0-2 hole against the Nashville Predators. The Ducks have really started hitting their stride since making the goaltending change from John Gibson to Andersen after Game 2 and can wrap things up in Tennessee Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Ducks are 4-0 SU in their last four games on the road.
  • The Predators are 2-5 SU in their last seven games after a loss.
  • The Ducks are 6-2 SU in their last eight games in Nashville.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Ducks at -120 in moneyline markets while the Predators come in at EVEN odds and both sides of the 5-goal total are currently -110.

Andersen is 3-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and .966 save percentage in three starts versus the Preds in the series. The Dane stopped 27 shots in Anaheim’s 5-2 win in Game 5 and improved to 7-1 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in nine career appearances in the regular season and playoffs combined. Makes you wonder why Bruce Boudreau didn’t go with him off the bat.

The Preds have been tepid since starting the series with a pair of 3-2 wins in California. The Ducks have been tough to score on when they are forced to kill penalties all season long, but the Preds must capitalize on the man advantage. The Predators are 0-14 on the power play in the past three games and are just 1-22 in the series.

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White Sox the Hottest UNDER Bet in MLB

The Chicago White Sox defensive-first mindset has them as the best UNDER play in baseball, with the ChiSox failing to top the closing total in 14 of their 19 games this season including each of their last eight outings. Bettors will be hoping the White Sox can continue this trend when they start their series against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday.

    The White Sox struggling offense will be facing Blue Jays’ ace when Marcus Stroman takes the mound at the Rogers Centre. Stroman, who has not registered a loss since June 2014, has posted a 4.13 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP through four appearances so far this season.

    Miguel Gonzalez will get the start for the White Sox after signing a minor league contract shortly before the start of the season. Gonzalez, who has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, is coming off the worst year of his career when he posted a 4.91 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP in 26 starts.

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    Up to Tottenham to Keep Pace Monday

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    Despite missing star striker Jamie Vardy, Leicester City thumped Swansea 4-0 to extend its lead over Tottenham to eight points. Now it is up to Spurs to keep up the pace when they host struggling West Brom at White Hart Lane Monday.


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