During the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks were not at their best versus teams from within the Central Division. Those struggles continued in Game 1 of their playoff series versus the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night, but the Hawks will try to pull even at one game apiece as the series resumes Friday night in St. Louis.
- The Blackhawks are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games in St. Louis.
- The Blues are 8-2 SU in their previous 10 games versus teams with a winning record.
- The Blues are 8-0 SU in their last eight games versus the Western Conference.
Online Bovada is presently offering the Blues at -125 in moneyline markets while the Blackhawks come in at -105. The total is set at 5 with OVER -110 and UNDER -120.
The Game 1 loss extended a depressing run against the Central division for the Blackhawks. The Hawks have gone just 2-10 SU in their previous 12 games versus the division; a run that dates all the way back to early February.
David Backes scored in overtime to break a 0-0 deadlock in Game 1 as the Blues continued to be a shutout machine. Brian Elliott stopped 35 shots to post his fourth shutout in his last nine starts overall.
Corey Crawford did everything he could at the other end of the ice as he stopped 17 of 18 shots in the opener, but came up short as a Backes pass deflected off of Trevor van Riemsdyk’s skate in front of the unsuspecting Crawford.