The St. Louis Blues can further tighten their grip on the opening round series with a win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 Tuesday. The Blues, led by the stellar goaltending of Brian Elliott can take a 3-1 series lead in Chicago and considering how lackluster the Hawks have played versus Central Division teams, there’s a good chance of that happening.
- The Blues have gone 5-15 SU in their last 21 visits to Chicago.
- The Blackhawks are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as favorites.
- The Blues are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus the Western Conference.
The Hawks are currently -165 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Blues come in at +145. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds while UNDER 5 goals comes in at -120.
The Hawks have struggled versus teams from the Central all season long and have been especially cold of late. In their last 14 meetings against teams from within the division, they have gone just 3-11 SU including the 1-2 series deficit they take into Tuesday’s meeting.
Elliott has stopped 105 of the 109 shots he’s faced, good enough for a sparkling .963 save percentage and 1.28 goals against average. His opposite, Corey Crawford, has been pretty good himself, posting a 1.92 goals against average and .929 save percentage in the three games.
Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season, has been held in check (as best a team can) through three games as he’s recorded three points thus far.
The Blues have actually handled the Blackhawks really well dating back to recent regular season meetings. They have gone 4-1 SU in the previous five meetings overall and have held them to just eight goals in those five games.