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Hawks’ Struggles Vs Central Continues

Corey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis Blues NHL

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.

Shark Bites
  • 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.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the St. Louis Blues in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -120 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Friday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.5-2 win for the Blues on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues are 50-24-9 so far on the season. The Chicago Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 47-26-10. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen St. Louis go 32-41-10 and the Blackhawks go 30-33-20 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 13-rated Chicago Blackhawks taking on the No. 5-rated St. Louis Blues in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the St. Louis Blues No. 15-ranked offense (2.71 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.53 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 21.25% rate while the Blackhawks have a 80.17% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blackhawks were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blues. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -139 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
  • Chicago is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing St. Louis
  • Chicago is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to St. Louis, Sunday, April 17th